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Looking for some home networking suggestions


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timetowaste

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I have DSL internet which is shared via a D-link router (wired).
I have two computers on it right now. I want to put a third computer on. This isn't a problem because there are four connections from the router. The problem is that I want to put a computer in a bedroom on the second floor and want to figure out the cheapest way to make this happen without trying to run a cable from the first floor to the second. I know this can be done with a wireless router but I really don't want to have to buy one and then all the receivers for each computer.

Thanks for any help.
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Hey man,

The cheapest solution I could think of would be drilling holes in our house and running cable all over the place, tieing it down with plastic wire supports. But I don't think you want to do that.

The next best solution I can give you is to buy a wireless router. Now right now you're probably thinking, "I just said I didn't want to do that." Hear me out. When you drop by your local Best Buy, Future Shop, what have you, and you run over to the networking section, you are going to see alot of networking equipment. Now I know that today's wireless routers can come with wired ports. I know this because I have a DLink at home with wireless and wired ports.

So if you think about it, swap out your wired router for a wireless router, plug in your wired computers to the wireless router, grab a wireless receiver for your computer, slap that into your system, and voila! Instant upstairs network access. Don't forget to password protect your wireless signal.

I'm sure others would agree that this is the best way. However, I don't know everything so you can wait for some more replies to this topic to see if anyone has some better ideas. But as far as mine go, it's a face-off between holes in the house or wireless access. Hope this helps.

Cheers:)
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Getting a router with both wired and wireless capabilities seems like the best option.

Thanks for pointing that out I never knew that there are routers with both.

Edited by timetowaste, 18 April 2006 - 07:44 AM.

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No problem man. Always willing to help.

Cheers:)
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What's the performance like for your average wireless router?

Will it get disconnected all the time?

Will it be noticably slower?

What do you think of Linksys for a brand?

Edited by timetowaste, 18 April 2006 - 10:34 PM.

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Linksys and DLink are practically the same thing. It pretty much comes down to brand preference. I use DLink now, I used Linksys in the past. I would still use both.

No you will not notice a loss of quality in your internet connection/speed. Wireless is actually way better than most people think. Yeah sometimes problems will arise with your wireless connection, but I find it rarely happens. If anything does happen, just post a topic on GTG forums here and we'll help you out.

One thing I must stress though is that you really should secure your wireless connection. Password the wireless signal with a super tough password, and give the router's admin account a strong password as well. That should lock you down pretty good. If you need some more detailed instructions, I think there are some wireless network guides on the forums here; just do a search and you should be all good.

Cheers:)
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Thanks for your help
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Anytime my friend. :whistling:
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