I am revamping my current home network that consists of two wired CPUs, two wireless laps, and a wired printer, using a Linksys 4-port wireless (b) (gasp! I know) router. Everything works okay for the most part with the exception of the fact that we lose DSL connection about 4 or 5 times a day, sometimes more, due to the router going haywire, and it usually occurs when the second laptop connects (in addition to the CPU and other lap already on the network.) In addition, we suffer a lot of lag on online computer games if three of the systems are connected at one time (the two laps and one desktop...usually the printer and/or one CPU are not in use during this time.) I am, first of all, wondering if the fact that five components accessing this router is just a tad too many, causing the disconnection problems. I end up resetting the router and that works, but it will periodically go out again, in which case I end up resetting, resetting, resetting, etc.
I have a new computer on the way that will take the place of one of the older ones I am currently using. In light of this, and considering the lag and connection problems, I'm looking into revamping this network in order to eliminate the disconnection problems and hopefully increase speed while gaming (it's not an issue of video cards, because each system will run fine if it's the only one on the network at the time.) I plan to wire the printer directly to the new system (since it is the only one that I will print off of, perhaps only sharing the printer with one other laptop in the network through that system) BUT it isn't going to cut down on the number of systems actually accessing the router, since my husband plans to use my discarded CPU for an online DJ'ing job he has, running his laptop and that CPU, using them simultaneously for separate programs (both of the programs he uses are resource hogs.)
I have a wireless (g) router, brand new, stuck in my office closet somewhere, but it is also a 4-port, so I started looking for 6-port routers, hoping to solve the disconnection problems I have. During a search, I came across this "wireless N" which, if I understand what I have read correctly, is the newest router on the market (so new the specs aren't officially published yet?) and that according to the information I read, it sounds like this will provide the extra bandwidth we need to cut down on or eliminate the lag. Am I understanding this correctly? There are two models I was looking at, both Linksys, one a WTN 150 and also a 300 (called a draft N, I guess) and I'm also wondering which would be the better router to get, IF it is indeed what might solve the lag problem. However, back to square one again, I only see 4-port models, which in my mind might put me back to getting disconnected...<sigh>
Sorry to ramble, and I hope this made sense to somebody out there. I'm not knowledgeable about this stuff although I like to believe I can understand the basics and try to logic things out the rest of the way...
I guess I just need some input as to whether a) I am correct in assuming my connection problems are caused by the 4-port being accessed by more than 4 components, b) I should actually have a 6-port wireless router, and c) this wireless N will solve the lag problems for gaming.
If you've read this far, you have the patience of a saint and I would truly appreciate any feedback you can provide. Thanks!