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Switch? Hub? Access point?


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King Belshazzar

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Greetings all. Forum noob here. I've got a question. I have my computers on a Netgear Wireless N router and that router is connected to a DSL modem. I have a room that is so far from the router that it took a 75-foot wire to reach the PC there. Now, I would like to use a 2nd PC there but the wireless signal isn't reaching. I'd like to be able to use the network wire without removing it from the 1st PC, but I don't necessarily need to use the two computers at the same time. What do I need to buy? I'm confused about the terminology and function of routers, switches, hubs, repeaters and access points, so I can't figure out what to search for. Thanks to anyone who would like to comment.
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UK site but the principle is the same and they're available globally:
http://www.homeplugs.co.uk/

In a nutshell: Take the 75 foot cable out. You don't need it.
Buy three homeplugs.

Plug one into a power socket by the router, and run a network cable from it to an available connection on the router, and switch the plug on at the wall.
At the 1st PC, plug the second homeplug in to a near plug and run a cable from it to the network port on the back of the computer.
Repeat for the 2nd PC.

Providing all the electrical sockets in the house go through the same fuse box (which is the situation for most households), HomePlug will work. Need to move the PC at a later date? Not a problem. Just unplug it and plug it in again somewhee else.
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Nice solution. Thanks, Neil.
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if you did want to keep the ethernet cable that you've already run across the house, you'd want to get a wireless access point for the remote end of the cable.
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Thanks, dsenette. I sort of wondered if that's what an access point does. I was unsure though, because I didn't understand if that something that works for ordinary home DSL service or if that's for an office network.
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a wireless access point is basically just a wireless switch. it connects to your existing wired network then gives you a way to connect to said wired network. just like a switch except wireless
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