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mrdrphil007

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Ok so heres whats goin on.

Im gettin cable next week to go on my mom's and my computer. We want to run cable on both of the computers, but we have a problem; two actually. I was thinking about getting a wireless router and the reciever cards, but im afraid opening up the case and putting in the card will void the warranty on my mom's emachines (yech). AND, none of the PCI slots on my mobo work, so thats kinda out. I was thinking about just a regular ol' router, but I dont know much networking, so can anybody help sort this out?

Is there like a splitter sort of deal that goes onto the cat5 on the output of the modem that I can run 2 computers at the same time on?

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You can buy external wireless adaptors that plug into a USB slot. These are capable of connecting to wireless routers in the same way as internal PCI cards can.

They aren't that expensive but should last until the warranty runs out and then you can go buy some wireless PCI cards which can transferred into any other computer.

The router will handle the internet connection - feed it your details - then just configure the two wireless computers to connect to your router.
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Is there like a splitter sort of deal that goes onto the cat5 on the output of the modem that I can run 2 computers at the same time on?

thanks
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No there isnt any splitters for networking and it wont work like that. You have to buy a wired router or a wireless router with 2 wireless nics, or 2 wireless nics that uses the usb to power it and then set it up using (ad-hoc) mode which is peer to peer and one pc has to always stay on and be the server for the other pc.


Your best bet is to get a wireless router with 2 wireless nics usb powered, or a wired router and cat 5e networking cable and run it from the router to the 2 pc's. If you go with the regular router all you need is cat 5 cable and plug them from the router to each pc. Thats it.

If the 2 pc's are in different rooms, You will have to figure out what to do with laying the cat5e cable between the 2 rooms.

I had someone run the cat5e cable from my office to my master bedroom through the attic and then he installed 2 outlets.

If you dont like wires and the distance is far go wireless. :tazz:
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sorry about the double post moderators.

Edited by Irongeek, 12 December 2005 - 08:45 AM.

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sorry dude wrong thread.
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