Routers

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by stopnshop, May 12, 2004.

  1. stopnshop

    stopnshop Guest

    Getting a modem in my house but need to use 2 computers. Got advice to get a router, a wireless router is ideal because the two rooms are at opposite ends of the apartment. Can you give me any tips, like will it slow the service down, what kind or brand to get, from where, or anything else a very computer illiterate person should know.
     
  2. galek_spoo

    galek_spoo New Member

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    get a .11g linksys. don't forget the appropriate nics.
     
  3. stopnshop

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    whats a nic?
     
  4. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    Network Interface Card

    Basically it's the device that will be installed in the computers that wirelessly connects to the router.
     
  5. stopnshop

    stopnshop Guest

    whats the avg. price i should pay?
     
  6. Stev

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    G is really comming down in price, u can either get a PCI card or a USB adapter style... i suggest a USB adapter because there is more control over what kind of signal you can get rather then being stuck behind the machine in a corner u know.

    go to best buy or walmart and look at their name brands, subtract 10-15% off and that is what u would expect from respectable online vendors.
     
  7. Keyzs

    Keyzs OT Supporter

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    You do not give us alot to go on... How far apart are the computers? Are they desktops or laptops?

    What network type??
    802.11g
    Have a range up to 150 feet or so
    54 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz
    64 users per access point
    Backwards compatible with 802.11b
    'G' spots are not very popular but the G card can be used at 802.11b spots.
    802.11b
    Average range of 150
    11 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz
    32 users per access point
    802.11b usually costs less
    Most common on college campuses, homes and businesses.
    802.11a
    Not even worth discussing, expensive, poor range and just not worth the time.
    What type of hardware?
    Router/Hub/Access Point
    The only way to go, kill three birds with one stone. You can them seperate if you choose.
    NIC's Three choices
    USB Usually cheapest, easy to install and move between computers. Usually better range since they can be located some other than the back of the computer. I have heard of a few that do not require any software...

    PCI Less clutter, middle priced, easy to install if you have any clue about computers, would not give to my grandmother and told her to install.

    PCMCIA Most expensive, usually reserved for Laptops.
    Just a suggestion, I use Linksys for all my private installs (besides usually cheapest I have well over 2 dozen install without a problem yet.)

    If you have the money and think you have a reason for the speed go with G
    Broadband Router Model WRT54G $90.99
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-010&depa=1
    PCI Ethernet Adapter Model WMP54G $67.99
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-115&depa=1
    USB Network Adapter Model WUSB54G $66.99
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-126&depa=1

    If you want to save some money and just plan on sharing internet and limited file/print sharing got with B. (Personal experience I get better performance with B over G when distance is an issue..)
    Broadband Router Model BEFW11S4 $62.99
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-002&depa=1
    USB Network Adapter Model WUSB11 $50.50
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-103&depa=1
    PCI Ethernet Adapter Model WMP11 $57.99
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-104&depa=1

    If your a fool and have money to blow, let me know I will set you up with some A's...

    Every item listed above currently have $10 rebates. (Each item)

    Once you get all that setup and installed, search around the internet for wireless security, the parts and install are only the first steps.
     
  8. stopnshop

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    One computer is laptop other is desktop. The two computers are in rooms seperated by a kitchen. We are going with optimum online. We can't afford top of the line, but don't want poor quality. I don't know much else, like I said I am very illiterate. Thanks.
     
  9. Keyzs

    Keyzs OT Supporter

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    I am not sure what Optimum online is but I will assume its the ISP???

    If all your planning on doing is sharing the internet access among the computers then I would go with B and save $40+/-.

    Wireless Notebook Kit includes Router and PC Card, Model W11S4PC11
    $98.50
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-118&depa=1

    Instant Wireless USB Network Adapter, Model WUSB11
    $50.50 (before $10 rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=33-124-103&depa=1

    After rebates total is around $140 and you will get the router and NIC's for both the laptop and the Desktop... Yes G is faster but it does not do you any good unless your ISP is giving more than 4 or 5megs a sec. (But if you can afford the extra $40 it will not hurt...)

    Its that simple to get the network running. Once you have it running I would suggest turning off SSID broadcast and setup WEP. This will give you reasonable security. The instructions that come with the devices should walk you through changing the settings...
     
  10. spiko

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    The cheapest way is just to run a cat 5 cable from one computer NIC to the other and create a Peer 2 Peer Network. You can run this wire up to 100 meters. Dont know if you want a wire running though your house or not but its cheap.
     

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