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Oblivious

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#1 11 years ago

I'm almost a total greenhorn when it comes to networking, so forgive me if this is really obvious.

I basically need to know what to buy to setup a network/shared web connection between two desktop pc's in my house. I'd like to do it wireless as my daughter wants to use her Nintendo DS online as well. If running ethernet wire through the wall between the two computers is an option, they're literally only like 10 ft apart.

The ISP is Comcast, cable internet, 10mb connection. Connected from modem to pc with ethernet cable. Main pc has 2 100mb LAN connections, second pc has a single LAN connection.

Both pc's will be used for online gaming (WoW, BF2, etc.) as well as web surfing. I'd also like to network them together and have access to each other's HDD's.

I have no wireless cards, router or anything. What do I need and what brands/models would you recommend?




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#2 11 years ago

I Think all you will need is a router, and an ethernet cable or two. Just plug the router into the mode, then both pcs into the router. Or for a wireless network, plug wireless router into modem,then from the back of the router,hook up 1 pc using an ethernet cable,then buy a wireless adapter for either a usb or pci slot and put it on the pc you want to have the wireless net. I'm not sure if that helped, but i tried.




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#3 11 years ago

Yeah, I'd say a wireless router is the easiest option. You could technically wire the two computers together with a cable and share the connection that way, but that can be problematic. And you'll need the wireless for your daughter anyway.




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#4 11 years ago

Thanks. I think I'll pick up a wireless router, and maybe a little wireless USB adapter for use on other desktops.

At least then I can get my 9 yr old off my computer when she wants to look at Barbie sites or whatever it is little girls do these days.




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#5 11 years ago
Oblivious;3857849Thanks. I think I'll pick up a wireless router, and maybe a little wireless USB adapter for use on other desktops. At least then I can get my 9 yr old off my computer when she wants to look at Barbie sites or whatever it is little girls do these days.

LOL i have that problem with my little sister :p




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#6 11 years ago

You need a router and a lot of cables, I had wireless network made by me but the LAN wire one is more stable and fast




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#7 11 years ago
Oblivious

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#8 11 years ago

After reading through some of the user reviews, I bought these last night:

BUFFALO WHR-G125 IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless-G High Speed Router & Access Point [COLOR="Red"]$41 [/COLOR]

TRENDnet TEW-424UB IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP [COLOR="Red"]$18[/COLOR]

I have a few ethernet cables lying around, so if I find that the wireless connection to the second pc is unstable or way too slow, I'll just run my 15' cable through the wall and hardwire it in. The router I bought has 1 wifi connection and 4 ethernet ports.

btw - What's this "dd-wrt" that everyone speaks of all about? I found this link to download it for my router, and there's 5 different versions.




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#9 11 years ago
Oblivious;3858680After reading through some of the user reviews, I bought these last night: BUFFALO WHR-G125 IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless-G High Speed Router & Access Point [COLOR=red]$41[/COLOR] TRENDnet TEW-424UB IEEE 802.11b/g USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP [COLOR=red]$18[/COLOR] I have a few ethernet cables lying around, so if I find that the wireless connection to the second pc is unstable or way too slow, I'll just run my 15' cable through the wall and hardwire it in. The router I bought has 1 wifi connection and 4 ethernet ports.

looks good to me, cheap too. you shouldnt have any problems setting up. Good luck. :D




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#10 11 years ago
masked_marsoe;3858603 You'll want to do gaming along a cable, because wifi will give you higher latency.

Would it make much difference if the wifi router and reciever are really close to each other, within about 8-10 feet with a wall in between?

I'll soon find out anyways, but in the meantime, I can get out my holesaw and start preparing to run the wire through the wall if wireless is impossibly difficult to use for online gaming (which for my daughter would mainly consist of playing WoW).