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WarDog21

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#1 13 years ago

Ok this is my last stupid question, i promise. Well heres the situation. We have SBC Yahoo DSL and the computer i use now is in the office with the modem hooked up to it. My room is about 75 feet away from the office(where the computer is) and i dont ahve a phone jack in my room, so how am i going to get internet acces in my room? I was thinking of putting the 2 PCs(the old one in office and my new one) in a home network but i have no clue on how a network works. Will it slow down the internet speeds? And can someone give me the info on what parts i need and where to hook them up? i read the netowrking guides in the knowledge base but i am still confused. any help will be appreciated




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#2 13 years ago

I would suggest buying a DSL modem/router. The ideal solution would be to pay someone (or do it yourself) to install some cat5e cable between the office and your room. Then all you need is a couple of network cards, one to connect each machine to the router and you're away. If chasing cables is not practical, radio is the next best thing.




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#3 13 years ago

I'm in a similar situation, and I just use a wireless NIC to talk to the router attached to the modem. Yes, sharing a connection may slow it down: you've got XMbps os bandwidth to work with, and all computers on the network will have to share it. However, unless you're doing heavy downloading on a box or two, you shouldn't notice much of a difference. If you go the wired route, then it's pretty much a plug and play affair. Wireless is a little more complicated, but not too difficult. Wireless also has the advantage of not putting cables everywhere (it's a fairly involved task to run wires properly if they're not designed into the relevant walls/floors/ceilings).




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#4 13 years ago

It's probably easiest to go with wireless, although you might need a repeater to get a strong signal (which adds a fair amount of cost to the whole setup). It shouldn't be too hard to get a wireless network up and running with your DSL, although be prepared to make some tech support calls if you can't get it working on your own. Sometimes wireless networks can be very tempermental (mine was a headache trying to set up, but that was because of my damn DSL, I would think yours would work with no problems).




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#5 13 years ago

While the max download speed of your DSL may be around 1.5mbps, I would guess that in all practicality, you only get download speeds of 500kbps max. Since your 1.5mbps connection will be split in half (routers balance load like that), each computer will have 750kbps set aside for it. Since most websites don't load at that speed, and most downloads dont download at that speed, you shouldn't notice a difference. We have a 5mbps cable connection split between 3 wired PC's, and 1 wireless PC and it is still blazingly fast.




WarDog21

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#6 13 years ago

Is there a way i can make it so i have internet in my room without a network? Or will that require another internet account from SBC? and if i do network can you choose how much bandwith each computer gets? would be cool if you could....




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#7 13 years ago
WarDog21Is there a way i can make it so i have internet in my room without a network? Or will that require another internet account from SBC? and if i do network can you choose how much bandwith each computer gets? would be cool if you could....

Well, if you were to get a phone jack installed in your room, then all it should take is another DSL modem to get you online in your room.

As for the bandwidth, I was under the impression that it was allocated as needed between different computers on the network. One computer might not suck too much bandwidth with email while another is using the majority of the available bandwidth for viewing photos online. I'm not sure if you can limit the bandwidth through the router, but that might be a capability 3rd party firmware could open up.




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#8 13 years ago

I don't think you can limit the bandwidth through the router yourself, but if two computers are using the internet at the same time, your router distributes the load evenly between the computers. If only one computer is using the internet, your router may not slow down the speed of your connection at all.




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#9 13 years ago
SpartanWell, if you were to get a phone jack installed in your room, then all it should take is another DSL modem to get you online in your room.

QFE.

As for the bandwidth, I was under the impression that it was allocated as needed between different computers on the network. One computer might not suck too much bandwidth with email while another is using the majority of the available bandwidth for viewing photos online. I'm not sure if you can limit the bandwidth through the router, but that might be a capability 3rd party firmware could open up.

Correct. If you have two computers actively using the Internet, but with one downloading huge files an the other browsing the web, the downloading box will get a much larger share of the bandwidth. Oftentimes, if both boxen are downloading large files, one of them will still get more than half the bandwidth. A single router is very poor for load balancing, though intelligent use of multiple routers, subnets and perhaps some throttling software can help significantly.




WarDog21

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#10 13 years ago
SpartanWell, if you were to get a phone jack installed in your room, then all it should take is another DSL modem to get you online in your room.

ok so if i do that i will get the maximum bandwith which is probly the same as the other one? Because the 2 comps wont be sharing a connection? and i saw somewhere that theres like a portable phone jack that you just plug into an outlet and it works, it mighta been a dream but i dont know lol.