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Connect more than 4 computers, noob question

by viz86 / July 26, 2009 11:43 AM PDT

Hey guys whats up? I need a little help since I don't much about wireless networking.

I currently have a linksys 4 port router that I use and they are running cat5 cables. I now need to hookup 6 computers in the house and I don't really want to add any more cables running across the floor. I decided that I want to make them all wireless. But I don't actually know where to go from there. I looked into it and I need a confirmation if these are the right products that I needed.

I need 2x wireless 4 port router
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124190

1x bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124012

Is this what I need to hook up all my computers?
How hard is the setup?
I planning to use verizon fios in the future (25/15).

thanks

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Add an access point
by Steven Haninger / July 26, 2009 9:30 PM PDT

You can buy an AP (access point) and plug it into your router. The router will still handle the IP addresses. You can change currently wired PCs to wireless if you wish or add additional PCs which have wireless adapters. Make sure to read the forum sticky note about securing any wireless system.

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Wireless will handle all 6 easily
by philbernie / July 27, 2009 11:41 AM PDT

You only need 1 wireless router and it will accommodate all your 6 connections easily and then some, but you do need a wireless adapter for each of your computer. If you can afford 802.11N (instead of 11G), better still and stay with the same vendor (exam. D-Link) for all your wireless devices. The most important question is how far will your wireless computer be from the wireless router--10ft or 30ft? How many walls will it have to penetrate--1 or 3? For security, you will probably want to setup at least WAP.

Is it easy or hard to setup? It shouldn't be too difficult. Once you've tinkered with it for a while, it as easy as setting up wired network. I would start with one computer before you put wireless adapters to all your computers. If you have a laptop that has a builtin wireless adapter, use this to test how far you can take the laptop away from the wireless router and how many wall it can penetrate w/o losing connection. Buy from an electronic store where you can return the devices and get 100% of your money back in case it's not what you're looking for. Besides that, I think you're ready for the challenge.

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