Need help in networking

January 31, 2009 at 07:46:54
Specs: Windows XP, 3200+ / 1gb
Hi all,

I'm an idiot when it comes to networking stuff. Need some recommendation on what hardware should i get for my needs. Here we goes..

1. At least 5 ethernet ports
2. With occasionally wireless access.
3. Need to link up a camera so that i could monitor the situation of my home from the office.

Did some google search and found something called "IP camera"?!

Anyone care to give some opinion on these?

Thanks in advance.

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January 31, 2009 at 08:09:29
Explain what the 5 or more ports will be used for. How many computers are to be involved?

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January 31, 2009 at 08:24:23
Hi OtherHill,

Thanks for the reply.

I rented out 3 of my rooms, my tenants of different rooms, total of 5(Including myself), need internet access. All in all, 4 laptops and a desktop.

The reason i choose wired networking instead of wireless is because there seems to be a lot of radio wave interuption in my area. My tenants kept complaining about disconnecting.

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January 31, 2009 at 08:36:50
Then you need a Router (wired or wireless) and then a switch with enough ports on it to support the number of users.

Wireless routers also have wired ports.

Routers have one port that is used for uplink. That is the port you use to connect to the switch.

Crossover cable is required between the modem and the router. That may be supplied with the Router.

This assumes you have a broadband connection with a modem. The Cable/DSL connects to the modem. The modem to the router. The router to the switch. Users can connect to either the router directly or to the switch. If all users are to be wired it is best to have them connect to the switch. The switch should be a 10/100MB or better. Some examples are at the link below.

If others have ideas or opinions feel free to jump in here.

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January 31, 2009 at 09:52:24
BTW, Aren't there any 5-6ports wireless router available in the market? If not, i'll go get a switch instead.

Next, what's the best solution for a survillance camera? IP camera? webcam?....i need something that is 100%(Or something near to it) stable.

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January 31, 2009 at 10:15:13
I don't know how many wired ports are available on a wireless router. You stated you wanted to use wired. I doubt there will be more than a few but I guess you will need to investigate.

I don't know anything about the camera. That might be better served with a different post.

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