Desktop switch with WIFI for iPad (Post 1)

December 7, 2014 at 15:14:14
Specs: Imac & HP + a IPad, i76gb
I need to feed my 2 PC's and give off WI-FI for my IPad from my cable from router far off? I'm running off a cat5 from a Belkin router far off.

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December 7, 2014 at 15:27:06
Basically you will need to login to the router's admin/setup page(s) and enable wifi. By default it is is "usually" switched off when you receive the router.

Each computer/ipad will need to know the SSID for the router (it's name which it broadcasts/radiates) in order to connect to it.

Ideally - and highly encouraged - you use an encrypted connection too; which means each device must provide the password/access key in order to connect to the router. That password is already provided within the wifi section of setup, and you may also find on a card in the box the router came in (happens occasionally). Make a note of it regardless. (There are other levels of access control too; details are in the user manual.)

There is a little more to do but we will need the router model etc. in order to provide full "how to advice". It will all be in the manual for the router; which you may or may not have?

Post back with router details for more help...

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December 7, 2014 at 16:56:12
Just to add that when you set a password, usually regarded as a MUST, it will not need to be entered every time - just the once during setup on each device that uses the router Wifi. It protects you from outsiders accessing your network.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 7, 2014 at 18:56:02
Cannot put the Belkin router near your PC's? Do you have a seperate cable/DSL modem?

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December 7, 2014 at 19:05:04
First of all, you do not say if your router is a wireless router or not.
If it is, you need to set it up (as above) and possibly move it to a better location.
If it is not a wireless router, you will either need to replace the router or get a wireless access point installed and set up. This can be done with another router (wireless) with certain components turned off and certain settings fixed, or some range extenders can be set up as a wireless access point. You would need to weigh which is easier and which is cheaper but make sure that you get one that is a decent quality to give you a decent range. I recently set up a D-Link wireless range extender as a second wireless access point to improve the reception throughout the house.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 7, 2014 at 21:38:36
I want something like a desktop switch but gives off WI-FI too. Then I could hook up my two PCs to it and run off of one cat5 cable from router far off. Anything like that? Or desktop switch is best bet. Unmanaged too.

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December 8, 2014 at 01:58:17
As already commented above, either you ensure you have an access router (your dsl service connects to it directly) that has both (usually four as standard) cat-5/ethernet ports, and also has wifi capability...; or you can obtain a wifi addition which is connected to your (Belkin in this case) via a cat-5 cable. That wifi will then radiate/broadcast accordingly for your ipad and any other device you want to use with wifi.

What model is your current Belkib router? With that information pholks here can likely suggest/provide more details on how to achieve your goal.

Remember too that the maximum length allowed for a ca-5 cable is 100metres; after-which the connection will be seriously degraded, unstable, unreliable.

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