Going to University - Need Help!

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August 27, 2009 at 08:27:58
Specs: Windows Vista
Hey everyone, I am heading off to university soon and when I was checking my room in accomodation, it only had one RJ45 connection. I am bringing my Xbox and my PC, so I was wondering if there was anyway I could connect both of them to the internet? I'm not sure if the Uni has wireless. Thanks!

(I'm not sure why it put a product name up there haha)


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#1
August 27, 2009 at 09:35:19
I was wondering if there was anyway I could connect both of them to the internet?

There is. Buy a SOHO router and use it.

I would check with the university first though before doing so as they may have a policy against this. So look for their "appropriate use policy" or talk to someone in their IT department.

The good news is, even if they won't allow you to use a SOHO router, you're not likely to be using both your PC and your xbox at the same time..........


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#2
August 27, 2009 at 09:39:30
Thanks Curt!
I was just wondering, what is a SOHO router?

Also, I know I won't use them at the same time, but I know that it'll be one of those things that as soon as I get there I'll want to sit on MSN and play xbox haha.


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#3
August 27, 2009 at 10:25:15
Richiix: what is a SOHO router?
SOHO = Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (a NASA site), obviously.

On a more serious note, the university I went to handed out network hubs to those who asked for them. You might want to hold off on paying for anything until you see what your campus has to offer.


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#4
August 27, 2009 at 10:27:38
Ahh yea, I forgot about free stuff!
Thanks very much razor!
Saves me paying for an entire solar and heliospheric observatory ;)

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#5
August 27, 2009 at 10:42:45
SOHO = Small Office/Home Office

I would try contacting the university you'll be attending to ask them about whether or not they will provide you with a router (a hub won't work and to be honest, nobody really makes hub's any more). This would require a SOHO router as you need a device capable of doing NAT and a hub/switch can't whereas a SOHO router can.

Just FYI, you can purchase a SOHO router for around $40 to $50 at most any electronics/computer store.


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#6
August 27, 2009 at 10:57:36
a hub won't work
Er . . . Why not?

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#7
August 28, 2009 at 17:20:43
A hub may or may not work.

When you get there you can ask.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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