How do I add a wired network?

Micro-star international / Ms-7642
January 30, 2011 at 14:07:02
Specs: Windows 7, 3.2 GHz / 3583 MB
I have a D-Link DIR -655 wireless router connected to my Time Warner Cable modem upstairs. Downstairs I have a PS3, Wii, Logitech Revue and a HP laptop. I get low signal strength downstairs(many walls) and would like to run an Ethernet cable downstairs to my devices. What hardware do I need downstairs to hard wire those devices? Not sure if router or switch and what kind. Do I need to make any changes to my existing D-Link wireless router? I want to keep the wireless available for cell phones and the HP laptop.

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January 30, 2011 at 21:00:04
For a wired connection only in your downstairs all you will need is a wired switch. Just connect the first port on your switch to any empty port on your router via ethernet and your good to go.

But you also have the option of adding a second wireless signal in your downstairs. This can be done in these directions:

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January 31, 2011 at 04:14:15
Thank you for the reply. Am I correct that I will get a faster connection with the wired downstairs vs. wireless. Would it also be more secure?

Thanks again for your help, greatly appreciate it.

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January 31, 2011 at 11:17:32
Since the second wireless signal will be fed via ethernet from your main router the only speed limitations will be on your wireless devices themselves. If you went with the wireless option you can use the remaining ports on the 2nd router just like a switch. As for security, wired is always better but if you add a WPA2 or WPA security key to your router you will be just as secure!

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