How to connect router & wireless access point

March 13, 2011 at 00:25:09
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Turion X2 / 4gb Ram / 500gb HDD
I have high-speed cable access currently coming into an older D-Link 4-port wired router. I need to buy a new wired and wireless router so I can sync my new Android 4G phone (I'm in an area with bad cell coverage but I can sync with wi-fi). I have a second house about 200 feet from mine and have 3 Cat5E lines running underground in conduit to it so the lady next door and and her two kids can use the internet (I have 40-50mb service for my business use at home). Problem is that my kids have discovered YouTube, streaming video, video chat, etc. and are burning up my bandwidth. I currently have two of the lines to them disconnected so that I can limit their use to one computer at a time. I'm considering having them buy a Wireless Access Point, can they connect it to the standard single Cat5E LAN wire that is coming from my new wired and wireless router when I buy it?

Sorry for the complicated question but I want everyone to understand the several factors that I'm trying to accomplish. And I'm open for ideas? I'm hoping to buy a very powerful wireless router (and I'm open for suggestions there also), there perhaps a way to give them wireless access from mine but perhaps "detuning" their access to a slower speed so I can keep my own speed up near the max?

I appreciate any and all help anyone can give me.

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March 13, 2011 at 01:16:47
Why would you presume disconnecting two of the cat5 cables at your end would restrict internet use at the other end? They could simply connect a 4 port or 8 port switch to that single cable and share the connection with as many devices as they want. Your router is providing DHCP and it will do so to multiple devices on a single cable with a switch.
Cat 5e in a LAN can handle throughput far greater than your internet connection can provide so what you need is a router that can manage bandwidth usage. Many newer SOHO routers can restrict by blocking unwanted types of use but you may need to go with an enterprise level solution that can restrict the bandwidth on particular connections, rather than filtering content.

Your desire to provide wireless at the two buildings can be accomplished by using a wired/wireless router at your primary location and a Wireless access point connected to the cat5 cable at the other end, with or without a switch at that end to share the connection with other wired devices.

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March 13, 2011 at 01:27:11
If I could find a good and powerful wired/wireless router (which I need on my end anyway) that had at least 3 wired ports that could be "slowed down or speed limited" then I'd be thrilled because they would not have to do or buy anything on the other end. Do you have any suggestions as to a wired/wireless router that can do that? The more powerful the better.


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