new wifi network help

April 9, 2009 at 03:24:47
Specs: Windows XP
hi..i am a newbie in the networking field...i
have moved into a new hostel and a few of us
has laptops here.abt 15...spread over two
floors...we are thinking of setting up a wireless
network so dat we can play games and share
an unlimited internet connection...after
searching the net i have found dat i need a
wireless router...should i have to keep a
computer always on as server to run the
since we have laptops,its pretty difficult to find
a always on server...also i found that most
routers come with a 100m range...practically
how much will it cover in a typical 2 storeyed

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April 9, 2009 at 03:42:29
No you don't need a server always on, just have the wireless router on. The laptops(assuming they have an inbuilt wireless adapter cards in them which they more than likely will have) should auto detect the wireless router. After that you usually setup some wireless security on the laptops such as WEP or WPA authentification which is done in the router configuration page. There are other security methods but WPA should be suffice.

As for the 100m range it really depends on the thickness of the walls and any other interference that may disrupt the signal. All you can really do is try it out, if it doesn't work then you may be able to get round the problem with an extra device(as well as the wireless router)such as a wireless repeater or an access point.

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April 9, 2009 at 04:21:47
thanks for the reply....correct if i am wrong
i buy a router..connect the internet cable to it.on it..connect
all the laptops..dats all...
and if signal is weak in some areas,i can put a repeater that
can amplify signals rt?how much does a repeater cost..
saw some wireless N routers that claims to give extra
range..does that work eith the g adapters that i have and still
give the extra range?

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April 9, 2009 at 05:00:17
Asumming you have ADSL broadband and not cable internet(If you have cable you will need a cable router) then yes you fit the RJ-11 phone cable to the WAN port on the router and the other end to the face-plate(or filter) on the wall. The laptops will then auto detect the router. Pretty much.

Repeaters costs about $30-60 but DON'T rush into buying one before you get more advice. See how the wireless router works first.

The N-router should work with the G-adapter, no 100% promises on that though, it will depend on the router ,best check the features first, or google "backward compatble" with the model number. Most routers are backward compatable but not all may be.

As for speed you won't see any speed increase using an N-router and G-adapter you may see an increase in range though although i am no expert on that.

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April 9, 2009 at 07:54:13
You can have a look on this typical wireless network setup tutorial, also here are some tips to improve wireless coverage, think can give you more ideas.

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