Wireless Router or AP? Creating a SOHO networ

January 3, 2011 at 08:08:43
Specs: Windows 7
Our SOHO has developed over the past few years and now it is time to revamp. To begin - Cable Modem on 1st floor (Comcast) is our provider, 2 desktops hardwired (on 1st floor, one XP Pro and other Windows 7) ~ 40 ft. apart, 3 laptops (XP Pro and Vista) which move from 1st floor to 2nd, 2 external storage devices used for back up and networked into current Linksys wireless G - 2.4GHz router (failing and needs to be replaced) along with an HP deskjet printer which is networked via storage device to router.
I started with trying to just replace the router but soon discovered that not all routers are created equal and I could no longer use the makeshift "network" I had created with the Linksys. I don't want to buy more than I need with network switches and all but I do want it to work.
I am looking for a recomendation on a wireless router that can handle this. I was looking at a D-link but reviews say it runs hot. Any suggestion on how to create a stable SOHO would be greatly appreciated.

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January 3, 2011 at 08:58:06
"I started with trying to just replace the router but soon discovered that not all routers are created equal and I could no longer use the makeshift "network" I had created "

There is no reason replacing a router would result in this unless you have done static ip assignments to your equipment or you were not aware you needed to reconfigure the windows software firewalls to allow the new ip subnet being provided by the new router.

Please post the results of a ipconfig /all from one of the workstations for review.

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January 3, 2011 at 09:05:05
Sorry, my comment on "all routers not created equal" was based on reviews I have been reading online. My concern with the routers are 1.) they have the signal strength to reach the 2nd floor at the other end of the house 2.) most don't seem to have a USB port for me to connect the external hard drives to for back up of systems, 3.) the D-Link that I thought would handle this I now read runs really hot and I am unsure if this is even the way to go.
My current router is consistenly dropping the signal on me and I keep having to reset it. I was told that it was failing and needed to be replaced.
Do you think a simple router replacement would sufficiently update my SOHO or should I look at a more robust solution?

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January 3, 2011 at 09:36:23
It is true that the Wireless Access Point (WAP) built into combo routers will very in signal strength depending on the manufacture. The other problem with multi-floor houses is that metal will block some if not all signal and the duct work between the floors is usually made of metal. There is also distance factors which will weaken the signal and cross talk from other devices on the same signal. Cordless phones also use 2.4 GHz which will cause problems. Try getting 5 GHz cordless phones if this is the case.

Possible ways to solve this problem is to see if you can not relocate the WAP closer to the computer that is upstairs. If you can not then you may want to look into getting a directional antenna. Standard antennas transmit the signal out all sides and you lose half of your signal strength. A directional antenna will send all of the signal one way doubling your strength. You may also look at getting a router that does not have the WAP built in and get a separate Wireless Access Point. They are usually strong than the combo devices and with a long enough Cat5 wire you can relocate the WAP closer to the computers that need it.

Hope this helps.

If your neighbors are also using wireless then you may be picking up some cross talk from them. If you have a laptop, there are some software out there that will show you the signals around your and you can use it to see where the signal is weakest in your house.


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