can i connect a switch off a router

November 25, 2010 at 08:54:37
Specs: Windows XP
I have a linksys wireless router now with 2 computers hardwired right now. I have a cat 6 cable to my shop 200' from the router for my shop computer and I want to get a wireless signal in my shop outside (I cannot currenty). Can I put another wireless router in my shop connected to the wire off the 1st router to get a signal in the shop? Or will some kind of switch work?

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November 25, 2010 at 09:03:49
A four port switch, or even an eight port switch would work perfectly. Just run a cable from the existing router to the switch. A switch would be preferable to a wireless router unless you absolutely need wireless.


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November 25, 2010 at 09:13:58
I believe an access point would serve your purpose though me not a techie.....please correct me if i am wrong....thanks

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November 25, 2010 at 10:06:04
A access point would work but with the price difference you might just as well buy a router. In fact the access point is likely to be more expensive even though it is a simpler device. The Laws of Supply and Demand dictate the price.

However, the best thing is to avoid wireless whenever possible. Wireless is not a hi-tech alternative to wired. It is an hi-tech solution to a problem that cannot be solved with a wired connection, such as sitting in the middle of a park or a city center. Connecting a desktop computer by wireless is just silly; using a hi-tech solution for the sake of it.


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November 25, 2010 at 10:49:32
If you want to go wireless in the shop, then you only have two choices, a wireless router or a wireless Access Point. A switch can't provide can only allow you to plug mutliple wired clients in to it since it has no wireless capability by itself.

If you have to have wireless, and since you have a cable there, I'd highly recommend using a wired solution since it provides better bandwidth and is more reliable, I would do some comparing of prices between AP's (access points) and wireless routers. You'll probably find you can buy a wireless router cheaper than an AP.

If you do buy a router, click on my name above in my repsonse and read my "how-to" guide on "adding a second router" for info on how to set it up and connect it to your existing network. You'll want to use the "LAN port to LAN port" scenario.

I hope you're using WPA-2 encryption and a strong password for your wireless network.

I still think you're better off just plugging your PC in the shop in to that cable you already have there. This requires no switch, router or AP and will give you a more reliable connection than wireless.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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November 27, 2010 at 15:43:03
I still want the pc pluged into the wired rj45 but I still would like a wi fi signal in my shop..It seems like I may as well buy a wireless router and plug that in to the cable from the other router. Then I can connect my shop pc into the router in the shop and still have a wifi signal for laptops.

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