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Question about Routers....

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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
I am clueless about this...I have my computer in my room and have broadband, at the moment I just have a ghetto modem I got free about 5 years ago so am looking to buy a router now, now...my parents have their computer downstairs and would like to go online, if I buy a router what else would I need to buy/do so that they could connect via my service? Ideally I'd like there to be no wires (wireless router would achieve this I assume?) and the most important thing is that they need to be able to get online without my computer needing to be on and they need to be able to get online at the same time as me, so we can both be on at once.

Can anyone shed any light? and I reiterate...I am clueless about this stuff :)
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9y, 7m agoPosted 9 years, 7 months ago
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Ok to make things simple - You need a wireless router, and any computer that you want to access the internet must have wireless capabilites (either an in built wireless adaptor, or a USB (or similar) adapator) which will allow you to connect to a wireless network within a certain distance.
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Is your broadband ADSL or cable? And if it is ADSL then is your modem USB or Ethernet?
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Basically, a router takes your broadband connection and splits it so that you can use the same connection on different machines at the same time.

As the router sits in between your broadband line and your computer, it is not dependant on your computer being on for it to work.

The question as to what you will need is however dependant on the broadband connection you already have.

If you get your broadband through your phone line, then you will need an ADSL router. This will take the place of your current modem and will also allow you to share the connection. By a wireless unit and you will be able to share the connection wirelessly as long as the computers you want connected to it have a wireless card or USB dongle fitted. You will also need to set up security if you are using wireless so that your neightbours dont "borrow" your connection if they are also using a wireless USB dongle!

If you get your broadband through cable (as apposed to yourt phone line) then you will need a Boradband Router. This does not have a modem built in (unlike the ADSL modems) and will need to be installed inbetween your cable modem or set-top-box and your computer (so you will have both your modem and your router plugged in). The wireless rules are the same here as they are for the ADSL routers mentioned above.

So the first thing is to let us know what your broadband provider is, or what type of connection you have and then we can make suggestions on the best kit for the job.

Hope this helps
Simon
#4
I am also in this situation and my broadband is the cable variety. I access my internet from upstairs but a connection for the laptop downstairs would be good also.

I have cable tv and have noticed both a ethernet and USB port on the back of the set top box. However when I plug my laptop to the set top box nothing happens.

Is it possible to use my set top box to connect to the net? :)
#5
This has been a great help thanks, I am on ADSL (with UKFSN).

I have picked out this dongle from ebuyer, will it do the job?

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/115832

As for the router, I am thinking one of these....someone told me I should get at least a semi decent one rather than go for the cheapest because a cheap one may effect my downloads (I am a heavy bittorrent user).

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/97221
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/122152
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116601
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/45621
#6
Hi Starlet.

I got my router and wireless adaptor from http://www.dsldepot.co.uk/ after a recommendation froma fellow forum member. They sell cheap second hand/Bgrade stock. Got mine in good time and in perfect condition!

I got the Netgear DG834G and a Netgear WG111 and everything is working fine! (so far!!!)
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Ok here goes :) .....

I am also in this situation and my broadband is the cable variety. I access my internet from upstairs but a connection for the laptop downstairs would be good also.

I have cable tv and have noticed both a ethernet and USB port on the back of the set top box. However when I plug my laptop to the set top box nothing happens.

Is it possible to use my set top box to connect to the net?


In a word. No. Well not at the same time as your modem upstairs.

Assuming that you already have a cable modem upstairs, then this is your modem for the house. You can relinquish the modem and have the internet from the STB but you cant have both. Basically, each house has a connection assigned to them. You can either have this connection via the port on the back of the set top box, or like me you can have an external modem somewhere else in the house, pumping the connection to other computers wirelessly.

So your choices are to keep the modem upstairs and run a wireless router for the access downstairs, or get rid of the router upstairs and use the set top box as your internet connection, again using a wireless router so that your computer upstairs can share the connection.

Personally I would keep the modem, a lot more efficient than the set top box and of course if you TV goes down, the internet stays alive :)

This has been a great help thanks, I am on ADSL (with UKFSN).

I have picked out this dongle from ebuyer, will it do the job?

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/115832

As for the router, I am thinking one of these....someone told me I should get at least a semi decent one rather than go for the cheapest because a cheap one may effect my downloads (I am a heavy bittorrent user).

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/97221
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/122152
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/116601
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/45621


Ok, a different situation here as you are using ADSL.

Firstly that USB adaptor is rubbish. Spend a few quid extra and get this...

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/75646

Now, here comes the personal stuff. I SWEAR by Belkin equipment. I know many do not, however in my 10 or so years as a computer engineer, running my own company for 3 years and having to deal with people who have little or no knowledge of computers (as 99% of the computer owning public seem to be!) for me Belkin not only have the most user friendly equipment, but their phone support is good and their equipment are extremely affordable.

That USB adaptor may well be double the price of the one you found on Ebuyer, but I can assure you it will be better quality and more efficient. You have to remember that we are talking about sending information wirelessly, therefore performance and quality is a must in whatever you buy.

I agree with the comment from your friend regarding cheap equipment and problems with speed and connection (this also applied with your USB adaptor as I explained earlier).

Now it becomes a little trickier. You are on ADSL so you will have a modem connected between your phone line and your computer. If you use any of those routers mentioned above you will have to keep yourt modem in tandem with the router. Your setup will look like this...

Phone line ------> Modem ------> Router -------> PC

Personally, I would ditch the modem and go for a router with the modem already built in.

**** Ohhh, look what I have just found ****

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/87512

A Belkin wireless router AND the USB adpator for £45. I bought the same setup just before christmas for a client for the pricely sum of £75.

THIS IS A BARGAIN!!!!

Ok, so if you get this, you will have a setup like this...

Phone line ------> Router -------> PC

The modem is missing from the diagram here, that is because the router has a modem built in :)

Basically, you plug the router into your phone line and by putting you username and password into the router (as you do when you access the internet on your computer at the moment) you can access the internet. HOWEVER, the router will be connected to the net all the time, so as soon as your computer boots into Windows you will have instant access to the internet as apposed to having to log on with your ISP like you do now.

Phew, hope that makes sense.

At the end of the day £45 for that Belkin kit is a steal and will be miles better in regards to performance and stability than the cheap USB adaptor and seperate router you linked to in your original post.

Again this is all personal preference, but having done this for the past 10 years all told, I like to think I know what I am taking about. Moreover, if I can pass my knowledge and experiences onto others, hopefully they will spend less time with issues and more time enjoying their computers.

Any more questions do ask.
#8
Nice one Simon, couldn't have put it better meself (22 yr systems engineer).
#9
Starlet

Thanks for rep :) Basically, Simon_G already gave you great advice, so I can't add much to it. There is an alternative way to create 'wireless' network by using Homeplug (better performance and less signal fluctuations) but it is pricier option (although preferred by some).
#10
Thank you very much, you went out of your way to post that and I appreciate it :) No more question/comments atm, as it is past 5am and I am ready for bed...but I may post more tomorrow :)
#11
That router and usb adaptor I mentioned a few posts above, well I have now posted the same dela but with £10 off through google checkout making it £39.82 delivered...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=61734

Cheap as chips :)

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