Wireless layout help

By dani_17
Jul 25, 2006
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  1. Hi,

    I'm having some trouble planning my wireless network. I don't have much experience with wireless, expcept configuring my girlfriend's wireless lan in her house.

    I live in an apartment that is in the next floor that my parent's, and I currently have a network cable hangin' from window to window. Due to community problems (neighbours) I have to remove such cable.

    There are 2 computers on my apartment connected to a switch, and 2 computer downstairs connected to another separate switch. Both switches are unmanaged and are connected through the uplink port. Then, there is a DSL modem connected to the switch in my apartment.

    From what I read, I have 2 options:

    1. Use 2 wireless bridges to "join" the 2 switches, and then buy an wireless access point and attach it to either of the switches in case I want wireless access to the internet.

    2. Put a wireless access point to which all the computers will connect. There is a catch, one of my PC's is an Shuttle XPC with no available free PCI ports...

    How would you guys solve this, what is cheaper, and what exactly do I need?
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    I think you should use option #2. For the Shuttle XPC you can use a USB wireless adapter instead of a PCI card. Just be sure that you enable either WPA or WEP on your router so others in your apartment building don't use your connection.
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