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Networking woes

By RoknOvrclk
Feb 23, 2007
  1. I was curious if it is possible to use 2 wireless routers (one for transmission to and from my motorola surfboard,the other in my office connected to 2 pc's) and avoid having CAT5 running all over the house. OR, would I be better off only using 1 router, but installing a wireless card in each of the 2 pc's.
    Any suggestions on how to accomplish this would be greatly appreciated! thanks!
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Yes and No -- you may get by with just ONE.
    Assuming the Office is self contained AND the modem and router are in that room
    • wire the office systems directly to the router
    • use the wireless for your surfboard
    Your choice of router will impact the viability of this layout. A good MIMO
    wireless router will give you best coverage and if you use MAC filtering for
    your wireless connections, gives you another layer of security in addition to
    WPA2/WEP encryption.
  3. RoknOvrclk

    RoknOvrclk TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank s for such a quick response! wow! Umm, the only issue I am encountering with your suggested setup is that there's no way to put the modem in the office, it simply isn't wired for cable (no coax anywhere in the room, I'm afraid my landlord might get mad about wiring it myself).
    Now, suppose I left the modem and wireless router in the family room (which has cable) and installed a wireless card in ONE pc. Could I connect to the network with the non-wireless pc THROUGH the wireless pc...like maybe a residental gateway or something? I'm quite lost, honestly. thanks again!
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    ok, ISP access is in a room apart from everything else.

    STILL, place modem --> MIMO router
    and go wireless everywhere.

    First setup the router cabled to a system;
    1. broadcast your SSID (set it unique)
    2. disable encryption
    3. set new admin password
    4. save and reboot the router
    get ONE office system to find it and connect. test your access to email

    Now go back to the wired router and
    1. disable broadcasting
    2. enable WPA2 or WEP (record your key!!)
    3. save and reboot the router again

    get the office system to connect with the encryption and retest

    Disconnect the router->wired connection
    and get the second office system running
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