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    Cable Modem & wireless

    I just got cable modem and like many individuals the connection is no where near the computer. Instead of running wire I am leaning towards a wireless connection. I'm looking for the do's and don'ts and recommendations on the hardware to choose. I have read a thread on interference from a 2.4 ghz telephone (yes, I have one) and I'm curious if I'll encounter the same. I also have a laptop and choosing a wireless connection makes sense.

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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    John:

    You're right where I was a few months ago - the "what to do" stage. My situation is a little bit different in that I have DSL and the modem is right where PC1 one is located (home office). I too have a laptop that I wanted to have at least some degree of mobility, as well as two PC's with wired connections. In my case (an apartment), I don't have the option of drilling holes and running wires. While there is the option of using your existing phone or electrical lines, that is a decision only you can make. When I looked at the cost factors of going wireless versus phone/power lines, I didn't see any significant financial benefits in abandoning the mobility of wireless (especially for the laptop). There is the 2.4ghz conflict issue with wireless (portable phones, microwaves, etc.), but they don't appear to be significant. That comment is not based on personal experience (I haven't hooked up my laptop to wireless yet), but rather on the experience of a friend. He demonstrated to me his wireless "issues" with his portable phone in a couple of different scenarios. When signal strength was strong (an upstairs bedroom - router is down stairs) there wasn't any problems whatsoever. However, when we went outside (about 150' from the router) there was a problem when talking on the phone at the same time (signal strength was significantly weaker, but worked just fine without the phone conflict). Unless you plan on sitting pool-side with your phone in one hand and laptop in the other, I wouldn't be overly concerned with the 2.4ghz issue.

    As far as what hardware to choose, I went with LinkSys based on reputation and referal. If you go to their site there's a lot of useful info about setting up your LAN, deciding what LAN configuration you need, and how to choose between B, G, or A if you go wireless. I also got the book Linksys Networks which has a wealth of info on various LAN setups (not written by Linksys, but with the obvious intent of using their products). I should be receiving my notebook adapter by Wednesday and, hopefully, have everything set up by the weekend - I'll post back to let you know how things went. My Linksys equipment:

    WRT54G Wireless router/4port switch (PC-1 and PC-2 are wired to this switch)
    WPC54G Wireless notebook adapter (not yet received) laptop is currently wired to the switch)

    BTW, this is all new to me so get some other feedback. I already made a really ridiculous error in my wired setup (see <post#=266971>post 266971</post#> ) so I'm by no means an authority. Good luck in your LAN adventure!

    EDIT: Forgot to mention when you go to the Linksys site that there are PDF user manuals for all of their products - a good way to compare them. The book, however, was what gave me the most useful info.
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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    John,
    You will find that the wireless has a limit of 11Mps while the wire will run at 100 Mps if you have a 10/100 NIC installed. I would connect a desktop by wire to have the speed of the moden on at least one computer and the others could be wireless but at a slower speed.

    When I had the internet cable connection istalled, ATTBI ran a new cable to where I needed it. Now have internet cable on one wall and the TV connection accross the room on another wall. and else where in the house.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    John:

    I just finished setting up my wireless laptop and am very pleased. I believe Dave's reference to 11mps is when using the standard B wireless, because I am connecting at 54mps with G (you could actually go to A if you really thought you needed it and have the $). Remember also that if you go to A, you're stuck with it. Whereas G gives you the option of working with B (most public access locations) as well as G. For me, 54mps is plenty for just about anything but large downloads; in that case I use the PC, burn to CD(s), and transfer to laptop.

    I've been everywhere in my apartment with either "excellant" or "good" reception. When I went out on my patio it was actually better than some of the areas in the building (i.e. bathroom). I suppose this is because it only had one wall to travel through. I had to walk all the way across the parking lot to the far side of the pool before I actually lost the connection. From the near side of the pool I still had decent reception (about 200').

    I did a 10mb file transfer while talking on my 2.4ghz phone with no problems. I had my daughter call me with the phone sitting on the keypad while connected to the web - no problems - not during ring or conversation. If you recall, my buddy Nick did have some issues with the 2.4ghz phone at distance, but I didn't have an issue even when signal was "low". The only difference between his and mine is that he has B and I have G - which shouldn't have anything to do with it because their both 2.4ghz. Mine is a newer model, maybe they made some improvements.

    Anyway, that's my experience (as promised in <post#=267183>post 267183</post#>). Hope that gives you something to compare. Best of luck!
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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    John:

    One additional comment (I wanted to wait until I heard back from Linksys). My laptop was already configured to run on the LAN via Ethernet card, so when I configured the wireless card I disconnected the Ethernet connection - but I still have both. Linksys agreed with my assumption that I could run both connections without causing conflicts (providing, of course, that I don't run both simultaneously). If, for some unique reason, I need a 100mps connection I can simply right click the wireless connection, choose disable, and then enable the Ethernet. In my case, I have a "station" for my laptop that has a CAT6 cable just laying there (next to my power supply); you could have one where ever you put the wireless router (providing of course that you get one with 10/100 capability - I believe all of them have at least one port). When I've finished (downloading or whatever) I can switch back to the wireless connection. When you think of it, 54mps is pretty <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> fast, so I don't envision having to switch connections very often.

    Anyway, a little something more to chew on.
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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    Bryan,

    Based on various recommendations I too went out and purchased a Linksys WRT54G wireless router and wireless PCI adapter. The speed is truly amazing. Come to think about it I don't know why I was so hesitant about going wireless. Installation was a breeze.

    John <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    I'm waiting until Netgear bring out the 'g' version of their FM114P firewall wireless broadband router - I don't need the printer port but I do want the router and the faster speed!
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    Re: Cable Modem & wireless

    John,

    I would recommend Linksys as I have had good luck with my wired modem. I purchased the the wireless 802.11b standard Linksys and ran in to config problems. Several calls to Linksys' tech support produced little help. You may want to purchase the book mentioned earlier. I have friends that have had similar problems with their tech support.

    Go with the 802.11g router. It will give you the up to 54mbs like the A standard but will also give the greater range I believe upto 300 feet like the B standard. The direction antennas will help.

    Your 2.4 Ghz cordless phone may interfere. Try to keep in as far away as possible. The microwave oven also operates in the same frequency.

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