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So I moved back to my home for the summer and the only router is 30' from my computer and 2 rooms away. The set up is ideal for laptops but not my wifi-less rig. Right now theres a cable router that goes to a wireless router. Which is the best idea?

1) Plug a long cat5 wire into the wireless router, go under my house, and back up into my room and to my computer.

2) Get another cable router in my room and go off that (cable goes to my room already).

3) Get a wireless card for my rig... wireless signal is only 2-4 bars (windows)

Note: I play online FPS's etc and don't want to deal with lag. Connection (wired from wireless router) is ~8mbs/1mbs up/dn.

OT: Thank you Chrome for remembering what I typed after Windows decided to update w/o bringing the pop-up to front.
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So I moved back to my home for the summer and the only router is 30' from my computer and 2 rooms away. The set up is ideal for laptops but not my wifi-less rig. Right now theres a cable router that goes to a wireless router. Which is the best idea?

1) Plug a long cat5 wire into the wireless router, go under my house, and back up into my room and to my computer.

2) Get another cable router in my room and go off that (cable goes to my room already).

3) Get a wireless card for my rig... wireless signal is only 2-4 bars (windows)

Note: I play online FPS's etc and don't want to deal with lag. Connection (wired from wireless router) is ~8mbs/1mbs up/dn.

OT: Thank you Chrome for remembering what I typed after Windows decided to update w/o bringing the pop-up to front.
If you already have a cable running into your room, why should you have to run the longer cable under the house? Your best bet is the longer cable.

You can get a 100ft CAT 6 cable for under $20.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 5/5/11 at 10:41pm
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Why not get a super wifi attenna..

It will cost about the same it would to run a cable.

Less then to have two cable modems

And the best part is that you simply plug in the super attena and your done. No software install ETC ETC
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Why not get a super wifi attenna..

It will cost about the same it would to run a cable.

Less then to have two cable modems

And the best part is that you simply plug in the super attena and your done. No software install ETC ETC
+1. And if your wireless router supports 802.11n you can get greater range and speed with an n adapter
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Originally Posted by StuffStuff1 View Post
Why not get a super wifi attenna..

It will cost about the same it would to run a cable.

Less then to have two cable modems

And the best part is that you simply plug in the super attena and your done. No software install ETC ETC
How will it cost about the same? A wireless card will cost 10-20 dollars and a super strength antenna will be another 10-20 dollars; he could buy just the wireless card and make a cantenna

but for simplicity if you already have the holes in the rooms then I would say just buy a cable; you can pick up a 50 foot cable for about $6 , a 75 foot for about $8, and 100 foot for $10.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...=10208#1020812

cablewholesale is also a good site

However, if you do want to go wireless monoprice has a usb wireless adapter with 5dbi antenna
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

and an internal with dual 3dbi antennas i believe
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...=2#description
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post #6 of 13
Cable + Switch if possible.

We have a 50-60 ft one running around door frames in our house to connect upstairs to downstairs with a switch at each end. If you ever need another device connected, BAM, already able to do so.

If you wanted to do the cheapest solution you could use internet connection sharing on your laptop, use wifi as the 'WAN' and specify the LAN port for sharing. Then just connect them together with cat5 (Auto MDI/MDIX should alleviate any crossover requirement).
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I thought about using my laptop and probably will temporarily.

Would I have any loss running a cat5 from my wireless router to my room (that's at least 40' of wire)?

Thanks all!


EDIT: I thought about an antenna. I may make one a/w but I'd rather not run my rig off of wifi.
Edited by BlackVenom - 5/6/11 at 3:37pm
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Cat5e is good for 100m (330 ft) at 100 mbps.
Even at gigabit you should be able to get 100ft+ from cat5e.

So, no loss.
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You can also use a wireless to ethernet adapter. They're commonly labled "gaming adapters" but are handy for many things. I use a few of these for their flexibility:

http://www.meritline.com/alink101-ap...--p-44148.aspx
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You can also use a wireless to ethernet adapter. They're commonly labled "gaming adapters" but are handy for many things. I use a few of these for their flexibility:

http://www.meritline.com/alink101-ap...--p-44148.aspx
If you're going this way, I'd suggest getting a DD-WRT capable router and turning it into a wireless bridge... More options. And DD-WRT let's you "overclock" things a bit...
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