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I'm looking at setting up a network threw my house. There is no way that I can think of to run cat cable since the house and basement are finished. I was thinking wireless but I'm unsure if there's other solutions or if wireless is the best solution. Basically I have 4 PCs all running Windows 7 64. 1 is strickly used as a home media server and is packed with hard drives and the other 3 are all HTPC's. I'm basically wanting to stream movies and TV shows, from standard def to HD. What would be the best setup for what I'm wanting to do? Thanks for the help!
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since everything is finished, the only way to go hardwired is to fish the network cable....which is a pain. the easiest and most cost effective way is to just go wireless N completely. just the cost of a wire fishing kit is enough to cover one or two wireless adapters or a router.
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No, no no!!! Wireless and HTPC do not mix. Pull the carpet back a little and run Ethernet along the base of the wall.

1000 feet Cat5 = $80.92
50 RJ-45 boots = $1.33
100 pack RJ-45 connectors = 5.19
Great Crimping tool = 16.48

Total $103.92

Having full duplex, priceless.
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No, no no!!! Wireless and HTPC do not mix. Pull the carpet back a little and run Ethernet along the base of the wall.

1000 feet Cat5 = $80.92
50 RJ-45 boots = $1.33
100 pack RJ-45 connectors = 5.19
Great Crimping tool = 16.48



Total $103.92

Having full duplex, priceless.

i use wireless on my entire house. ps3 which i use to game online and stream netflix, etc. as well as 4 other pc's. i do file transfers, streaming music, movies, youtube, hulu, hd movies, etc. with NO problems. and that's with a DSL connection at that.
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People think it is so hard to run cable but its not. Honestly its not even that expensive to have it installed.

You should have a wireless network sure, but its worth it to run Ethernet cable as well.
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People think it is so hard to run cable but its not. Honestly its not even that expensive to have it installed.

You should have a wireless network sure, but its worth it to run Ethernet cable as well.
I would like a hard line. However, I didn't think running threw walls and ceilings going from various areas in the basement to the upstairs was possible. I guess I could call someone to look at it. I'd think there would be alot of drilling and cutting in the existing walls and ceiling. I'm however not a contractor so have little knowledge of "fishing" and it's capabilities. I would think wireless would be the cheapest and easiet way to go, However I have concerns with streaming full HD movies using the latest and greatest in dual band draft N routers.
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post #7 of 23
If you really do not want to run cables underneath the carpet or through walls then if you could have the media server connected to the router and then have everything else streamed through wireless N it might work.

Also you could run 2 routers bridged, too? maybe that helps.
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whoever says Wireless is not good for streaming, i am streaming from my computer to 5 other computers (Although not at the same time) perfectly fine. Wireless N is your best bet IMO.

Fishing is basically getting a reel of metal band that is able to go from the attic or crawl space to where you want to and then tying the cable to that and pulling it back. It's not difficult, but Wireless is more simple, just make sure you use WPA2 encryption for security. Never use WEP, its easily crackable
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whoever says Wireless is not good for streaming, i am streaming from my computer to 5 other computers (Although not at the same time) perfectly fine. Wireless N is your best bet IMO.

Fishing is basically getting a reel of metal band that is able to go from the attic or crawl space to where you want to and then tying the cable to that and pulling it back. It's not difficult, but Wireless is more simple, just make sure you use WPA2 encryption for security. Never use WEP, its easily crackable
Good too know. I think I will try the wireless N router and see how well it works. Thanks for everyones suggestions.
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Your welcome. although i need a new router, because this only has 100 mb ports only, not 1 gb and the Wireless N on mine is older standards than what it is currently
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