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So my friend who PC games and stuff has a nice PC in his room, router and modem is in there too. Good 'ol cat6 cable

His brother wants to PC game now. I know his brother could go wireless, but in my experience that's been significantly slower (my parent's wireless card in their desktop only gets 2/3 and it's fairly close, and downloads are SLOW).

What our the options here? All rooms have cable btw, so I wonder if multiple routers is an option
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Do all the wires run to a different location than where the router is now? If so then you could use a switch in the central location linked to router to distribute internet and connect all the other puters together. If they do all run to where the router is now, just plug them in?
Edited by mrinnocent - 6/18/11 at 9:18pm
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you only need one router and for the rest you can buy switches. But I'm not sure what your question is. Are you asking whats the easiest way to have a solid line from your router to another computer? Well that would depend on your house O.o You can try using the electrical lines. I forgot what the product was called but it turns your outlet into a ethernet jack.

But I have no idea why you would want to hard wire a computer to another computer
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How I personally have it set up is using Moca ethernet over coax adapters. You'd need a minimum of two (each costs almost $100, expensive, but they get the job done cleanly and seamlessly). You'd plug one adapter into a coaxial cable in the wall, and plug in an ethernet cable to it, go to the other room and plug in the second adapter in the same way. This time you can plug in another router into that adapter to split it even more ways.

Most Moca adapters have about 65Mbps to 85Mbps throughput, while some go up to about 120 Mbps.

I'd link you right now, but my internet is just being stupid (wireless). Just go to tigerdirect.com and seach for HPNA adapter. That should bring up a few choices.
Edited by shinigamibob - 6/18/11 at 9:23pm
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post #5 of 19
You need to run cat6 cable from the router to the spot you want to hook up your other computer. The other way is to run the internet through the electrical system in your house but you might get lower speeds if you have a home network. Otherwise for internet it's good enough.
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Do all the wires run to a different location than where the router is now? If so then you could use a switch in the central location linked to router to distribute internet and connect all the other puters together. If they do all run to where the router is now, just plug them in?
So let me get this straight, you mean you can put a router in the attic (or wherever the cables come from, maybe it was the master bedroom upstairs?). Please explain more, I am unfamilar with networking. I usually just get long cat6 cables
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post #7 of 19
Yes, put the router wherever all the wires go. Connect internet from modem and all other wires to router and your ready to rock At that point all puters will have internet and also be connected to each other .
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post #8 of 19
Ok i reread and I think what your saying is that all rooms have coax cable??...If so then your options are to run a ethernet wire (cat6 or 5e is fine) to router, or get an adapter to use the electric wire as ethernet, like this http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=533
Phone wires can be used for this also with a different adapter setup.
The best way would be to run a new wire though, if it can be done fairly easily.
A good wireless setup will work well also, a good router plus a good PC wireless card.
Phone and electrical wiring setups are limited in speed, I think like 15Mbs at best(someone correct me if wrong here). So again a new cat5e/cat6 wire would be best followed by a good wireless setup then electric/phone wiring. Hope that answers your question
Edited by mrinnocent - 6/18/11 at 10:31pm
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Did a little more research on powerline option and it appears they have come along ways since I last looked into it http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...ine-Networking some claiming 200Mbs!
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post #10 of 19
Yes, boxes to run the signal through the electric line in your house would seem like the best option here. They are VERY nice these days.
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