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Ok, so right now I just moved my computer upstairs into my room away from my family room after my parents finally agreeing to it.

The only reason I like it up in my room is that my family is very loud, we are irish and loud, it's not a good combination.

So whenever I'm on Skype with friends or commentating on something (because I like to commentate over videos I make and make let's play videos for fun) everyone can hear my family talking in the background.

Currently I have an ASUS Wireless card, I don't remember the model, but I'll get the box if you need to know but I bought it for around $27. Downstairs where my computer used to be, the wireless router was a room away. Now it's downstairs while I'm upstairs in my room and my connection went from 14Mpbs average on my laptop to 8Mpbs with this card when I was downstairs and now that I'm upstairs its at 6Mpbs, and I can't even play Counterstrike because servers keep kicking me because of all the ping that I have.

So basically I was wondering what Wireless cards you recommend that would get me back to my good old connection laptop days. Newegg would be preferred but I'm also able to buy from Tiger Direct or other websites as long as they ship to the United States and accept PayPal.

Ok so here's the other thing I have to say, now that my parents are now switching from Comcast to another company to save themselves money, I may be able to get a wired connection up to my room. The company is called Wow! btw, they recently moved into my area.

So here's my question that goes along with that. There is a cable jack that currently one of my TV's is hooked up to with a comcast box in the "upstairs living room" which is nearby my room. Is there such a thing as a cable jack splitter so that I can take that connection and split it into 2 so that I can use my television and my internet at the same time? If I can I'll just put a router or a modem there just so I can get internet on my computer.

Also here's my other question. Would it even be worth my time running huge ethernet cables with extensions up to my room? Would it be even worth my time or should I just go with a wireless card?

I'm probably going to end up keeping my wireless card in my computer anyway for whenever I stay over at one of my PC gaming friend's houses or something just so that I can pick up wifi.

Ok sorry about the ton of questions that I have and sorry about this long post lol. If you read through the entire post, thank you

Hopefully someone can help me with my dilemma/problem. Thanks
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wired > wireless always.

i don't know about you, but wireless hasn't been the best to me but if your internet is good and all and you don't have any driver issues then wireless will be perfectly fine.

really depends on how much you're willing to spend and how far your computer will be from the router / how many walls or floor the signal needs to go through.

but in all honesty, go wired. so much easier.
    
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wired > wireless always.

i don't know about you, but wireless hasn't been the best to me but if your internet is good and all and you don't have any driver issues then wireless will be perfectly fine.

really depends on how much you're willing to spend and how far your computer will be from the router / how many walls or floor the signal needs to go through.

but in all honesty, go wired. so much easier.
So let's say running 50ft to 150ft (idk I'm just guessing) of Ethernet would be better than buying a really nice wireless card? I would think that the speeds would go down because I'd be running so much wire :S

But I might not have to do that if the internet guy that's supposed to come to our house whenever my mom makes the appointment, might tell me that I am able to hook up a modem to that cable jack where that tv is and that might solve all my problems, but I'm assuming that won't happen because we would need a cable jack splitter so that we have one for the tv and one of my computer.
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So let's say running 50ft to 150ft (idk I'm just guessing) of Ethernet would be better than buying a really nice wireless card? I would think that the speeds would go down because I'd be running so much wire :S

But I might not have to do that if the internet guy that's supposed to come to our house whenever my mom makes the appointment, might tell me that I am able to hook up a modem to that cable jack where that tv is and that might solve all my problems, but I'm assuming that won't happen because we would need a cable jack splitter so that we have one for the tv and one of my computer.
the internet guy should have plenty of cable jack splitters on hand. honestly, just stay put with the wireless card until the internet guy comes. then if he installs a modem, you're set. if not, then go do the wireless route. DO NOT HARD WIRE YOUR PC THAT'S UPSTAIRS ALL THE WAY DOWNSTAIRS. your parents will most likely make you move the pc back downstairs.
    
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Having the connection in your room would be ideal. After that, Id take the long ethernet cord over wireless any day. I plan on doing something similar, running a long cord from the living room through the walls to my room and giving my brother the wireless card. If you can make the chord yourself and buy it by the foot (or know someone that can), it should not be as expensive as you think.
    
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the internet guy should have plenty of cable jack splitters on hand. honestly, just stay put with the wireless card until the internet guy comes. then if he installs a modem, you're set. if not, then go do the wireless route. DO NOT HARD WIRE YOUR PC THAT'S UPSTAIRS ALL THE WAY DOWNSTAIRS. your parents will most likely make you move the pc back downstairs.
Alright, well that meeting (because the company is new to the area they are doing this so that they can get customers) is about sales, but I'll ask then, and hopefully when they install the stuff I can get that set up. +REP

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Having the connection in your room would be ideal. After that, Id take the long ethernet cord over wireless any day. I plan on doing something similar, running a long cord from the living room through the walls to my room and giving my brother the wireless card. If you can make the chord yourself and buy it by the foot (or know someone that can), it should not be as expensive as you think.
It's not that expensive, the cable that is, but if I were to wire it I would also have to buy a router because our modems ethernet port is filled with our wireless router currently.
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For a situation like that, I would personally think wired would be the most efficient way to go, but it depends on how you are at running cables. In my house, we have a crawlspace and an attic, so running cables to each room was easy. If this is not an option, I'll let someone else recommend a wireless card as I don't have much experience with them (at least for desktops).

As far as using the cable jack in your room...would you be putting the only modem on it, or trying to put a second modem on it? Splitting the signal would be easy, but you'd have to check with your new ISP, because I don't think they would allow 2 modems. That would be like 2 customers getting access for the price of one.

If the rest of your family doesn't need the connection as much, maybe you could just put the modem and router in your room.


Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

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Alright, well that meeting (because the company is new to the area they are doing this so that they can get customers) is about sales, but I'll ask then, and hopefully when they install the stuff I can get that set up. +REP

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It's not that expensive, the cable that is, but if I were to wire it I would also have to buy a router because our modems ethernet port is filled with our wireless router currently.
aren't there open ports on the wireless? that's where i hard wire all my computers
    
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So let's say running 50ft to 150ft (idk I'm just guessing) of Ethernet would be better than buying a really nice wireless card? I would think that the speeds would go down because I'd be running so much wire :S
You can run Cat5e up to 100m. I run 50-100' lengths all the time with no problems. You'll still get a faster connection than wireless.

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It's not that expensive, the cable that is, but if I were to wire it I would also have to buy a router because our modems ethernet port is filled with our wireless router currently.
Just get a powered switch like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127085

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wireless will not give you a higher ping more then 1-2ms...

you should not notice any ping difference unless theres some major interference...

you got a crappy router

look into pluglink as another alternative
i use it and the throughput across 2 floors is less then wireless, but the reliability is like its wired..

you dont need throughput for games anyway
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