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Ok good network people... here is my problem i only know the basics when it comes to networking.

I have a pretty basic network setup ...



I have just finished building a comp. room/home theatre in a shed out the back and have moved all my desktops (been in storage) from house to shed and would now like to share my fast 4G connection with them through cat6 (until now have been just sharing 4G through wireless in house with laptops and phones etc).

I have a pretty slow ADSL 1 connection which at times comes to a halt due to being at the end of a poor line and congestion, so i suppliment with fast but expensive 4G but also want to keep the ADSL connection as i do occasional large downloads overnight.

My noob questions...

1. I have been reading/googling up about wan connections etc but the more i read the more i get confused, i like the current wireless setup as its simple jump on the wifi channel/connection i want and its all good but am i able to have 4G and adsl running together on the wired lan (run the dovado router behind the fixed ADSL and just switch between the 2 internet connections through each desktop nic?

2. Or do i have to keep the networks separate? And run another cat6 cable to the shed and have its own switch and lan network if i want 4G wired to desktops?

3. Or do i just keep it all wireless (4G) and run a cat6 cable to a wap in the shed from Dovado tinys lan port (as house and shed are separated by about 20m) and throw some cheap wifi adapters in the desktops?

Thanks

Any help appreciated.
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http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CEEQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DTmthvF6pDuY&ei=oqJeUZvfAqS6yAG_vIGIBg&usg=AFQjCNEXSLdD0yUtxwx0xJMLmmbg57GuVw&sig2=Bn2D_6_xcz3AKeguk-7K8g&bvm=bv.44770516,d.aWc

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The trick is the 2 internet connections and the 2 routers. It can be done.

Otherwise if you want to just simplify things with just the 4G connection then just plug a switch into that and branch out as you need. You can run 2 switches connected to a switch connected to a router nothing stops you from doing that although I have had situations where cheap switches have downed the entire network until they where reset but I have had routers lock up under heavy use as well. When I say heavy use I am talking about 4MB or 32Mbit of non stop WAN throughput with hundreds of open connections and at times 100MB/s of network traffic. I think the open connection management is what has caused issues with me in the past as I am sure it is very stressful on the routers processor. I went with a much higher quality router and have only had one of the cheap switches lock up on me once in a great while.

As for repeater/extender I would try a gigabit power-line adapter first. As long as it works from the house to the shed it should provide a much better connection. You can then plug a switch into it and branch it out to all your Ethernet capable devices in the shed.

I prefer wired connections over wireless for everything and I know it gets to be a pain in the but when we are talking about wiring up a receiver, Blu-ray player, TV, PS3, XBOX360, Apple TV or whatever else needs an internet connection these days.

If you get the power-line adapter to work test its throughput by transferring large files from a PC in the shed to a PC in the house. If you get anything better than 30MB ~250Mbit you are probably not going to top that with a wireless connection. Even if your wireless connection rate is 300Mbit it is very unlikely that you will be able to hit that high of a speed wirelessly and not all of your devices will support 300Mbit wireless. Where as I know at least my PS3 and Apple TV 2 support 1Gbit Ethernet speeds and you can actually hit those speeds over Ethernet. The power-line bridge will be the choke between the house and shed but will probably perform better than a wireless repeater. You could also just run 20m of cat6 to the shed. It holds up well enough even if it isn't buried below the frost line so just use one of those sidewalk edge trimmers if you have access to one to cut a slot in the ground then push the cable into the slot.

Hopefully the power-line bridge works for you though.

If the house and the shed are on the same breaker box the power-line adapter should work just fine even with that long of a distance. If they are on separate breakers it may still work but you may loose a lot of bandwidth.
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Thanks for the reply...

I watched the first video and i liked the idea but still seemed a little beyond me and i think i want what i cant have as in being able to switch internet connections easily on a wired network.

I am leaning toward leaving network as is and just runing a cat6 cable from Tiny lan to shed and into a wap and install some usb or pci adapters in my desktops so i can easily jump from adsl wired to 4G wireless.

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