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Just moved to a new place, not as full of tall trees as my old apartment complex but it'll get there. Bigger place, hardwood floors, moms crowding tennis courts (mostly after instructors to teach their kids), gigantic pool, etc.....


Dilemma:
1. There are ethernet jacks in the walls in every room but no hub inside the apartment anywhere and when asked my landlord didn't seem to have a clue about it as he shirked it off to comcast being able to do it. So either hub is accessible outside to their techs and they know or it's hiding somewhere around the building in a maintenance closet.

2. My sister whom I live with wants no wires running over the hardwood floor at the new place. I'm not inclined to disagree. We have cable jacks in every room as well.

3. My xbox is going to be in the living room most likely and I want it to have a wired connection, BUT my PC is in my room and I also want it to have a wired connection. Why? I have had 3 years of horrible experiences trying to game on wireless, submit homework on wireless(*** the rage......neighbour was a cop too and I'd know when he got woken up cuz he'd look at me next day like he was ready to haul me in).

Questions:

1. Before at the old place my modem and router sat in the living room and wires ran from it to my xbox, her pc, my pc, and an extra cord laying around for leftover plugins.

2. Can I have my pc be wired and xbox with just one router? I cannot daisy chain another router on to it by wire as my room's door isn't a straight shot to the living room.

Solutions I don't want but feel are inevitable:

1. Second router by wireless.
2. xbox or pc by wireless.
3. My eternal rage at gaming on wireless again.
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You could try powerline adapters. I haven't used them but from what I read, they are a lot better than wifi.

Test each ethernet wall jack with different computers on each one and see if you can get a local network running. If their all interconnected, you should be able to share your internet with just one lan port on your router Logically your apartment's wiring should be separate from all the other apartments and connected with some type of unmanaged switch or else it would be useless.

If that doesn't work.. you could always lay down the wires on the floor and put a carpet over them biggrin.gif
Edited by darksideleader - 7/9/13 at 7:59pm
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You could try powerline adapters. I haven't used them but from what I read, they are a lot better than wifi.

Test each ethernet wall jack with different computers on each one and see if you can get a local network running. If their all interconnected, you should be able to share your internet with just one lan port on your router Logically your apartment's wiring should be separate from all the other apartments and connected with some type of unmanaged switch or else it would be useless.

If that doesn't work.. you could always lay down the wires on the floor and put a carpet over them biggrin.gif

Carpet's not an option, and I've been testing the jacks but they all seem to be linked to some switch that I can't for the life of me find. I'll look into powerline adapters thanks biggrin.gif
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Possibly you could have a switch hidden inside your Comcast box, outside. I have seen this done a couple of times.
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Possibly you could have a switch hidden inside your Comcast box, outside. I have seen this done a couple of times.

have no way to find it unless i make friends with a comcast tech, haven't found one yet, and current staff either don't know or won't tell me even though the rotund chick who works down there stares at my ass and tells me lots of other solid information. I wound up going with powerline adapters though and found taking the stress off my router of managing the network and managing traffic got my speeds up since now the router just acts like an edge router with nothing else to do. next step? get the wireless off it and on an old router or an access point.
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