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OK, I currently have a router in the basement hooked to 4 PC's on 3 floors. (3 story apartment building, 3 on 1st floor, 1 on 3rd) The guy on the 2nd floor just bought a laptop and wants to connect wirelessly. I am trying to figure out the best solution.

I was planning on either: A) Buying a wireless router and moving it to the 2nd floor or, B) run a net cable up to the 2nd floor and add a wireless router (or whatever else would work) at the end.


My problems so far are that I don't know how strong the signal is and what router to lo0ok for. Also, I have no idea how to secure it. Since there are going to be more PC's, if I run the net cable up, I need to buy a switch or hub for 2 PC's on the 1st floor along with whatever I put for wireless. If I move the router I will need to buy a wireless router so I figure the costs are about the same.
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I'd say move the router to wherever YOUR PC is so that you can have a cable connection since you clearly have a gamer PC. Then to add to your network i'd go with a wireless router. Wireless N routers are coming down if you'd like to go gigabit, but since the spec hasn't been finalizing (to my knowledge, which is old, may want to do you own research) i personally wouldnt' go that router as later N wireless cards, rotuers, etc, may not be compotiable. The range on a G or N router from the 2nd floor should be very good to 1 and 3rd story baring you have a very old have with aluminum backed insulation, which eats wifi signal.

Security can be gone about in a few different ways.

Average security. Turn WPA2 encryption onto your router and use a strong password. WPA2 is somewhat hard to crack, and will deter any hacker that isn't dedicated to breaking into your network.

Crazy security. WPA2 encryption, SSID broadcast off, MAC address filtering, and static IP's. This makes it brutally hard to get into your network, but also makes it a pain to add new workstation or let a friend who just stopped by with a laptop get on the network.

As far as router selection i'd steer you towards linksys. If you can find an older one on ebay that can run DD-WRT (google for more info). This will give you more control over the router, making building the network simpler. Using the DD-WRT firmware you can bridge your wireless router to your existing router (making the old router the DHCP and DNS server by default and alleviating conflicts).

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I'd say move the router to wherever YOUR PC is so that you can have a cable connection since you clearly have a gamer PC. Then to add to your network i'd go with a wireless router. Wireless N routers are coming down if you'd like to go gigabit, but since the spec hasn't been finalizing (to my knowledge, which is old, may want to do you own research) i personally wouldnt' go that router as later N wireless cards, rotuers, etc, may not be compotiable. The range on a G or N router from the 2nd floor should be very good to 1 and 3rd story baring you have a very old have with aluminum backed insulation, which eats wifi signal.

Security can be gone about in a few different ways.

Average security. Turn WPA2 encryption onto your router and use a strong password. WPA2 is somewhat hard to crack, and will deter any hacker that isn't dedicated to breaking into your network.

Crazy security. WPA2 encryption, SSID broadcast off, MAC address filtering, and static IP's. This makes it brutally hard to get into your network, but also makes it a pain to add new workstation or let a friend who just stopped by with a laptop get on the network.

As far as router selection i'd steer you towards linksys. If you can find an older one on ebay that can run DD-WRT (google for more info). This will give you more control over the router, making building the network simpler. Using the DD-WRT firmware you can bridge your wireless router to your existing router (making the old router the DHCP and DNS server by default and alleviating conflicts).

GL

OK, thanks for the advice. Are you saying that a decent wireless router should be sufficient if I have the router on the first floor and he uses his laptop on the 2nd floor? I can easily move the router from the basement to my room and all I would need to do is buy a new router. (which I should do anyways)

As far as security, I am not that worried. I am looking to stop neighbors and such, but I don't have any really experienced people trying to get into my network. (that I know about, lol)
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OK, thanks for the advice. Are you saying that a decent wireless router should be sufficient if I have the router on the first floor and he uses his laptop on the 2nd floor? I can easily move the router from the basement to my room and all I would need to do is buy a new router. (which I should do anyways)

As far as security, I am not that worried. I am looking to stop neighbors and such, but I don't have any really experienced people trying to get into my network. (that I know about, lol)
Yup, you have 3 stories total in your house. If the router was in the middle (first floor in 2 story with basement) you should easily have good connections on all floors of the house.
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So is this thread basically related to the other one you started?

I guess it's vice versa... you started another one today that is essentially related to this one.

http://www.overclock.net/networking-...r-routers.html
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I'd say move the router to wherever YOUR PC is so that you can have a cable connection since you clearly have a gamer PC. Then to add to your network i'd go with a wireless router. Wireless N routers are coming down if you'd like to go gigabit, but since the spec hasn't been finalizing (to my knowledge, which is old, may want to do you own research) i personally wouldnt' go that router as later N wireless cards, rotuers, etc, may not be compotiable. The range on a G or N router from the 2nd floor should be very good to 1 and 3rd story baring you have a very old have with aluminum backed insulation, which eats wifi signal.

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Average security. Turn WPA2 encryption onto your router and use a strong password. WPA2 is somewhat hard to crack, and will deter any hacker that isn't dedicated to breaking into your network.

Crazy security. WPA2 encryption, SSID broadcast off, MAC address filtering, and static IP's. This makes it brutally hard to get into your network, but also makes it a pain to add new workstation or let a friend who just stopped by with a laptop get on the network.

As far as router selection i'd steer you towards linksys. If you can find an older one on ebay that can run DD-WRT (google for more info). This will give you more control over the router, making building the network simpler. Using the DD-WRT firmware you can bridge your wireless router to your existing router (making the old router the DHCP and DNS server by default and alleviating conflicts).

GL
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