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I and 5 of my friends want to start a local area network for gaming and file sharing . the distance between our houses are about 2.5 miles . our big problem is that we must use cables or radio frequnces . no other way ?
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post #2 of 24
why dont you run a server and have all the files on there, they can upload to you and you can share it around or do what you like with the files, if there is only 5 of you the bandwidth isnt going to be a big issue I shouldnt think. you can have a password to enter your site and off you go.
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2.5 miles is too far for a local network. Neither wired nor wireless will work at those distances (at least not home wireless).
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we have dial-up modems . the big distance is 2.5 miles . about 0.4 miles between two houses
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post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Msk2005
we have dial-up modems
um.........this could become a problem but maybe not, anybody done this before? If you all dial up to the internet then you can still do it but it will take time, maybe a lot of time.
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post #6 of 24
Dial up connections would really limit you... I don't think you could hardwire a connection that long, and for running a server bandwidth would be really limitted...
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post #7 of 24
I don't think there's really any way to do it.
If you do have the option of going the server route, you can set up a VPN that uses dial up. This is a looooong way to go though for what you want to do. You need 2 servers and at least 3 modems. The cost of this would be better spent on cable or DSL service.
Or you could just set up a regular computer with server software for whatever game you want to play, but with dial up I don't think the upload speed of your modem would be able to handle more than one person, if even that.
As for LAN, the average max distance of Ethernet is only 100 meters.
.4 miles is roughly 720 meters... so you're not even close.
Fiber can span from 2 km to 100 km, but that's just stupid expensive and I only mention it to point out that it's pretty much the only viable long distance hard wired option.
What was your plan anyway? To run Ethernet cable through neighbors yards and down streets? I'm not mocking you; I'm just curious what you had planned on doing.
For the people in the .4 mile distance you could in theory use wireless if and only if you had line of site and you either bought those industrial outdoor antennas or you tried the old Pringles can antenna. Actually line-of-site probably isn't super necessary, but it sure would help. With this method one person buys a wireless router and the others just have to get wireless cards. It'd be a really fun project to try if you were motivated.
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post #8 of 24
yeah even if u di dget it to work dial up would major limit gaming
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post #9 of 24
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OK . we are going to plan a wireless network . but we are near many concrete bulidings and they maybe destroy the signals . we don't know any brand name or what we need to buy . may you referr me a website that includes wireless routers and wireless cards and other mobilizations details ?
thanks for your advices
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post #10 of 24
Dial- up can go wireless????......
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