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post #1 of 14
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When it comes to networking and internet I am clueless.


I am moving my computer to the basement, down there I won't be able to run a eithernet cord to my PC. So that means I must go wireless.


How should I go about doing this, and still get a good connection?



There can be no cords going from the internet modem/router. It has to be wireless.

Any tips?

- Obz
post #2 of 14
Let's see, wireless router coming out of your modem and a wireless USB or PCI card for your PC. It's simple as that.
post #3 of 14
wait, so first off you dunno if you have a wifi router? unless their built in together, the modem must have an ethernet going to the router, and then from their everything past that can be wifi.

decide what wifi speed your router is, a/b/g/n, anything less then g and upgrade. g you might wanna consider upgrading to n. g is 54mb/s, where as n is 150mb/s so a sizeable increase in lan speed.

Next, newegg up a card. something with external antennas pci/pci/e even x1 pcie will work great, thats what mine is. avoid usb, usb 2.0 is like 56mb/s so theirs a bottleneck, and they rarely have good connectivity. Look up cards, eitherway you want something with a realtek, atheros, ralink, or broadcom chipset. then just skip using the manf drivers of the card, and just use the drivers from the chipset manf for best connectivity/reliability.
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concerning connections, I have been using wireless internet for my computers for the past 6 years and I will say while download speeds are a little slower than a wired connection. (2.3MB/s wired, 2.0MB/s wireless) my ping is always constant and I have had no problems with it.

Just make sure to get a good wireless card for your desktop, I spent $40 bucks on mine and I am happy with it.
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Point the antenna to the side, assuming it's one of those round rubber ducky antena's. that will ensure that some of your signal goes down to your basement.
    
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post #6 of 14
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I figured it was obvious when I said I had a router.


I wasn't sure if getting a wireless card would give me the best performance, or if there was another route that would be better.
post #7 of 14
The better route would be Ethernet, But since you said you can't go in that direction, then wireless will have to do.
post #8 of 14
You will not notice a decrease in your Internet performance. A wireless G network is going to be faster than your Internet connection anyway.

What is your router (A/B/G/N?)
    
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Greensystemsgo View Post
wait, so first off you dunno if you have a wifi router? unless their built in together, the modem must have an ethernet going to the router, and then from their everything past that can be wifi.

decide what wifi speed your router is, a/b/g/n, anything less then g and upgrade. g you might wanna consider upgrading to n. g is 54mb/s, where as n is 150mb/s so a sizeable increase in lan speed.

Next, newegg up a card. something with external antennas pci/pci/e even x1 pcie will work great, thats what mine is. avoid usb, usb 2.0 is like 56mb/s so theirs a bottleneck, and they rarely have good connectivity. Look up cards, eitherway you want something with a realtek, atheros, ralink, or broadcom chipset. then just skip using the manf drivers of the card, and just use the drivers from the chipset manf for best connectivity/reliability.
I disagree completely, PCI wireless adapters are terrible. What you want to do is use a good USB wi-fi adapter and plug it into a USB extention which you run up your wall and tape it there, So it is quite high and is better than sitting behined your PC being blocked. (Should avoid putting right near Metal)

Depending on your enviroment, you should go with a N router and a good N USB Wireless adapter. (A quality adapter is very important and can make a significant difference). But if you are surrounded by say, Thick walls, Metal or anything that could have a significant decrease in connection, Ive heard that a G radiotype is the way to go under these enviroments.

I never use PCI adapters because of experience, USBs seem to peform alot better even through the reduced bandwidth. I could be wrong and they could be good devices but so far i have had no luck and they are just a peice of &*$#
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post #10 of 14
wireless is not your only option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122318

This technology has been around for well over 10 years and predates 802.11
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