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post #1 of 7
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So here's the situation: We have a WRT54G router downstairs hooked directly to a Mac. My computer is upstairs, and I seem to have a choice. I can either buy another router and modem for my room, or i can turn my WRT54G into a DD-WRT router (even though it's a pain on the Mac).

I'm just wondering if spending the money on the separate router/modem and running wired would be worth it over getting DD-WRT for free.

I'm going to be playing all kinds of games including FPS, streaming videos, and I guess that's kinda all worth noting although there's probably more I could say.
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post #2 of 7
Buying another modem would require you to pay for another broadband plan as well.

Would be easier to use one of the LAN ports on the existing router and run a cable between the two locations, with a switch on the end opposite of the router if you need connectivity for more than one wired device.

Depending on the game you can get away with wireless, but a wired connection will be less erratic.
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wired ftw. whatever you can do to get wired. so much better
     
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Wired > Wireless. If you have the choice, wired is always a good choice. Someone stated you need another connection of service for a second modem, not true. I bought a second hand modem from a friend that was compatible with my eastlink 15mb/s cable. My eastlink owned one is downstairs, I plugged the second one upstairs and it worked perfectly, though this will not be the case EVERY time obviously... do your research.

And someone else suggested running a wire from the existing router to your PC upstairs and putting a switch on it if you need multiple connections... I second that.
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post #5 of 7
You can also use a second WRT54G on the other end of the cable -- just connect that one to one of the LAN (not WAN) ports and disable the DHCP server, then give it the same SSID and network key but change the channel. It'll act as a switch and access point, extending your wireless range while letting you use wired for your desktop.
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post #6 of 7
How is putting DD-WRT on a router a pain on a mac? You just upload the firmware file and the router will take over.

Also used wired, just get a cheap switch or something, you can probably get one for 20 bucks.
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post #7 of 7
you can only have one DSL modem connected to a service number, using two will not work. For two you need to have a second service number, which means a second service plan and bill. Im not 100% certain about Cable service but am fairly sure its the same way. For the cost of getting a second service account you could probably pay a contractor to come and run you cat5 in the wall from your router to your computer upstairs.
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