March 22nd, 2002, 05:11 PM #1
If I were to go wireless...is this the right path ->
I currently have two computers upstairs networked with a router (BEFSR11) and hub (Linksys 5port). They are hard-wired. I have a new computer downstairs that I need to hook up to the DSL and trying to run wire to this machine would be an immense pain and a complete eye-sore. So Im thinking of wireless. I know all I really need is an access point and then a wireless card for the downstairs machine. Unfortunately, the WAP11 (wireless access point only from Linksys) is around $140. The access point / router / hub all put into one from Linksys (BEFW11S4) is around $160. So would it be a wise (and more cost efficient) course to buy the all in one and then sell the router and hub? or should I just get the WAP11. Or should I even go wireless....Im planning on buying a laptop down the road and the wireless benefits with a laptop is soooo much fun Ive played with that a work.YAH! I knew you'd be jealous
March 22nd, 2002, 06:02 PM #2
That's a hard call IMO.
Wireless has many pros & cons so it is based on your needs & risks. In general, I think they are very convienent.
In particular, the BEFW11S4 I tried out didn't work well. When I applied the latest firmware (Dec.?) , it killed all Internet communication. I had to go back one version to fix the problem. I ended up sending the unit back within 30 days because it kept needing the power reset every few days to get the Internet to work.
I've used other wireless APs (Lucent/Orinocco) and they've been great.
If you decide to go wireless, I suggest that you quickly get it up and running in case it doesn't fit your environment well.
March 23rd, 2002, 12:01 AM #3
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I'm looking at doing this as well. From what I can tell the wap11 is a great choice. However, everything I have seen says use the orinico pc card. dont use the linksys one - real problems on distance.
Also, pay close attention to security. lots of people are sniffing 802.11b these days. Make sure you have wep128 capable stuff. get a switch (not a hub) and put the wap11 on the switch so that only traffic to the wireless device(s) goes over the air. Use mac filtering for more security. be aware that 802.11b is way insecure. It's moderately easy to break into one from the outside.
By the way, wiring through the walls isnt that hard. get a bellhangers bit (6 ft flex shaft) and have a party. I did it.
March 23rd, 2002, 04:52 PM #4
its also the fact that our big ass trees outside my house is a rat fest. SO unfortunately now and then they creep into the walls (somehow from the roof....damn things) and scavenge around in the walls. Im afraid that if I run the wiring throught their then they will constantly get chewed upon and I'll have to redo the wiring alot.
what is wep128 BTW?YAH! I knew you'd be jealous
March 23rd, 2002, 05:53 PM #5Originally posted by Tekk
what is wep128 BTW?
March 26th, 2002, 02:39 PM #6
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I have used the Linksys wireless AP/hub for several months now with similar setup as you. I have 2 wired computers and two wireless connections all sharing the same cable modem Internet. I really like this setup, and did not have big problems setting it up. I used it with DSL connection prior to cable modem. If you search on EBAY, there is a company that is always selling antenna boosters for $30 - $40 that look interesting. I have not had the need. The Linksys appears to be quality product.
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