ADSL and home network setup advise please

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Individual.NET, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I am about to have ADSL installed, and with two PCs in the house would like
    them both to share the connection.

    Despite reading most of the material recommended here I am still somewhat
    unsure of the best way to go about it and would appreciate any advice.

    One PC has wireless access card installed already, and as both PCs may not
    be in the same room, I would prefer to have them connected wirelessly. My
    plan is to buy an ADSL router with wireless (802.11g) modem ("in one box").
    I intend to connect the modem to the PC without the wireless access (PC1),
    and them connect the other (PC2) wirelessly to it.
    My questions are:

    1. Does the plan make sense?
    2. Would there be a drop in the speed of connection (bandwidth) for PC2
    which is in fact my "main" PC? PC1 hardly needs to be online, but I just
    thought that using my proposed setup will save me having to buy another
    wireless access point.

    For the hardware I was thinking about either

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?BEL-F5D763

    or

    http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?3M-3CRWE75

    and will probably buy it from them as well. I know I can probably save a few
    pounds going elsewhere, but I have made a decision never again to touch
    etailers who do not provide a contact phone number. Any comments on those or
    perhaps suggestions of others will also be most appreciated.

    Cheers,

    J.
     
    Individual.NET, Apr 1, 2004
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    Sunil Sood Guest

    Well it depends on your defination of a few pounds..

    The Belkin is £102.19 from ebuyer.com instead of £123.38 @ Novatech, while
    Amazon have it for £115

    From your description, the wireless card needs to be in PC2 - its also worth
    checking if it is a 54G card - though even the 802.11b cards are more than
    fast enough if the network is meant for net access...

    Regards
    Sunil
     
    Sunil Sood, Apr 1, 2004
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    King Queen Guest

    You won't need PC1 on at all. The wireless link to PC2 shouldn't
    affect the Internet speed - the wireless link is generally a lot
    faster than the ADSL speed anyway (11Mbps wireless or faster, whereas
    your standard broadband is 0.5Mbps).
     
    King Queen, Apr 1, 2004
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  4. Many thanks for the speedy reply.

    Amazon are definitely a very good option, especially when taking into
    account their free P&P, as this was the main reason I intended to go with
    Novatech (other items to order from them).

    .... and yes, the card is a 54G.

    Thanks again.

    J.
     
    Individual.NET, Apr 1, 2004
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    Alien Zord Guest

    I would recommend the 3Com bundle deal from Simply, code 46023, or ebuyer,
    code 59013, as this includes the all in one ADSL router 754G as well as 54G
    PCMCIA card for £104 inc. VAT !!!
    As the PC card is £41 at the same places it makes the router just £63 inc.
    Half the price of Novatech!!!

    The 3Com includes WPA encryption as well as a decent firewall.
     
    Alien Zord, Apr 1, 2004
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  6. i Agree - It does look like a very decent offer.

    However I have 2 desktops, so the PCMCIA card is of no use to me. I could of
    course flog it on ebay though...
     
    Individual.NET, Apr 1, 2004
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    Steve Pearce Guest

    You can get adapters that allow PCMCIA wireless cards to be used in
    desktop systems, but it probably isn't the best option.
     
    Steve Pearce, Apr 1, 2004
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    Peter Guest

    I would *always* get a router.

    I can see on my router (Cisco, quite complicated) that with my ISP
    (Clara) I get hit with Blaster roughly once per minute, and anybody
    without all the latest windoze patches will get infected. A router
    won't let these attacks in.

    Peter.
     
    Peter, Apr 1, 2004
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  9. I have the same setup (but different kit), and it works fine...

    I would avoid the Belkin, it's shit. I don't know anything about the
    3Com unit, but they have generally a good reputation, so I would think
    it will be fine... Personally, I went for Draytek, as their products
    have top notch ratings, but are slightly more expensive, but you get
    some nice goodies like VPN and such...
     
    Zapp Brannigan, Apr 3, 2004
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  10. You have just made my day (NOT!) as I orderred the Belking from Amazon last
    night...

    Would you care to elaborate why you think that it is s**te?
     
    Individual.NET, Apr 3, 2004
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    Trevor Yates Guest

    ER - I got a Belkin - and no problems at all!!!!

    Trevor
     
    Trevor Yates, Apr 6, 2004
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  12. Individual.NET

    Sunil Sood Guest

    I presume you have it by now.. can you tell us how you found the Belkin ?

    Regards
    Sunil
     
    Sunil Sood, Apr 9, 2004
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