Broadband+ Student House?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Chris Pape, May 20, 2005.

  1. Chris Pape

    Chris Pape Guest

    Hi all,

    I've been pointed in your knowledgeable direction to ask a couple of posers!
    There are 7 of us moving into a house for the next student year, and we all
    want to use broadband on our own individual computers, through the same
    broadband account, and we are not sure how to go about it. Do we need a
    wireless router and then a wireless card in each of our computers, or is
    there a better way of doing it? Presuming this is possible, which would be
    the best provider for us to use from Sept-Dec and then mid Jan-June, without
    any sort of d/loading cap as it would disappear pretty quickly with 7 of us
    using it. Also, would the speed of the connection dramatically drop with it
    being thrown through all 7 systems?

    Sorry for the relatively long post, but any help you guys can throw in my
    direction would be very much appreciated!


    Chris Pape, May 20, 2005
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    Gel Guest

    Gel, May 20, 2005
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  3. calling us posers isn't a good start :)

    yes sharing a connection will result in slowdowns so some degree of
    discipline is called for. Kit is available that can mange loads but
    t'would be a bit expensive I suspect. Packages like netlimiter can
    restric machines on a voluntary basis.

    Try to get a fast line eg 2M ADSL or >2M if LLU in the area (Bulldog,
    UKOnline) or cable (NTL / BlueyondeR).

    Wireless router with 2 or 3 maybe wired as well. At least one wired or
    capable of wired for config.

    I would stick with the account Sept-June solid, no point paying for
    reconnection for the sake of a months rental if its the same house
    (chances are there'll be someone there some of the time).

    Phil Thompson, May 20, 2005
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    Ian Stirling Guest

    No, they haven't.
    They have introduced a new, unclearer capping scheme, that's for many users
    significantly stricter than what they originally planned.
    Ian Stirling, May 20, 2005
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    Paul G Guest

    Your best bets would be or providing
    your in there LLU network area. Ukonline is 8MB unlimited at £29.99 per
    month and Bulldog is 4MB unlimited for £29.50 per month

    Paul G, May 21, 2005
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    Ivor Jones Guest

    You'll need a bloody fast link as well with 7 of you on it, particularly
    if you all want to use it at the same time..! Don't even look at anything
    less than 1Mb and even that will be slow if fully laden..!

    Ivor Jones, May 21, 2005
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    Bob Eager Guest

    Cheap old box with BSD or (at a pinch) Linux would be fine. This would
    also function as a firewall.
    Bob Eager, May 21, 2005
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    Chris Pape Guest

    Unfortunately, its 6 desktops and one laptop, but i presume we can just get
    desktop wireless cards instead of the laptop versions?
    Chris Pape, May 21, 2005
  9. Chris Pape

    Chris Pape Guest

    Like the posers joke! *Slips on black sunnies and struts around!*

    Anyway, thanks for the advice, do you know of a website anywhere that might
    give a step-by-step guide to this sort of thing? I have had a poke around,
    but to no avail as of yet.

    Chris Pape, May 21, 2005
  10. USB wireless NICs fit both, and allow you to posiiton the receiving

    Phil Thompson, May 21, 2005
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    Cuzman Guest

    Chris Pape wrote:

    " Anyway, thanks for the advice, do you know of a website anywhere that
    might give a step-by-step guide to this sort of thing? I have had a poke
    around, but to no avail as of yet. " will be a massive help in deciding which
    ISP to go with.

    Obviously being students you are on a relatively tight budget, so it
    might be better to hard-wire the network as much as you can. Newer
    desktop motherboards have LAN (Local Area Network) ports on them, so you
    can get away with the following:

    - 1x wireless router (with eight 10/100Mbps LAN ports)
    - 1x PCI 10/100Mbps NIC (network interface card) for each desktop
    without one
    - 1x 54Mbps wireless PCMCIA card for the laptop
    - Enough Cat.5E cables to wire the router to all the desktops

    You could choose to hardwire the laptop if you wanted, but a wireless
    card gives you the freedom to move it around the house.
    Cuzman, May 21, 2005
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    cw Guest

    Personally I'd say wire in as much as possible. Wireless can be troublesome
    with interference and distance degradation. The less powerful APs might
    struggle with more clients using consistantly.
    Plus if anyone's wanting gaming, wireless is slightly more laggy but that
    might be the least of your concerns with all the other users on the
    connection :0)
    cw, May 21, 2005
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    Sunil Sood Guest

    Agreed but UKOnline may not be suitable for the OP - as its a 12 month

    Sunil Sood, May 21, 2005
  15. yes, more than half the ISPs and a bigger proportion of users are on
    12 month contracts. Nothing wrong with a 12 month contract if it costs
    less than 9 months of a monthly one :)

    Phil Thompson, May 22, 2005
  16. Certainly while downloading large files. However, for regular internet
    use, web browsing, even most video and audio streaming (rarely above
    250k on a lot of sites) assuming a good 2MB connection, I don't think
    the users would notice too much performance difference.
    chancellor of the duchy of besses o' th' barn and , May 24, 2005
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