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I need family to wirelessly connect through 3 solid floors and outside in the garden. I am looking at Netgear 108mbps or 54mbps - can anyone please advise which solution or any other reliable alternative other than hardwire. There is 1 desktop and 3 laptops in the house. Thanks.
Networking over mains wiring still require cable from the mains adapter to each computer
Base on your wireless requirement 3 solid floors endless walls and access in the garden
This would be my personal recommendation
Get a good ASDL Wireless modem router with a removable antenna
Having read the amount of problems with Belkin and Netgear equipment on all the forums I personally would not touch them.
Granted they work perfect for some people and endless problems for others
What do you want a system that you can set up in a corner and forget for the next 3 years or a system that you have to be fiddling with every month???
Having installed D-Link and Hawking equipment before in small and large companies with out any problems I would look at these options
D-Link Wireless 54Mbps ADSL Router with 4 port switch base it ASDL via the phone line
Most Wireless router antenna is a standard 2db with a normal range of about 50 meters
I would replace the standard antenna with a Hawking Hi-Gain Antenna
Base on the need to send a signal through 3 solid floors and endless walls plus cover the garden, which could be as large as Wembley Stadium???
Try the antenna first if you find that the coverage is still not enough and the signal is low in some areas of the house and garden
I would install a Wireless Range Extender on the second floor
The one that I use is the Hawking Technology HWREG1 Wireless G Universal Range Extender you configure via a Ethernet cable unplug move to the second floor and just power it up
Take a read of this posting will help you to decide if you need to use a Range Extender
You can download the manual and take a read from this site
Hope This information helps you on setting up your wireless system
“I am looking at Netgear 108mbps or 54mbps”
Just a small note if you buy a 108Mbps router you will also need to buy a 108Mbps adapter for each wireless device that you want to connect, as standard build in wireless cards only connect at 54Mbps
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