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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Finally, after not being able to have high-speed Internet for 5+ years, Rogers is adding support for our area. In fact, it's being hooked up this coming Friday, and our is plan is to make a wireless network throughout our house. We're planning on having this wireless router as the base station. Our Macs, which are going to be hooked up to the network, include:

Slot-loading iMac DV - Cable Modem Direct Connection - not wireless
Power Mac G4 (Sawtooth) 400 - 802.11b AirPort Card
*Powerbook G4, 1.5 GHz - 802.11g AirPort Extreme Card
Power Mac G5, 1.6 GHz - 802.11g AirPort Extreme Card

The cable modem, with attached wireless router, will be on the second-story of our house, with the iMac DV sitting right beside it with a direct ethernet-cabled connection.

The Power Mac G4 (Sawtooth) is sitting on the same floor, but not in the same room. I'm assuming it won't have any connection problems.

However, the Power Mac G5 is sitting in the basement, making it 2 floors below the wireless router - will it have any connection problems going through 2 floors and walls?

The Powerbook G4 will be moving around all the time, so it must also be able to make a good connection.

The entire network is for Internet use, so if the range only gives us 5 MBps, it's not big deal since our Internet doesn't even go at that speed.

Second question: Suppose we want to play a lan game between the iMac DV (direct connection to cable modem) and the Power Mac G4 (Sawtooth - 802.11b AirPort card) - can we connect to each other through the router, even though one is wireless and the other directly connected? I'm assuming yes, but I need all this confirmed before it happens.
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 04:05 PM   #2
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you should get a signal but it probably won't be that strong.

you should be able to do the lan game thing you were talking about.
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 04:12 PM   #3
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you should get a signal but it probably won't be that strong.
Concering the G5 in the basement, correct?
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 04:24 PM   #4
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Hey Lars, Ive got about a 2400 sq foot house. My airport is in the upstairs front west corner. My ibook still gets 5 bars in the downstairs, back, east corner of the house. My guess is that the powerbook, which is notorious for poor reception would likely get 2-3 bars in the basement. The G5 with its external antenna should fair slightly better.

As far as the gaming, I can do it on my ABS, so I'm assuming you can too.
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 05:06 PM   #5
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The G5 *should* be fine. If not, grab one of these.

As far the gaming, does it connect via Appletalk? If so, the DLink may not work. I don't think it bridges Appletalk to Ethernet. Can't seem to get on DLink's site to check.
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the dlink routers do NOT support appletalk over wireless

the only router that i know of that does and i have seen that it does, is the Asante
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Old Aug 18th, 2004, 10:42 PM   #7
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It is true about the pb reception whereas an ibook is amazing. Mine reads a full 4 bars even in my backyard.
As for the G5 I can only attest to it working from one floor apart to my cube. See, I have my G5 sharing its internet with the rest of the house consisting of the cube, and aforementioned ibook. I do not have any router, only cable to my G5 direct from a modem supplied by Rogers.
Occasionally, the signal out from my G5 is inconsistent to my cube which is farthest away however I'm inclined to believe that the cube is not the greatest in reception. Is there any way for you to have the imac centralized so as not to have the signal sent out so far?
Does anyone know if a such a set-up would be advantageous or am I missing out on something by-passing a router? Would this set-up allow the gaming?
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Old Aug 19th, 2004, 12:57 PM   #8
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lars, you'll get a signal everywhere in the house - you should be able to serve the internet on every machine without any problems.

my home g4 400 is directly beneath our router (the router is on the floor above our apartment in a house) - i receive 75% signal strength on average, but it can go as low as 25%. i do not notice a speed decrease when surfing when the signal strength is at its lowest.
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