Well in around 6 weeks am I am moving back to an area with DSL coverage and I have a quick question. When I previously had DSL I used my Linksys router and PPOE to share the connection between my 2 windows machines.
Now that I am mac friendly I know that through the System profiler I can share an Internet connection. When I move should I share my connection within the router itself or from the System Profiler in the Mac? Will it make any differences? I will have 4 machines sharing the connection, 2 windows, 1 linux and my Mac. My main concerns are with security both the Router and the Mac have firewalls. Which is better?? The one in the Router or the Software based Mac one??
It is an old building where we will be working on the mainfloor and living upstairs. 3 machines will be downstairs while my Windows laptop will be upstairs. I would like to wirelessly share the internet connection to my laptop upstairs while maintaining a wired connection down. Can I simply run a cable from my downstairs router up through the floor into a Wireless hub in one room upstairs and then access the Internet with a wireless card in my laptop. If I go this route should I then use the Router to share the connection or again does it not matter.
I know that's a lot to rumble through but that's how my mind works. Any help would be appreciated.
Like any radio wave, the antennae of the wireless router affect both the broadcast area and signal strength.
Play with different orientations of the router's antennae to overcome coverage issues, if you get any.
Out and wide = broad, flatter coverage, possibly available across the street or in your yard, but maybe not upstairs or downstairs in your home.
Crossed = narrow beam; smaller circle of coverage that won't extend far in your yard or to your neighbors but probably up 2 stories. Works great if you put the router the basement of a single-unit dwelling.
Try different configurations and use what works. Placing the router right up against a brick wall probably won't work that well, but wood walls aren't too bad.
Wireless can be a bit finicky when you go vertical. I have found that my router likes to send out in the horizontal plane. If it's at all possible you should try to get a wireless access point in the upstairs. You might be able to get a cable inside a closet to the upper floor. You can always try it without the access point but the more transmitters you have (up to a certain point) the better.
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I think you mean "System Preferences," not "System Profiler".
You are correct!!! So it looks like my best bet will be to leave downstairs wired where the computers won't be moved around and then take upstairs through the floor into a WAP which should then give me the wireless coverage on the second floor. I can't wait to get high speed back again.
Funny thing with where we are moving to DSL is not available through Bell but it will be coming through the local telco. It seems to be one of the few areas where an Independant ISP has got the infrastructure in before Bell. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Independant ISP has got the infrastructure in before Bell.
more than likely it's Bell copper
just that the Bell bean counters figure that the area is not profitable, just yet
could also be a CRTC deal
many times Bell is delayed from entering a market to give other vendors a shot at the business