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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:21 AM
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:18 AM
The wireless routers also come with 4-port ethernet ports on the back so you can hard-wire your son's computer while yours will be receiving wireless signal from the router's antenna.
Posted 30 July 2008 - 01:15 PM
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Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:15 AM
thanks, it looks good, and the price is certainly low enough.
Check this router out. I am not sure if all of the routers have 4-port ethernet ports on the back but I know Linksys does and I have had good experience with Linksys routers.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:24 AM
Hey goofy yno,
I've set up a few domestic wireless networks for myself and friends so I hope I can add to the above a little. I agree with other posters that any decent router will have multiple ports - 4 seems to be the standard but you can get devices with more should you need it. I use Netgear and it's as reliable as an old friend. The only time it has been unreliable is when I had a problem with my Firewall that had nothing to do with the router.
I use a mid-range router in terms of speed (108mbps) or G+ as it's known. This easily handles online-games (including Second-Life, which is a big hitter on the demand side) video downloads and various other high-demand apps such as video editing on up to three machines (2 + base PC) and I've not noticed any major issues at all. The key part is really your available broadband speed (bandwidth). If that's reasonable then everything else should tick along nicely.
The G+ option should cover 50 feet without breaking a sweat, unless you have a seriously odd shaped house and/or lead-lined walls :-) You may not get full signal at all times but you rarely do.
As for E-mail, I cannot offer an app based solution but I know an online service that I use that does not get ANY spam of the kind you are concerned about if you crank the filters up to the max level. You could easily monitor this by setting the password for him so you could then check it at any time. I have no interest in this company whatsoever but I use it precisely because it's trash-free. I'll PM you a link.
That brings me to my last network-related point. Make sure your network key (the part you use to secure it from outside usage) is as good if not better than any of your other secure passwords. I can pick up 5 seperate networks from my living room and any one of them could 'borrow' my connection if my network key was absent and they had half a mind to do so. I'm sure you know this but I'm saying it again as it really is important for network security.
Posted 31 July 2008 - 09:41 AM
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