Posted 26 November 2008 - 07:29 PM
I have a wireless router in which I use some wired connections but I have reached the point where I am about to exceed the four available ports. The router is a Linksys WRT150N wireless N, four port router. I have connected to the wired ports, my desktop PC and a pair of drives in a NAS enclosure. I have connect wireless my wife's laptop and her Wii Fit game console. The cable modem has its own port beyond the four.
I want to add (shortly) a wireless network printer and a Windows Media Center Extender and a wireless video camera (security camera). How many devices can I route wireless over this 4 port router. Clearly, I am limited to 4 wired devices but I could expand this with a wired switch. But, can I have all four wired ports occupied and still connect several wireless devices. Is there a limit to the number of wireless devices (beyond the bandwidth problem) or is the 4 port router limited to 4 devices in total regardless of how they are connected.
Regardless of the answer to the above, how do I expand my wireless network to more (wireless) capacity. With a media Center Extender transmitting HD video, there is not a lot of surplus bandwidth. Can I add (for example) an additional wireless switch/hub/router or whatever in a daisy-chained configuration similar to what I would do in a wired network?
I am rapidly getting beyond my rather basic understanding of wireless networking.