The Student Veterans Association (SVA) was recently given an old (close too 100 years) frat house to use. It was not used for several years, and the whole place is in need of an upgrade on just about everything.
Where it is located, there is no wireless signal from the University's wireless network. The house is wired for networking, but only with a single Ethernet plug. This was done about 12-13 years ago, when home networking was in its infancy. Most students have there own laptops
Due to budget cuts, the State wont give the University money to upgrade as of yet. This means that for about a few dozens student Veterans, we have to share a single Ethernet cable to connect to the campus network, thats if we want to chill at the Veterans house.
We currently are running a 75 ft cable to anyone who wants to use it.
Now...what should we get? A router? switch? Wireless access point? The SVA advisor told us that we could set up a network on the Veterans house, but that we would have to pay out of pocket for it. We don't want to spend a fortune either, since they probably wont reimburse us.
I have at my own personal home network, i use a Net-gear WGR-614 router at my house (off campus), and i have A&T DSL as my provider. Will this work on a University Network? I would only assume that this is much like a very large corporate network, perhaps over 10,000 computers are connected to it. I know about the basics of networking, i do not have any experience with a very large network.
I know that a router separates networks, or should i get a switch just to add more computers, since its already on a network? We want to really make it wireless much as possible due to the age of the house (rumor has it that the state will give us money, once the economy gets better), due do the fact that it might be torn down and renovated
So..any input would be great!
Edited by Derek Ellis, 25 February 2010 - 02:54 PM.