I have a desktop (Gateway DX4870 running Windows 8 64-bit) that doesn't cooperate with wi-fi using its onboard card nor USB dongles, but that's a bit of an unrelated matter. I've managed to temporarily solve the issue by bridging the desktop to my laptop (Dell Lattitude D830, W7 32-bit) , and using my laptop's connection to my wireless network to get Internet access on the desktop
So it's going like: Router (Linksys WRT54GL) --(wi-fi)--> laptop --(Etehrnet cable)--> desktop
I'm a networking noob, but I expected that since they technically share bandwidth, the laptop and desktop Internet speeds would be cut effectively in half, from 1MB/s (Roadrunner cable-based Internet) to 300-500 KB/s each. I expected that, but I'm getting a bit tired of the blow while using the destop.
I want to be abe to use full bandwidth or at least as full as possible on the desktop. Obviously, runing it through a bridge through a laptop isn't the most effecient. So I did some research and I figured that my best bet would be to buy a dedicated bridge to convert the wi-fi to wired and have the desktop use that exclusively. But then I started hearing about these bridges that connect to electrical sockets and bridge the network connection that way....I believe they're called powerline?
Anyway, I was wondering what would be a better option, either keeping the network bridge as is, buying a wi-fi --> wired bridge, or buying those powerline adapters and bridging that way. In the long run, I want to fix whatever is wrong with the desktop, but I'm sure that would cost more than either of these temporary solutions.