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home wireless networking suggestions?

looking to set one up, any comments suggestions?



4:34 pm on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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looking to set up a wireless network in the house and was wondering if anyone had recommendations or comments regarding my different options. all I need to do is attach a laptop and desktop pc (both running win98), and possibly xbox. I was looking at the linksys stuff but not much else.


4:45 pm on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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3com, Intel, and Cisco are not bad for wireless datanetworking


4:52 pm on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I used to run a LinkSys 41 and then it died. I'm running two different NetGear's now. (mr314 wireless and rp614 wired).

I'm fairly sold on the 314 - it's been flawless so far (4weeks).


4:55 pm on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The Linksys stuff works very well. I put in a Linksys router/hub/wireless access point, connected one PC via the wired hub and another with a Linksys USB wireless card. Everything works fine - Internet sharing, file/print sharing, etc. I like the router aspect - it provides natural address translation so you aren't exposing your computer's IP addresses to the web.

I had two experiences with Linksys tech support. The first one was very good. When I was connecting for the first time, it turned out I needed some special router settings for my cable provider. I got through to someone who knew what he was doing, and he quickly diagnosed the problem and told me how to correct. I was VERY impressed.

The second experience wasn't so good. My internet connection failed, and after determining I still had internet connectivity without the router I called Linksys support. The wait times were horribly long, and first level tech support seemed to be following a script that required frequent sequential reboots of everything (modem, router, PC). I spent hours trying to troubleshoot this unsuccessfully. Every call to tech support seemed to take 1 hour or more, and resulted in no progress. It was difficult to escalate to a higher level tech.

Then I got lucky. I've got a top-notch wireless guy working for me (what are the odds, right?), and I dragged him home. He spent another hour or two working on it, much of it talking to doofuses at Linksys. They still wanted to keep rebooting everything and tinkering with settings. He finally concluded that the uplink port on the router had died, and convinced them to give me a replacement. Fortunately, the unit was still under warranty.

The RMA part was actually painless - with a credit card number as security, they cross-shipped a new one before they got my old one back. The new one worked fine - even with my limited skills I was able to set it up in a few minutes.

So, to summarize: I like the performance of the equipment, and it's pretty easy to work with under normal circumstances. If you run into a problem, though, be prepared to spend some time on it. Overall, if I were shopping now, I'd do the same thing over again.

You might check the new Microsoft stuff out - I don't know anything about it, but I just saw an ad for it.

For residential use, I think wireless is the only way to go... My second PC is on a cart, and can roll anywhere that has an electrical outlook. Laptops, of course, are completely mobile.


7:43 pm on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Chris_F Looking at setting up the same thing myself at the moment with exception of xbox that is.

Let us know what you end up using.


7:53 pm on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

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will do. flip flopping between linksys and netgear now. should have some details in a couple weeks when the cable gets installed finally. btw, if anyone was wondering xbox will work on wireless..I was surprised...


1:59 pm on Nov 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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ended up going with linksys router and pc card. everything works great through all 3 floors of my house. very easy to set up, and support was quick and helpful.

I have xbox connected directly to the router and that works flawlessly too.


7:32 pm on Nov 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Am about to purchase wireless gear and have been advised to follow these guidelines:
1) Two standards: 802.11a and 802.11b
2) 802.11a faster but pc's must be closer to access point;
3) 802.11b slower but pc's can be further from access point;
4) distance from access point not a factor in most homes;
5) 802.11a has become predominant in most retail stores;
6) make sure all wireless equip is from same manufacturer else may run into encryption incompatibility problems


5:46 pm on Nov 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Erm ... there is a topic I am interested in .. security

You may have heard about "wall marking" :-) - marking invisible to the eye open nodes in wireless networks - are you going to write your own to indicate where wireless hackers can sit on the pavement outside with their laptops :-) or are you confident in your security measures?


3:22 pm on Dec 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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That's war chalking or war driving...I don't see it much in my area but it does exist.

The standard security advice I've heard is to:
1. Enable 128 bit Wired Equivalnet Privacy (WEP)
2. Filter access by MAC address
3. Disable SSID broadcast

If you do the basics for security your network will not be attractive to the wardriving crowd. They're looking for the unsecured access points, the ones that leave the default settings. If you encrypt your connection it's not impossible to break, but makes you much less of a target.


2:04 pm on Dec 2, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Bill thanks for the note on that.
Interesting subject to me but as you mention I doubt there will be much in my street, except perhaps from the neighbours kids through the wall :-)

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