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    Hi people.

    I am fed up with the dialup we have, it is ridiculously slow and nobody can phone while I am on the internet. I can afford broadband without trouble, but unfortunately I have to try and connect two computers in opposite ends of the house to the internet simultaneously, and they aren't networked. I thought about two modems but apparently this is impossible. Wi-fi I think has not got the range, and the computers aren't networked so how can I do it? How hard is it to network two pcs?
    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
    Sam
    Last edited by sammydee; 06-21-2005 at 04:05 PM.

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    If your house is so big that wireless networking won't work, then you can certainly afford to have the place professionally wired.

    Seriously, the range is usually well in excess of 200 feet (60 metres) as long as there aren't too many walls or electrically noisy pieces of equipment in the way.

    Also, remember that once set up a wireless router doesn't need to be close to any of your computers, so if you can find a central spot that would probably be ideal.
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    Get a wired system going, its muich better if you play games

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    Well I read that its range was limited to about two walls. We live in a single storey bungalow so the distance on the ground floor is bigger than usual. What kind of limits does wifi have then?

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    I have 1DSL modem with 2 computers connected one USB and the other LAN

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    I would just get a switch.

    And lotsa cable.
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    a router is the way to go, I have 4 computers hooked up and they all share the same modem

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    I also think that a router is the best way to go.

    You could even setup the modem and router at a central location of your house then run cables to each PC or go wireless. At least that way both computers end up closer for better signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammydee
    Hi people.

    I am fed up with the dialup we have, it is ridiculously slow and nobody can phone while I am on the internet. I can afford broadband without trouble, but unfortunately I have to try and connect two computers in opposite ends of the house to the internet simultaneously, and they aren't networked. I thought about two modems but apparently this is impossible. Wi-fi I think has not got the range, and the computers aren't networked so how can I do it? How hard is it to network two pcs?
    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
    Sam
    Hi Sam, you will have to make some decisions
    internet from dsl, satelite or cable...in my area cable is far superior
    also many modems can be rented or owned

    cat5 cables are used as house wiring....wireless has some limitations
    I have both...cables can transport more data faster

    also your pc's need to be able to hook up...you may need to but
    add on cards or adapters

    no one can give you easy answers...just help you in your search
    here are some sites that hopefully will answer some of the issues
    that do occur in installing a local area network at home
    Networking Basics < Computer Basics < tutorialfind
    Home Networking Basics
    Router Basics
    Xbox.com :: Homenetworking Connection
    Terry's Computer Tips Newsletter & Website - Home Networking Basics
    WebJunction
    ComputorEdge - National Computer Magazine info and retailers for computers, PCs, laptops, hardware, peripherals
    BroadbandRouter_Basics.pdf (application/pdf Object)
    Beginners Guides: Wireless home networking - PCStats.com
    Routers - Wired and Wireless Network Router Hardware
    Howstuffworks "How Home Networking Works"
    http://compnetworking.about.com/od/homenetworkhardware/
    Howstuffworks "How Home Networking Works"
    Linksys Cable/DSL Router Help - Basics
    Router Basics
    DIY home networking guides and tutorials
    ADSLguide: The UK's largest independent ADSL review site - Your guide to UK broadband Internet.

    it is the small things that usually drive us mad

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    peat moss's Avatar Software Farmer BT Rep: +15BT Rep +15BT Rep +15
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    I just used a cheap hub , I spent more on the cables ! With xp pro it took two minutes to set them up. Hard part was drilling the fff holes in the wall .


    @kazaa2002 , Nice job . That should be worth 10 posts .

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