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cinrose

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I currently have two PCs connected to a cable modem through a router in my basement.

I've just purchased a Dell Inspirion 8500 with wireless capabilities.

How do I get all of these computers online simultaneously? I don't want to install wireless cards in the PCs. I already know my option of plugging a cable into the laptop in my basement and linking it to the router, but I'm dreaming of checking my e-mail from my couch a floor up. I'm also pursuing the unrealistic ideal of checking my e-mail and accessing the internet from bed two floors up.

Which wireless routers do you recommend? Which signal boosters are most likely to make this worthwhile, since I want to use the laptop upstairs?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

JohnWill

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First off, since most WAP's are more expensive than wireless routers, I'd just replace the router with a wireless model. If you locate the wireless router near the center of the house, you should get decent coverage. You can also install an omnidirectional hi-gain antenna on the router for some additional range.
 

cinrose

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Thanks for the advice. Any reccommendations on wireless router brands?

And to clarify for me, this means that wireless routers also have ports for plugging in desktops that have regular (non-wireless) ethernet cards?
 

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Yep, I recently picked up a D-Link DI-614+ for $15 after rebates, it's a wireless 802.11b router with four LAN ports. And you can connect a switch to add computers, I have 8 computers, two print servers, and a TiVo connected to mine.
 
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