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- Jan 14, 2006
I have been using a wired home network home network for several years that I set up. It is mostly used by me and my thee boys.
There are fours PCs hard wired, that have the Cat5 cable going directly into my Linksys BEFSR41 EtherFast Cable/DSL router.
I have drilled a hole in my closet so that I can run cable to the lower level of my home, where I have three PCs connected via their NIC.
I have a Motorola SB5100 cable modem connected to the router which allow my Adelphia Cable Broadband Internet access to be shared by all. It has been rather amazing on how this has worked for as many years as it has.
We all have AMD powered CPUs that are using XP based PCs and are using XP networking.
I am considering altering the network to a wireless network. Please help me sort things out with your thoughts on the questions listed below. Thanks so much.
- I have heard that a wired network is always going to go at the maximum speed, and that a wireless network might be slower, but definitely not faster. True ?
[*]I am thinking that wireless will also give me the freedom to potentially hook up to a DVD, Receiver or various types of multimedia devices that are now starting to allow connections to a Network. Therefore allowing access to all of the multimedia files that I have stored on our network PCs. |
[*]I am thinking about the expense and what is needed. I was wondering about the distance issue and if I would to have devices that would boost the signal, so that the hardware on my lower level can have good throughout?
[*]Is it possible to have the best of both worlds? Meaning part of my network hardwired to a router and part of it wireless ?
[*]I believe that there are more security issues with having a wireless network. Is there the possibility of having signals disturbed by cell phones, garage openers, wireless telephones and having my signals being intercepted by those outside of my home. Even opening the possibility of a neighbor getting into my wireless network and using my Internet Bandwidth ?
[*]Please help me about features of newer routers. Are there any significant new features that are found in some of the newer wireless routers that could give me additional firewall protection, allowance for some control of bandwidth Wired NICs are cheap and I believe that wireless NICs are about double or triple the price. I was thinking if this was a fairly expensive proposition ?
[*]Do people who are used to wired networks get disappointed with the performance of a wireless network and does a wireless network tend to be more inconsistent with performance when compared with a wired network ?
[*]I have heard that a wired network is always going to go at the maximum speed, and that a wireless network might be slower, but definitely not faster. True ?