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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:53 pm 
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I have wires running from downstairs to upstairs and that is a huge petpeave of mine--wires. Do they make wireless switches? I know they have them for business and are thousands of dollars.. But I have never seen one for the basic home setup.


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Um, are you referring to a wireless router?
Example:
Linksys WRT54G.

If you already have a router, it can be configured (as can most wireless routers) as an AP + 4-port switch. That's how mine's set up.....

I take it that hiding the ethernet cables running upstairs isn't a possibility?


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I think it would probably be easier to just get an all in one solution for a home and configure a new wireless router as you see fit, but if you are looking for something that is closer to a "switch" but with wireless you would want a Wireless Access Point.

The only reason you would really want something like this is if you are extending wireless coverage that you already have, or if your network management system(s) are important to not change. For example, if you were using a server instead of a standalone product to run your network services a wireless router wouldn't be the best choice.


This is an example of a Wireless Access Point it costs about $150:
Linksys WAP4400N


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Which is ridiculously expensive. A WRT54G still costs only $50, and can be very easily configured as an AP.

Granted, .11n is coming soon, but the spec still isn't finalized. At least with .11g hardware, you're guaranteed that it'll still work in the future.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:27 am 
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Any time someone considers buying a wireless device they should really think about making sure that it has MIMO.

A WRT54g will work, but for a home where he will be using it on multiple levels he may not get the best results with that item.


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Thanks for the responses. To be a little more clear I want to rid the cable going up the stairs and I cannot hide them. I do have Wireless N (Dlink)

will buying another router let me configure as a hotspot giving off better wireless signal and allowing me to use the ports?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:03 pm 
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Yes if it is setup correctly and offers the features (most of them do).

You must have a power outlet and a network cable run to the new router. Also it must be on a different channel than the first one or you will have interference and will get disconnects.


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