Wrong again. You're assuming you fully understand the op's requirements
from an extremely limited bit of information. You gleaned from his
messages that he wants more than one computer connected to the internet
and he knows little or nothing about networking.
If the only consideration is ease of installation, wireless is the way to
go. If cost, reliability, speed, or security are major factors, a hard
wired local LAN is the answer.
There seems to be no doubt in anyones mind, but yours, which is the least
expensive, has the highest reliability, the highest speed, and is the most
secure. I suggest that a hard wired local LAN is the only solution
"whioch makes the most sens for the situation in question."
While I'm (mostly) on the wired side of the argument, nobody here can
say that wired is cheaper than wireless. Sure, the hardware is
cheaper, but you cannot account for the cost of installation of a
wired LAN without knowing if the person asking is capable of doing the
wiring and install, or what the layout will be and what kind of house
they live in. (Having done my own wiring in both a ranch house and a
three-story Victorian -- I know which I would rather re-wire.)
My prejudice: I'm a wired ethernet guy. Maybe I just like running
My internet (dsl - but that 's no different) comes into the basement
to my adapter and router. Then it's up into the attic via conduit and
conduit runs all around the attic, out near the eaves and away from
the the electrical wiring.
Since your users are across the hall, you can't just to the "through
the wall or closet trick." If you put in RJ-45 jacks in each bedroom
and get them lined up on the same joist space, the fishing job for the
wires wouldn't be too bad. And you dont' need electrical boxes, just
use mud-rings. (It's kind of scary to think you can actually get all
this stuff at home depot.)
However, all things considered:
I would usually recommend wireless. Unless you are spooling video off
a server to multiple rooms, you will never use up the bandwidth of
newer wireless standards. As far as Internet traffic - your cable is
nowhere close to the speeds you'll get on you own network. But you
hardly need that speed to share a printer. Make sure you keep up with
all security precautions! (My friend works for a big consulting firm:
she is specifically prohibited from having her work laptop on a
wireless network at home. She went with a "phone line network" which
has worked ok. You can also do a network over your regular house
In my experience, getting the networking to work properly with the two
operating systems and each other will be more difficult than than
physically setting up the network. If both of the machines are running
the same o/s, you'll have a head start.
For the very brave, there is a new thing going on where you can get
wireless network over the eletrical lines. no gear in the house at all.
Security must suck. my neighbor uses it and likes it.
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