Who has their home wired for internet?
I have each the 8 rooms in my home wired with Cat 5e cable, and all 8 wires
lead down to my basement where my cable source comes in..... Then it goes
- Cable IN goes to my cable modem via a splitter.
- Cable Modem OUT goes to Firewall IN (4 port Netgear)
- Firewall OUT goes to UPLINK of 8 port switch.
- Each of the 8 cables go into the 8 port switch.
1. Is this the best method?
2. Will there be a bottleneck at the firewall?
3. Should I use all 4 ports of the firewall/router?
4. Is there an alternate method that would reduce the number of "boxes" from
3 to 2.
Does having that 54Mbps signal flying all around the house, really help the
DSL or cable modem speed? My DSL is spec'ed at 768Kbps and averages between
650Kbps and 750Kbps. My friend's cable modem service varies at different
times during the day, but typically runs between 2Mbps and 3Mbps.
We'd love to actually get 54Mbps, so would the kind of wireless router that
you're talking about provide it? I mean, wow, 54Mbps is so much faster than
my stupid DSL, I guess I should run out and get me one of those tomorrow.
Now, if I hook up a really big antenna to the wireless router, can everybody
around me also get the 54Mbps speed? My friend is down the street using
dial-up, so if I get the 54Mbps wireless router, what will he have to do to
convert his AOL? Also, can I run Linux in the 54Mbps wireless router?
Not to mention 54 Mbps is only about 1/2 as fast as hardwired 100Mbps.
Without knowing if the original poster is currently experiencing slowdowns
how many computers he has, I would say his setup is fine. On a home
99% of the time the equipment in place is never utilized at anywhere near
capacity. Some of the computers I have run through a 10bt hub, a 100bt
a router then finally the cable modem. None of them experience any
If your only using a few of the cable drops, I would pull the switch out and
what you use to the router.
My limited expertise is pretty out of date, but judging by the ads they keep
sending me, they do have all-in-one boxes available. For home use, unless
you are hosting web sites in each room at the same time, or doing 8 massive
downloads at once, I doubt you will notice any bottleneck. You could always
put 3 high-priority connections directly into firewall/router, and the
other 5 rooms on the switch. It ain't like antenna splitters- just think how
many boxes your connection goes through once it reaches the Internet
1 combination wireless/wired LinkSys router connected directly to the cable
modem. Has 4 wired ports for PCs and wireless for your laptops or additional
PCs with a wireless network card installed.
Use all 4 ports on the router; one to the switch and the other 3 to your
highest use computers. Hook the less-used computers and the network
printer to the switch. Keep the ends of the wires long enough that you can
swap them around as your use changes.
Since you're using a switch rather than just a hub, it really probably
doesn't make any difference. You are unlikely to use enough bandwidth to
choke the "bottleneck".
My DSL modem is connected to an 8-port Linksys hub/router.
Your setup sounds fine, but if/when your Netgear or 8 port switch dies get
an 8 port replacement for the Netgear. You may want to consider wireless
I have every room with a telephone jack (which is all of them) wired
with CAT5. All of the wiring runs to the closet in my computer room
where my central house server (and incoming net connection) are
located. It's all run into a 16-port router with NAT firewall and
I've never had a problem. I can plug into the network in any room
(even the bathrooms, although I've never tried) and it works
perfectly. To date, I've only had 4 computers online at once and the
only bottleneck is the total connection speed for the DSL, but there
isn't anything you can do about that.
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