Ah well, at least it ain't politics.
I set up a wireless broadband connection at my place about the first
of the year. I bought Netgear stuff, that uses the 802.11G standard.
I initially had the router hooked to the desktop computer, (that is on
the third floor of my old stone house) but it didn't have enough range
to get signal to the shop ( which has a straight-line distance of
about one-hundred feet, including many stone walls on its journey) .
So, I moved the router and the modem to the second floor of the house
and I got intermittently decent signal strength out of this
For whatever reason, the intermittency has become less than
bearable,(mostly because I am limited to my position in the shop, if I
want to get adequate signal strength) and I have thought to add
something to the system to increase its range and signal strength.
My questions are various and thusly:
If the router is not hooked into a computer, but only is plugged into
a cable modem that directly connects to the coax cable feed of
Comcast, does the router enjoy all of the protection that it would, if
it were hooked to a computer through a NIC connection? (I'm thinking
no, and I apologize if this is a stupid question).
If the above question is answered in the negative, and it is necessary
to have the router connected to a computer to enjoy the benefits of
software level protection - what should I use to repeat, or boost the
signal, so that I can use the wireless connection anywhere in the
shop, rather than only on top of the bandsaw table - which is
Even if the previously referenced question is answered in the
positive, I still have a weak signal and need to know how to deal with
Finally, I am shamed to admit that I have left the network with
whatever defaults were in place during setup. I am not a security
freak but would like to know the appropriate measures that should be
taken to protect myself from those unwanted few, who might want to
access the network, for whatever reasons.
OBWW - I am writing this whilst the laptop is sitting on my workbench
(yes, I know that is lame).
As always, this OT inquiry is brought to you by some poor wooddorker
who truly does not know the answers to the above questions.
(watson - who almost always wishes that that he had been born smart,
instead of ugly).
Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (real email)