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Friday, 13 March 2015

Buy a desktop, router, wireless internet..



Should I buy a desktop when....I want to put it in my bedroom, which is on the other side of the house from my router that is in the living room? I was told there may be an antenna I can buy that goes on the back of the processor? Looking at computers online I noticed that some of them have "built in wireless networking." Does that mean I wouldn't have to have an Ethernet cable or extra router?

ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop

ASUS CHROMEBOX-M004U Desktop

what i would probably do if i needed wireless internet on a Desktop is get a router, then connect to it with a wired connection, and set it up to 'client bridge mode' and then that will basically act like it has wireless internet since it will connect to your main router that has the internet connection on it. you will have to set it up to whatever your main router uses in terms of wireless security and password etc.

i think they also have devices you can install internally (like inside the desktop PC) that will get it wireless internet access to but personally i would use the router route myself but i have not looked into costs but if you just want a decent internet connection you probably won't need any fancy high priced router do to it which should keep the costs reasonable.

i am not sure how your signal would be but if it's not too far from the main router it should be decent enough.

I have Tomato firmware installed on my router which allows it to do all of the fancy stuff but i think the stock firmware on your router allows for that client stuff i talked about above. DD-WRT firmware supports more routers than Tomato firmware though. i never run the stock firmware on my routers.

Many newer desktop motherboards do have Wi-Fi radios on them. If you need more processing power for less money, and/or the capacity for expansion cards, there's no reason not to get a desktop.

Look for models with a built-in 802.11ac radio, and multiple MIMO antenna jacks. Also look for separate, free-standing (not those screw-on "rubber duck") antennas to use with it. Putting the antenna pack up on a shelf or any other advantageous place can help get best reception. You'll need a 802.11ac wireless router at the other end to get the most out of this; the good news is that they're plentiful and affordable now.

Alternatives to Wi-Fi include power line networking and MoCA. To use MoCA, you'll need a cable coax port in your room and wherever the router is. IME MoCA can be flaky. Power line networking uses your AC interior house wiring, which is often more convenient. To use these, all you need is an Ethernet port on your computer to connect it to the adapter.

What I do is run an Ethernet cable along the floor to my bedroom. The women in my life have fits over it, but I don't care. It works, and is more secure than other methods.

If your existing router doesn't have Wi-Fi for wireless networking, you will need to do something to enable wireless networking. That could be a wireless access point (WAP) that plugs into your existing Ethernet router, or a new "wireless router" that typically has Wi-Fi and Ethernet ports.

If you already have a wireless (Wi-Fi) router, and your computer can't see it from where it is, you can either run an Ethernet cable to a second WAP in the "dead" side of the house, or use a Wi-Fi repeater to bridge the gap between the computer and router.

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