Wireless Networking at Home

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by NelsonPK, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. NelsonPK

    NelsonPK Network Guru Member

    I want to set up a wireless network at home and wondered if some of you could help me with a couple of queries.
    The WRT54GS would be my preferred choice of broadband router which I'd place in my upstairs office at home and link to my office desktop with ethernet cable. I want to have a wireless connection to the family desktop which is downstairs (about 15 metres away) using a WPC54GS card. I also intend connecting my laptop with a WMP54GS adapter.
    But I've 2 queries.
    1. The online manual for the router says it should be placed in line of sight of the other network devices (which seems impossible in most home networks). So will the WRT54GS have sufficient range for me (the SRX router would be a bit outside my budget)?
    2. I'm not keen on having too many different radio signals (cordless phones etc) in a home environment with young children so can the WRT54GS be used in a wired mode only in my office desktop and the wireless transmission switched on when it's required? If not, do you know of any other Linksys broadband routers that can work in that way?
    Hope this all makes sense, and thanks so much in anticipation of your responses,
  2. windsurfer

    windsurfer Network Guru Member

    Line of site gives you the best distance but wood walls are not much of a problem unless they have a steel heating duct in the way.

    The 15 meters should not be a problem unless you have walls made of concrete or brick.

    You can turn on and off wirless without affecting your wired computers.

    You are probably allready being blasted by your neighbors wireless so one more is probably not that big a deal. These routers put out far less than a cell phone.

  3. NelsonPK

    NelsonPK Network Guru Member

    Thanks Wilton,
    Our house has brick walls on the ground floor and stud walls upstairs so I think that router shoul carry okay. I've read of other users getting amazing ranges from their similar equipment but the "line of sight" bit in the manual made me wary.
    Your comments are much appreciated,
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