Using wireless routers

Question

Recently my father upgraded to Cox High Speed in his home office. He has a cable modem connected to his office computer on the far Southeast side of his home. He networks that computer with a notebook computer via an ethernet cable (the notebook is used in the field and sits on a table 2 feet away). He wants to use the High Speed Internet connection for his wife's computer that is located on the far Northwest corner of the home. He tried a 128-bit wireless Microsoft router and there was not enough "juice" and the connection was extremely slow. He has a cable outlet 5 feet from his wife's computer and wants to know the possibility of buying another cable modem and connecting it to her computer and running coaxial cable from the cable outlet to the cable modem. Is that possible (i.e. are all cable outlets in the house now data and t.v. outlets or the one in the home office the only date outlet?) or is there an easier way. Mind you, there is no attic in the home office and he doesn't want to run a network cable up the wall and ceiling or on the outside of his home (the room with her computer is quite a distance away).

He also wants to connect his notebook back to the desktop, and run High Speed Internet on the notebook.

Is this a logistical nightmare or are we making this more difficult than it really is?

Thank you.

Answer

This question was answered on March 7, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I would centralize my cable modem and wireless router somewhere in the home where the area are about equal length for wireless router can be more effective (most wireless routers distance is less indoors 150-200ft to outdoors 300ft) take that in consideration when you place your router Being that you already have a wireless router, Linksys has a booster for there wireless router which can double the coverage area, find out from microsoft or check into it yourself about a strength booster for your wireless router.

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 7, 2003