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going wireless (possibly) 
19th-Nov-2009 09:24 pm
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I've been thinking of getting our home a router with wireless capability. There are times when my wife or I would like to take our respective laptops elsewhere without an unsightly 80-foot cable snaking its way around our abode. Thus, a couple of weeks ago, I went to my favorite computer store and was all set to acquire the D-Link Wireless router (802.11 N) when the sales person said something that made me decide to hold off.

Supposedly, for the whole thing to work, one of our laptops has to have a software loaded into it and be physically connected to the router at all times.

Does that sound right?
20th-Nov-2009 04:30 am (UTC)
That sounds unlikely. Certainly my Linksys doesn't have any such requirement, nor do older D-Link routers. They can be configured to require that (basically, offloading DNS and/or DHCP to a dedicated server for greater control) but it's not an out-of-the-box configuration by any means.
20th-Nov-2009 04:58 am (UTC)
Thanks. That computer store's personnel is usually knowledgeable, but the person I talked did seem rather new to the job. That being said, what Linksys model do you use?
20th-Nov-2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I got the high-end simultaneous dual band model (WRT610N). You probably don't need anything that fancy; I needed to solve some network anomalies having to do with too many routers that didn't like the idea of routing between each others' subnets.

Things the salescritter might have been confused about: I can imagine a setup where the "parental controls" feature might want a monitoring machine, although I haven't yet seen a router which does things that way. Also, VPN tunneling requires extra setup (the router can forward VPN connections but is not itself a VPN endpoint), but you would probably be aware of that already if it mattered because you would need to run specific VPN software with a supplied configuration.
20th-Nov-2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh, and business class wireless routers often have specific requirements in that area, involving dedicated DHCP and authentication (RADIUS) servers. But devices in that class typically cost 5-10x over home models.
20th-Nov-2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips.
20th-Nov-2009 05:06 am (UTC) - Our linksys doesn't require that kind of thing.
And because of the nature of our ancient house (I suspect that part of our 'lathe and plaster walls' are actually wire mesh and plaster. We have WiFi in the front room, my room (where the router is) and the porches on the first floor.

And (remember I do not understand the details) software and larger antennas made it into a much larger router than we bought with

Just saying.
20th-Nov-2009 05:14 am (UTC) - Re: Our linksys doesn't require that kind of thing.
Thanks. Which model do you use?
20th-Nov-2009 03:43 pm (UTC) - Re: Our linksys doesn't require that kind of thing.
Linksys Wireless G Broadband Router, 4\with 4 port switch, Model 54WRT546.

Been a champ, its been working for a long time. We also have it wired in (we have a 1912 house with Cat-5 wiring... makes me giggle) because some of the computers are not wireless. We also have a connection downstairs in our parlor.
20th-Nov-2009 04:04 pm (UTC) - Re: Our linksys doesn't require that kind of thing.
Thanks again.
20th-Nov-2009 10:49 am (UTC)
I'd say he's thinking of the output from the cable box, or the cable link from your phone line (however you currently connect). As you would imagine, that has to be connected to the router, but that's the 'in' signal for the router itself, which isn't wireless.

I'd say it sounds like they didn't teach that salesman the first rule of customer service: If you don't know, say so, and go find someone who can give the correct answer.

Good luck with the router. You'll wonder how you ever managed without it :)
20th-Nov-2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
We have a high-speed connection thru our cable company, with the currently-non-wireless router being physically connected to the cable company's modem.

I love setups that involve lots of cables.

I tasted of the wireless fruit this summer.
I liked it.
A lot.
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