Posted 20 February 2005 - 03:02 PM
My question is what is the difference between a router,a switch and a hub?
Also, can a wireless router be used as a wired router also? I dont want to have to buy any wireless adapters and compusa has a Netgear wireless for $5 after rebate today only
Posted 20 February 2005 - 05:19 PM
Switch - It just allows you to connect to other devices. IP's must be assigned manually. They process network traffic for efficiency.
Hub - Don't waste your time or money. It's like a switch, but dumb. They don't process network traffic.
My advice, get a good wireless router. It will have the best of all worlds. Even if you don't need the wireless or the router portion, it will be there in the future. You can easily disable the wireless features. Very often you can find the WRT54G for something like $50 after rebate at BestBuy, Circuit City, Staples, etc.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 05:27 PM
Also as for the 2 nic cards... you need to share the connection to the router. If you are running XP it should set it up for you I think.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 06:30 PM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 06:56 PM
Keep in mind that just because it's a wireless router, it doens't doesn't mean you can't hook up devices directly. Most support up to 4 ports. Additional switches can be connected if you need more in the future. I recommend getting a wireless even if you don't need it. That way if you get a laptop or another device that can make use of it, you are ready to roll.
Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:21 AM
I picked up this today, $10 after rebate router
and this, $10 after rebate pci adapter
I may go back and get this to save a pci slot, again $10 after rebate usb adapter
You guys think this stuff is any good. What I plan on doing is using the wireless adapter on my computer and using the cable that comes with the router for the xbox. This way, for only $20 (after rebate ) I'm all set.
Sounds like a good plan, right?
Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:35 AM
Update the router firmware as soon as you get it.
Are you mainly using this as a switch? Or do you have an internet connection (cable / DSL) that you are also sharing?
Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:45 AM
Posted 21 February 2005 - 07:58 AM
Ok, well I'm going to assume that the cable modem runs to the PC we are talking about. I think you are going about this all wrong. You won't even need the wireless PCI adapter.
Connect it like this...
Cable Modem wired to Internet Port of Router
PC hard wired to Port 1 on Router
xbox hard wired to Port 2 on Router
All you will need is another CAT5 straight network cable.
Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:07 AM
Plus, now I can tell my friends I have a wireless network
Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:13 AM
I would disable the wireless until you get a device that really needs it. Also check into xlink kai for free online gaming. It works for games that support system link.
Edited by Wireless Geek, 21 February 2005 - 08:14 AM.
Posted 21 February 2005 - 08:38 AM
If you play any online games with your PC, you may need to port forward the port it's using on the router for them to play.
Have fun with your new toy.
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