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By paul7410 ·
I will be setting up a WLAN this weekend for my cousins company. This will be the first one I'll be installing. The main purpose is to share internet access from the office computer (cable) to the showroom computer (about 30' away). Both are desktops. Speed and reliablity are the main issues, security is not as big an issue

What spec would you recommend (a, b, or g)?
What brands are easiest to set up and maintain?
What hardware will I need and any placement considerations (i.e. cordless phone, etc.).

Thanks.

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by andrew.mizzi In reply to Wireless

If speed is an issue then there is no going past 802.11G or A. It runs at a faster speed than B, and A can run in turbo mode (72mbps).

G is back compatible with B so it means that any one with a B card can still access it when they come into your cousins company.

I would definatly look at Cisco products, they seem to always hit it on the mark in relation to quality, but not being from the US I am a big unsure what else your market has. Probably a Linksys Wireless-G Access Point (http://www.linksys.com/splash/wap54g_splash.asp)

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by paul7410 In reply to Wireless

Thanks man, but looking for some more detail info.

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by paul7410 In reply to Wireless

Thanks man, but looking for some more detail info.

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by JustAnAdmin In reply to Wireless

If security isn't a main concern, I would definitely suggest a Linksys solution. They are inexpensive and very easy to configure.

As far as speed goes, while B is a little cheaper, spend the little extra to go to G. For the price difference, the speed increase will be well worth it. Especially if you end up adding more systems to the WLAN later on down the road.

Only real hardware you should need would be the wireless router and a wirelass NIC (could be internal or even USB external). As far as distance goes, 30' isn't far at all, so I shouldn't think you would have any problems with interference. Place the station where it is most convenient for you and it should work fine.

Good luck!

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by paul7410 In reply to Wireless

JustAnAdmin,

Thanks man. Cnet raves about he 802.11g router from netgear (http://www.netgear.com/products/wireless/80211g.asp). I was thinking about purchasing the wireless cable/dsl router and one Netgear PCI 802.11g NIC for the WIN 98 machine on showroom floor. However, Netgear does NOT offer a 802.11g PCI NIC. Could I purchase both the WAP and router - and have them communicate. Then have both desktops use 10BaseT to connect to the router and WAP respectively. Any thoughts?

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by JustAnAdmin In reply to Wireless

There shouldn't be a problem doing what you have described, it may just be a little more work to set up.

Also, remember than any of the various brands out there are compatible, as long as they adhere to the same standard (G, B, etc). Netgear definitely makes good equipment, no problem there. You always have the option of picking up another wireless NIC from any other manufacturer for the Win98 box.

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by paul7410 In reply to Wireless

Thanks man.

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