Home network suggestions

Discussion in 'Network Routers' started by dave, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. dave

    dave Guest

    I'm going to help a fried setup a home network, and could use some
    equipment suggestions. They have cable modem, 6 devices (computers,
    network printer), three of the computers are wireless, and the operating
    systems are Windows XP, Windows 7, Linux Ubuntu, and an Apple notebook.
    The printer is a Brother laser printer with both wired and wireless

    Here are my questions:

    1. A router suggestion. 8-ports with wireless is needed, but I would
    appreciate a make and model suggestion.

    2. Router features that you would suggest. For example, 802.11a,b,g,n.

    3. Anything else?

    dave, Mar 27, 2011
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  2. dave

    Char Jackson Guest

    If you're willing to do some reading, there's lots of info available
    at <http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/> and I also suggest browsing their
    forums at <http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/index.php>.

    My personal choice of hardware suits my own needs well, but may not
    meet your needs, so it's best to make your own informed decision.
    Char Jackson, Mar 27, 2011
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  3. dave

    jch Guest

    Most home routers have 4 ports not 8. I'd suggest getting a 4-port home
    wireless router and an additional 4-port switch. That will give you enough
    open ports to allow connection for the 6 devices you named.

    Which wireless rotuer features (a,b,g,n) will depend on the equipment you're
    trying to connect. Will the Brother printer be connected wirelessly? What
    wireless interface does it have? Same question for the wireless computers.
    What wireless interface do they have? You'll want a wireless router that
    will be compatible.

    It doesn't matter about the varied operating systems. Once properly
    configured, all the devices will connect properly.
    jch, Apr 2, 2011
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