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    I'm thinking of setting up a wireless network between a few computers in my house. Only thing is though, all the gear is fairly expensive, especially if I want to go 54mbps (which would be nice). Looking around, heaps of companies are selling kits with a couple of PCI cards and a 4 port switch.

    I was wondering, do I really need the switch, could I just have the PCI cards in each computer and let them transfer stuff directly. If this would work, what sort of limit is there on the number of computers that could be connected in this way.

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    You will need an access point for it to work. The computers can't just talk to each other like walkie-talkies. If you want to share broadband, get a wireless router/switch. You can wire it to one of the boxes so you won't need a wireless nic for that one. It has been my experience that 802.11b (the slower variety) is usually just fine for home use and (at least in the U.S.) there are some really good deals to be had on the hardware as the venders are pushing 802.11g right now.

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    i have been using the D=link dl-614+ router with d-link pci card for a long time and it is pretty fast. it runs at 22mps if desired and has good WEP support.


    is also pretty good deal, around 90 dollar for the router and 65 buz for the pci cardl. (canadian dollars)
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    soz 2 disagree, but i share broadband to 2 other computers using no more than actiontec usb wireless adapters from dabs. just set up the network, then share your connecion. no need for all those fancy routers

    : peace:
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    well, even cable isnt faster than 11mbps. so 802.11b wont slow down any downloads.
    As for the router. Well thats really a personal preference. I would get one, cuz its a lot easier to administer.

    )( :)

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    You can choose a central point, like a router or Wireless Access Point, or you can just run the network 'ad hoc' (assuming the cards support that mode), which means they all talk to each other by themselves.

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    But...

    If you run ad-hoc, what does that do to your security?

    Wouldn't you have to be broadcasting your sid all over the place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G Smith
    But...

    If you run ad-hoc, what does that do to your security?

    Wouldn't you have to be broadcasting your sid all over the place?
    As far as I know, you can still set it up using encryption and encryption keys...

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    thats correct. but w.o central point, distance between computers will be greatly limited.

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    whats the best 802.11g router out there now? do wireless routers lose there conenction alot due to interference? like cell phones etc.....

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