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Networking & wireless forum: Comcast gateway vs. new wireless

by: italy2008 March 16, 2008 10:35 AM PDT

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Comcast gateway vs. new wireless

by italy2008 - 3/16/08 10:35 AM

Hi. Seeking some advise on whether I should go forward with Comcast installation of internet wireless gateway or buy a new wireless router (and probably new wireless cards for the laptops). I am not very technical. My wireless network set-up is quite old now, and the laptops that are farther away do not have the deisred speed and sometimes drop connection to the internet. Additionally, I'd like to connect the Dell desktop PC (no wireless capability) to the internet in the lower level (where the playroom is) so that we can access the internet from there in addition to doining some education stuff with the kids.

Ideally (from a non-technical perspective), I'm thinking a hardwire hook-up for the Dell in the basement (since it doesn't have wireless) as well as for my laptop on the second floor (since I've found the connectivity much faster since I've been hardwired). My home office and the basement are probably the fartherest two points in the house which is what I think my challange is! For the other laptops, the wireless should be fine.

Current set-up: Have home office (work remotely) set up in 2002 with a 2Wire Homeportal (100W) wireless router (with security, I think). In original set-up, the 2Wire HomePortal was hardwired to my Dell Dimension 8200 (no wireless capability), but since I started having wireless connectivity issues with my laptps (there are currently 3 being used in the house), I changed the hardwire hook-up so that the 2Wire router is now connected to my work laptop docking station. This seems to have worked so that I can do office work, but also the other laptops can now connect to the internet (I don't know why).

Upstairs office:
one cable outlet (can we use a V-adapter to hook up the TV in that room?)
wall: cable / phone --> Comcast Cable modem --> 2Wire Router / Office phone / wall outlet
2Wire HomePortal wireless router --> IBM T40 laptop

Laptop #2 IBM Thinkpad T30 with a Netgear WG511v2 54 mbps wireless pc card

Laptop #3: long-term visitor laptop (not sure of details)

Also have Comcast VOIP (2 lines)

Comcast customer service has told me that they can connect my Dell Desktop in the basement as well as hard connect my IBM T40 upstairs for optimum connectivity speed, while enabling boosters for better connectivity for the other laptops with their "gateway."

Costs: Installation: $150. An addition $2/month over what I'm paying now.

My question is: What is the most cost-effective way to get optimum connectively and speed from the second floor down to the basement of my house? And will I be able to do that while getting the old desktop connected in the basement?

Thanks very much for any guidance!

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