Extremely Lost Newbie Seeks Help
by Raethorm - 8/9/13 5:51 PM
I have been working on trying to set up a LAN/WLAN for my family for about a week now, and I have come to the realization that I need help. After reading more sites that I can count, pages of notes and too many hours spent trying to connect the dots...it's time I admit that I am very lost and confused. Maybe it's been information overload, or maybe I just don't get it, but I am here asking for help none-the-less.
As it is right now, I am trying to set up a network (some wired and some wireless) that can support: 3+ PC's, 1 iMac, 2 Laptops, 2 tablets, 3+ phones, 5 gaming consoles, a microcell and anything else I might be forgetting ATM.
I'd like to set up my LAN to require MAC address to be able to connect and a guest network (I was told to do this, but I still don't understand why) so when my family/friends come over they use that instead of my network?
So far I have purchased: a modem, router and a gigabit switch. IDK if I need an access point or a range extender, but my wireless devices do not connect when I go into some rooms.
Please let me know what other information is required. I am not very techie but I will do my best to get you the answers you need. I'd like to say thank you in advance to anyone willing to take time of of their day for a stranger to help them out. I very much appreciate it.