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#1 BoDEAN

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:04

Many users on here using WIFI on their home desktop computer vs Ethernet?
Reason I ask, Most of my WIFI gadgets (Stereo, xbox, boxee, etc) are in the living room. My desktop is in my bedroom. My signal strength in the living room is about 40%

I just bought a wireless bridge ( http://microcenter.c...et_Media_Bridge ), and was thinking of hooking that into my ethernet port on my mb (to become wifi), and move the cable modem/router to the living room.

I assume most users on here try to avoid WIFI on their main desktop pc due to lack of speed vs wired?


#2 EyEvil

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:10

Wired on desktop and Wifi on Laptop

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:17

wifi all around, here at my house

router is in the living room which reaches just fine to the rest of the house

speeds seem just fine for me, even when gaming on my computer here in my room

#4 remixedcat

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:30

what router do you have Brando?

also I recommend NETGEAR wireless products for consumer level and EXTREME NETWORKS for enterprise level.

I recommend you get one that has the USB extension cable and get one that's large, not those compact ones those are weaker and made for looks.

I have one of the "crappier" NETGEAR wireless USB sticks w USB ext. and it works fine for streaming...

It helps to have a repeater setup as well. having those is better then having one powerful router. mesh wireless is even better and lots of hotels and conference centers use those.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:01

I have a Motorola Surfboard, it has wireless build right into the main router (got i through my ISP [Cox])

#6 remixedcat

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 04:32

How good is the firmware?

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:34

about as good as you'd expect for standard residential grade firmware
it's no dd-wrt but it does what i need it to do

#8 PGHammer

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:55

Many users on here using WIFI on their home desktop computer vs Ethernet?
Reason I ask, Most of my WIFI gadgets (Stereo, xbox, boxee, etc) are in the living room. My desktop is in my bedroom. My signal strength in the living room is about 40%

I just bought a wireless bridge ( http://microcenter.c...et_Media_Bridge ), and was thinking of hooking that into my ethernet port on my mb (to become wifi), and move the cable modem/router to the living room.

I assume most users on here try to avoid WIFI on their main desktop pc due to lack of speed vs wired?


There are indeed uses for Wi-fi on desktops - especially if you do some of your computing in a room that is impossible or cost-prohibitive to wire.

I have a 42" FP plasma in my bedroom (which, due to the screen developing a black bar down its center, will be replaced at some point) that I sometimes used as an alternate screen (for seriously wide-screen computing, as it also supports HDMI/720p). For 720p, wireless-N is plenty for nonshooter/non-MMO MP (and even MMO MP on small maps) - even low-band N; however, at 1080p and on busier maps and higher loads, wired IS better due to lack of lag.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:59

^ hopefully that'll change once the 802.11ac standard gets fully standardized and affordable
those are some good wifi speeds

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:19

and NETGEAR was first on that ^_^

#11 The Dark Knight

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:36

Wired, as far as possible. I hate wireless. :)

My desktops and laptops are all wired, only phones and tablets are wireless.

#12 Fish

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:44

My rule of thumb (it's quite obvious really): If it's static, it's wired. If it's portable, it's wireless.

Run the cables. Wired is always going to be better than wireless.

#13 Detection

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:54

Desktop & TV - Wired
Tablet, Laptop, Phone, Raspberry Pi - Wireless

#14 Fahim S.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:05

I use HomePlug wherever possible as I didn't put CAT5e/6 in the walls when I moved in (which in retrospect was a mistake), devices which move around (such as my laptop, tablet and smartphones) are on WiFi.
I find HomePlug much more reliable than WiFi.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:09

Desktop & TV - Wired
Tablet, Laptop, Phone, Raspberry Pi - Wireless


I thought the Raspberry Pi only had an ethernet connection. Unless you are using an adapter.