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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.com/product/357929/4_Port_Wireless_N__Ethernet_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?

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Wired on desktop and Wifi on Laptop

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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

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

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How good is the firmware?

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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

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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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^ hopefully that'll change once the 802.11ac standard gets fully standardized and affordable

those are some good wifi speeds

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and NETGEAR was first on that ^_^

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

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

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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.

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Desktop & TV - Wired

Tablet, Laptop, Phone, Raspberry Pi - Wireless

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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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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.

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

Yep, USB Wifi Adapter

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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.

Never heard of homeplug. Ill research it. Can it be bought locally?

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There is only 1 use for wifi, that is MOBILE devices. Or devices that just do not have a lan interface, If the device stays in one place - run a wire to that place!!

If your in a building where you can not run cable, you rent for example - then homeplugs would be better than wifi yes.

But if your home - run a wire!! Then put in a switch where you need to connect multiple devices. This is what I have running to my living room where my A/V cabinet it.

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+1 for homeplug much better than WiFi

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powerline adapters is another term, but homeplug is not a brandname

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HomePlug

https://www.homeplug.org/home/

yeah that link you provided to bestbuy is a homeplug/powerline adapter - connect to your router lan on one end, put a switch on the other end if you need multiple ports on the other end.

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powerline adapters is another term, but homeplug is not a brandname

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HomePlug

https://www.homeplug.org/home/

yeah that link you provided to bestbuy is a homeplug/powerline adapter - connect to your router lan on one end, put a switch on the other end if you need multiple ports on the other end.

Thanks. Notice most of them are singles. Have 3 devices that would need to plug into it (xbox, av receiver, Dish Hopper). So Ill hunt around.

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Wired desks where possible ,wireless for mobile devices . I am using a relatively cheap Rosewill EasyN400 , and havn't had a single glitch in over 2 years with it . I use it for hardware firwall and port forwarding etc. It is a surprisingly fully featured device , and easy to do firmware updates .

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I believe they are all going to be singles.. Don't think I have every seen one with built in switch.

You just connect a SWITCH to the powerline adapter if you need more ports.

Let me guess you never heard the term switch either ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_switch

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Buy a power line adapter set, and if you need more connections on the far end buy an inexpensive switch 4 port or more if needed.

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