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Sharing Broadband Connection in an Apartment

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Hello all,

I'll be moving into an apartment in a couple of weeks, and was hoping to use the router that I already own to share an internet connection among 3 computers, one in each bedroom. The apartment is brand new and is pre-wired for a high-speed connection, meaning that there is an ethernet jack in the living room and each bedroom. I already own the router and all of the other necessary hardware in each PC, so I guess my question is this: Will there be a way in which I can use the existing wiring setup in the apartment and my router to share the internet connection? If I need to clarify anything, please ask, as I've probably not done the best job explaining. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Danny Hammond
hammond@ku.edu
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It really depends on where the other ends of those cables on the jacks meet and what access you have to it.  Is there a "wiring closet" inside the individual apartment unit where cable/telephone service would terminate?

I somehow mentally picture this being a convenience extension of say like regular telephone or cable service where there are plugs but they all go back to a central "wiring closet" in the building somewhere and there might be a restriction by either the apartment management or the "preferred provider(s)" as to who and what can connect to the inplace wiring.  The router needs to be located relative to the inbound demark point and then cross connected to the built in wiring.

Unless there is a centralized point within the actual apartment unit you would have to check with the Apartment managers to see.  I do know that there are some setups out there were using the preferred provider eliminates the need for the router all together in a multi tenant environment.

Hope that helps and if you have more info just let me know.

ITsy
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Much like ITsy is saying, I'd recommend trying to get them to work without using your router first.  It could eliminate a point of failure and reduce the number of NATs being done on your data communications.  If you are only allowed one machine or only get one IP address, then go ahead and use your router and setup NAT to get you working.  
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Thanks for the help everyone...I think I just needed someone to confirm what I already knew. The other possibility I was hoping to possibly investigate would be a wireless network. I don't really know anybody who's used one...do they work pretty well? Is the cost worth it? Basically, I'm looking at an extra $25/month to hook up the two extra computers, so could anyone tell me what cost would be involved in setting up a wireless LAN for 3 comps?

Thanks again,

Danny

PS: Yes, it's plenty hot here...over 100 in the shade...I don't even go outside anymore...
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All you need is a wireless AP, and some wireless NICs (and possibly some PCI adapters).  Consumer level implementations are fairly reasonably priced.  I have one at home that I set up in bridge mode.  It's a Linksys WAP11.  If I were purchasing one now, I'd probably do some research before making a decision on a brand.  I'd look for reliability, ease of administration and security options as indicators.

Try searching http://www.cmp.com or google for reviews.  That should get you pointed in the right direction.

Good luck!
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Thanks Danny

Spent several summers in h*ll, then someone reminded me I was only in Wichita, h*ll was further up the road.  ;-)

Wireless networks are still reasonably new, but the consumer models should be relatively reliable.  The biggest factor is bucks and desire to tinker just a bit.  But if your comparing 25 dollars a month to wireless well it will be quite a few months at that rate to amortize the cost, but the flexibility can be worth it, let alone a much cleaner look.  I would say if you can afford it do it, if not then hold off till late in the year. Xmas sales ya know.

Good Luck on your new residence and hope you get that mini net up and running ok.  Otherwise, myself, mbruner, and many others are here to give a hand, just give us a question.

ITsy
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Weird.  I'm from Winfield, KS.  It's not necessarily UP the road, but...  =P
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