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Hi,

I have a Broadband DSL Router with 4 port ethernet switch and modem built in.  I have 2 computers connected to it currently.  However I am investing in a furthere PC for another room in the house that would be very hard to wire for a network from the existing router.

My question is what is the best way to go about making the new PC connected to the network wirelessly while still keeping my other 2 PCs wired?  I know about getting a PCI Card or other style of wireless device for the PC but what about conection into the router?  Is there a wireless device/ariel that plugs into a RJ-45 port?  Or a cheaper way - money is a factor!

Thanks,

Mark
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I'd just replace the router with a Wireless capable router - they are only $25 or so, cheaper than most any kind of adapter you might get to convert wired to wireless.
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by:tip2tail
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Ahhhh, $25 sounds good!  If only I lived in the US!

Here in the UK they are considerably more expensive I have been told.  Mind you is there a device that is the same as my current one (1 RJ11 port, 4xRJ-45 ports, router with DSL modem built in) that also has the wireless in it - so i could connect 4wired and however many wireless to it?

Mark
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Lee W, MVP earned 60 total points
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Most wireless routers have a low Maximum of 32 wireless devices.  Some go as high as 254.

Two other suggestions:

Ebay
http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/networking/wireless-access-points/187248/prices

And I'm fairly certain if you look for sales you can probably get it cheaper.
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by:tip2tail
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Thanks, thats exactly what I was looking for!

On a side note: whats better for the PC itselft? USB or PCI wireless lan device?

Mark
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Personally, I'm not a fan of USB wireless.  In THEORY, speeds should match, but I PERSONALLY would get the internal PCI card.
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