Seeking Hardware purchase advice..........
Posted on 2006-04-12
I'm looking for a wireless/wired device recommendation.
I have a home wireless challenge.
Please feel free to ask for additional information if you don’t' understand my environment/predicament, etc.
I'm seeking a wall plug device to complement my netgear XE102 Wall-Plugged Ethernet Bridge. In brief the device does a nice job (of expanding a network over ones electrical outlets .......I've been using it about 30 days......no problems yet that is). It plugs into a router (in my case a D-link 614+ B, wireless broadband router with 1 Wan and 4 LAN ports).
The Netgear device is designed to simply support another Netgear (of course) wireless or wired device also plugged into an electrical outlet in the same home, to expand the network. The problem is that the device (wired) only provides ONE Ethernet port, or in the case of the wireless wall adapter model......none.
Soooooooooo, if a user (non geek........of course), loses wireless connectivity provided by the wireless version.....they have no recourse to reconnect. REMEMBER..........they are "users" not IT people.
Until yours truly arrives.
If the wired version is used......the laptop user can't move around unimpeded, without disconnecting and being learned enough to know how to hopefully successfully connect to the established wireless connection point (the D-link wireless router) downstairs. Yes, yes I know, one can leave both wired and wireless networking connections on in Windows, and if one is using the wired version. Windows will ..........eventually.......find the "wireless" network SSID. But .........again.........this is a "user". Not an IT professional. 5 seconds of no connectivity renders a call to the helpdesk...............ME, and in all honesty. They need to keep working (she.......my sister works from home.)
The environment is the typical home office room, but...........with at least a desktop and laptop station (with a probable printer). So, if the user is "home alone", loses wireless network connectivity, I need them to be able to simply pull out their Ethernet cord and plug in.
Yes, yes, yes........I know and already have put a switch into the loop. But that has required another wire, another power adapter, etc. I'm trying to keep it cleaner, simpler.
Does anyone have a SPECIFIC product recommendation?
I'd like a SINGLE..........device to plug into another outlet in another part of the house that will provide BOTH wireless and wired connectivity options with at LEAST THREE ETHERNET (USB port would be nice as a bonus.... but not necessasary) Ethernet ports.
The reason......on the occasion when the user (my non geek sister) experiences wireless networking problems, I need her to be able to immediately be able to plug into an Ethernet port and get back online.