Connect a network wirelessly across a room?

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2010-04-24
Hey there Experts!

I apologize in advance if this ends up being a really simple question to answer.  My brain has been fried from some personal things lately and I don't have the brain power for this one right now.

I have broadband internet through Comcast at home (along with TV and phone).  There is a nice size alcove in our living room where I had planned on putting our computer desk, printer, etc.  However the only coaxial connection is in the front of the living room (where the TV is) and I do not really want to run 50+ feet of cabling around the base of the room to reach back to the alcove so as to hook up our printer and other computer (we have a laser jet that was networked at our last place).

I am trying to figure out if I were to put a router with wireless by the TV where the cable modem is right now if there is anyway to setup some other device in the alcove to allow devices on that side hooked up to a switch or something to connect back.  I hate the idea of having to run around just to print something and my girlfriend really doesn't want a bunch of computer "stuff" at the front of the room by the TV.

Does any of this make any sense?  If it does and you can provide any insight or help please respond.  I am awarding max points (500) because I really need to get my printer hooked up soon and want to get that alcove finished up now that every other room is done since moving in.  Thanks!!
Question by:parkridgelibrary
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    Accepted Solution

    You could do this with a couple of Access Points that can operate as a bridge, such as the linksys WAP54g.  At your Alcove end, you need a switch to plug all of your ethernet devices into and the Bridge. At the TV end, you would need a router, either wired or wireless (wireless if you will be using wireless laptops etc).
    The second Bridge will plug into a Lan port on the router.


    Author Comment

    Thanks jekl2000!!  That makes perfect sense and should be pretty easy to do.  :)

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