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Best way to network an external home office to still be accessible from the home?

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We have just built a 4mtr X 4mtr home office at the back of our house. It sits on its own independent of the house approx. 6 meters from the back door of the house.

Currently I have a DSL 4 port router connected in the attic of our two storey house. I have a media server plugged into it in the attic and then I have 2 cables running to a room in the house where I have two windows computers plugged into it. On wifi I currently have an iMac as main machine, 1 macbook pro, 1 macbook air, 1 mac mini, 1 windows laptop, 2 iPhones, 1 iPad, 1 BlackBerry, 1 Android Phone, 1 HTC Flyer, 1 BlackBerry PlayBook, 1 Apple TV, 1 PS3 and 1 XBOX connected to the router for internet.

I would like to set up an Apple Extreme Base Station in the Home Office where the 2 windows machines, iMac and the windows laptop + phones and tablets will be. I would like to be able to set up two network printers in the office also and maybe set up another backup NAS/Server to incorporate everything but should I place the Base station in the attic of the house and run a cable out to a router in the office or should i run a cable from the current DSL router out to the apple base station and run a switch off the base station to connect all of the other devices. I'd prefer to run the iMac and 2 windows machines and server off ethernet as it's faster. The windows laptop is fine to run on wifi.

What is the best solution for the problem I have with a budget of €500 - €600
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if both areas have internet access you could set up a Virtual Private network. Log Me In does something similar to this.

There is a free one called Hamanchi, which will allow VPN over the internet for free. I don't know what the speed of it would be though. I've personally used in when setting up LAN games with friends over the internet basically putting me and my friend in another country on the same network

Hope this helps

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Thanks for answer but do you think I should place base station in attic or in external home office?

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Thanks for answer but I'd imagine there would be lag issues with the likes of that??
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So you mean cut out the base station completely? There is no issue running the cable from the house to the office. I have an electrical contractor wiring the office this week but he wants me to tell him the set up I want.
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