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Master Geek

Topic # 17219 17-Nov-2007 16:19
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I'm changing LAN to wireless: primarily so I can run a Squeezebox downstairs at the stereo.

It seems I have 2 options:

1. Just add a wireless router by cable to existing ADSL modem/router (cheaper)
2. Replace existing ADSL modem/router with a new generation ADSL+2 modem/wireless router (more expensive +$40-50)

I currently have a Nokia M1122 that hasn't missed a beat since I put it in. I'm 4km from the nearest exchange and my connection speed is normally around (just over) 1Mbit/sec.

My question is:

Is there any advantage for me in upgrading to an ADSL+2 modem - or is the m1122 already giving me the best speed I'm likely to get?

Know nothing about wireless LAN's. What are the biggest "gotcha's"?

Thanks for help


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Master Geek

  Reply # 96434 22-Nov-2007 17:50
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If you take a look at this it'll give you an idea of speed vs line length -

You'll see that at 4km, adsl2+ is of no advantage.

From what I have heard Nokia M1122 routers are nothing short of good/decent, so may be best to stick with that on a long line.

As far as wifi goes, security is the main "gotcha". You dont want any old person in range connecting to your network and using your internet. WPA is best and uses easy to remember pass phrases, most newer stuff supports it. WEP is ok, but it involves entering long keys.

Out of the box most (if not all) wifi access points have no security enabled, this maximises the chances of getting your new access point going when you get home.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 96457 22-Nov-2007 20:15
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Thanks for that reply Lonney.
Fortunately, that is what I have decided to do and your very useful graph confirms the wisdom (in my case "luck") of choosing this path.
Thanks for the info on WiFi security which is very timely as I'll be setting up the access point tomorrow.


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Master Geek

  Reply # 96467 22-Nov-2007 20:50
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No probs, hope it goes to plan :)

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