Two wifi routers, two computers, an Xbox and lotsa headache!

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For the past two months I've been trying to get rid of these nasty green
Ethernet cables snaking their way from the living room to my home office
with the help of two wireless routers. My hair pulling during these past
months have made me partially bald, so my wife has requested that I
instead find someone who knows how to do this. So here I am. :(

Here's my setup...
Home office:
- 2 x desktop PCs with normal Ethernet ports.
- 1 x SMC barricade g, broadband wifi router (SMCWBR14T-G)
The two desktop PCs are connected to this router.

Living room:
- 1 x Xbox
- the ADSL modem from my DSL provider
- 3COM OfficeConnect wifi router, connected to the Xbox and ADSL modem

Other:
- I also got 2 laptops that needs to use the wifi network.

The 3COM router has worked fine, so I have a wifi network working that
connects all the computers to the internet via the ADSL modem. But I've
been using two Ethernet cables to go from the 3COM router in the living
room to the two computers in the home office. I'd like to get rid of
these two cables.

The solution I was suggested was to buy an extra wifi router, place
this in the home office with direct line of sight with the 3COM router,
and setup the same SSID on the two routers. The two home office
computers could then connect to this new router and the network via two
short Ethernet cables. No more cables between the living room and the
office, yeah! :D

Unfortunately, all the instructions that came with the SMC router are
practically useless as they assume that you're only going to use this
router as the main router that connects to your ADSL modem. So I can't
figure out how to do this setup. :huh:

Any suggestions?


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Re: Two wifi routers, two computers, an Xbox and lotsa headache!


elburro wrote:
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Upgrade to Wife 2 with Geek Option installed.

Re: Two wifi routers, two computers, an Xbox and lotsa headache!


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Either:
Single cat-5 cable with ethernet switch in office.
WiFi bridge in office, talking to 3Com WAP.

Lotsa good references, howtos on the subject. I'd burn some time
studying there,
so as to have some clues. Understanding is a real +

Ethernet cabling is pretty hard to mess up, unlikely to have
spontaneous configuration change. Were I planning to be there
for a few years or more, I'd look to snaking cat-5 to wall jack in
office, and put switch there.

J


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