Hi, I am told by a (major vendor) salesperson that, of his various brands and offerings of wireless routers, that there is no equipment that he can provide to meet my needs, and he carries all of the major brands of wireless equipment.
I do not have DSL or CABLE internet access. I need to connect computers on the first and second floor in the house, and that's it! The saleman tells me that unless there is DSL or CABLE internet access, that there aren't any wireless routers that will work.
I have a Windows XP machine downstairs, and it has a modem in it, and that's what connects to the internet. It can serve up DHCP and even pass-through on ports Ok, and I have on the first floor a hub and a couple of ethernet connections (100-base T) to machines that get to the internet fine.
What I need to be able to do is connect a couple of computers on the second floor without wiring. The idea was a wireless router on the second floor and a wireless NIC in the first floor office machine to take care of it. But, apparently, I mean, is this true? Is there no hub-like wireless equipment? I want machines on the second floor to be able to access the XP machine downstairs in the same networked way.
Thanks very much in advance. If you know of something nice combo of inexpenisve/easy to setup stuff to do this, suggestions also appreciated! I'm on a tight budget.
I am very surprised that routers cannot act like hubs in this case, too. I have an 100 Mbs/s D-Link that I can make act like a stupid hub, and have done so, but also, I have used it as a router.