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I am a home user and need to connect 3 laptops and 2 desktops. What would be best for me.

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Hi Friend,
Since u are home user, the best u can use a router with more ports(5 port or 8port).
My decision is to use a router because,if u are using a switch then there will be a broadcast around ur 5 system,but in Routers there is no broadcast.Due to this broadcast, in the Switches we will have regular problems in the speed of internet connection.

The main problem in some cases the switch will be getting jammed and it will be got hanged all of sudden,but in routers we dont have this problem

The best router of 5 or 8 port is as follows

1.Model Name:Cisco Linksys EtherFast Cable/DSL Router with 8 Port Switch
Price:$72 to $100

2.Model Name:Netgear FVG318NA Prosafe 802.11G Wireless VPN Firewall
Price :$113 to $130

3.Model Name:D-LINK Systems DIR-130 Broadband VPN Router
Price :$85 to $119

U can all the model in the below link provided

http://www.nextag.com/8-port-router


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Ayyasam


Posted on May 30, 2009

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Get an 8 port Switch.

if the 3 laptops have Wi-Fi then you can get Wireless Router (Cisco/dlink) instead which has 4 normal ports which can be used to connect to the desktops.

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For your type of varity the ideal harware would be a router. Preferably netgear.

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A new router is just one piece of the network. The components work with one another and depend on ALL the components working in harmony, you might say. One piece will not guarantee improvement in a network. Do more research, what are the Network adapters connecting? What is my ISP speed, remember, your speed will differ, sometime greatly for advertised ISP speeds. The factors are infinite, unknown, and sometimes out of your control. That said if you are using a 802.11 N or AC Wireless in your Home Network, depending on the Computer, Printer, etc. Network Adapters, etc. I use 3 different Access Points, 2 Linksys wrt54g's, 1 wrt160n , all with different SSID's and channels, connecting to 2 printers 2 Laptops, 2 desktops, iPad, Smart HDTV/Netflix, Phone, all work quite well. As I move about the devices will switch to the best signal. Remember the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". But I always try, with different levels of success . You may learn a new way not to do something, I do. Some people call it a mistake.

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Getting the most out of a Home Network


A wired connection is still the best way to get maximum download and upload speeds because your computer is directly connected to your gateway/router via an Ethernet cable. While this method offers consistent speed, it might not be convenient running multiple PCs and Laptops with a wire in your home.

Improving your wireless connections:

1. Do not use wireless connections where it is not needed or not important.
Devices that are not moved frequently such as a printer or a desktop PC can use the ethernet cable to minimize traffic in the wireless connection. Some home users use a wireless adapter for their desktop PC to connect wirelessly which I think is irrelevant not unless your desktop PC is really far from the router. Most routers provide 4 ethernet ports which you can use for the printer and desktop PC.

2. Make sure that your Wireless Network has WEP/WPA enabled.
All routers are equipped with security features that can provide passwords to your network. A secure network is less susceptible to unathorized use of your network. The more users use your network, the slower it becomes.

Sample video on how to secure your network using a LinkSys Router:



3. Get a better range.
Depending on how your home is designed, your wireless gateway may not be able to reach certain parts of the home, but you may be able to improve access to those trouble spots. There are several companies that have developed wireless repeaters (sometimes called a signal booster), devices that can pick up the signal from your router and extend that signal to other parts of the house. It should be noted that any repeater has its own limitations and the greater your distance from the repeater the weaker your signal and the slower your speed will be.

4. Change your wireless channel to reduce interference.
You may experience weak or dropped signals if a cordless phone or any other electronic device and your wireless router share the same frequency channel. A potential fix for this issue is to change the channel, thereby reducing frequency interference. The wireless channel can be can be accessed in the wireless settings of your routers interface. Channels to choose from are Channels 1 to 11. This should be done in a trial and error method, choose whatever channel delivers the most speed.

Sample video on how to change the wireless channel on a Zoom Router:




5. Make sure that you are running the latest firmware and driver updates.
One of the easiest steps to improve your connection speed is to make sure you are running the latest software updates for your wireless adapter. If you are, the next step would be to check if your network card has been updated with the latest drivers. To confirm that you have the latest drivers available, go to the wireless card manufacturer's website and look for a Support and/or Driver link. If you have a built in wireless client (one that cannot be removed from your PC), check to see if your PC manufacturer has issued any updates.

The above tips has greatly improved our home network which consists of a Prolink router, 2 netbooks, 1 laptop, 1 desktop pc, 1 printer and an occasional use of mobile phones to connect to the internet.

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If u have the switch
for the three desktop OK
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