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Old 02-26-2006, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to set up an ethernet home network with two computers and they each have an RJ-45 port on the motherboard. One is a DFI LP UT nF3 250GB and the other motherboard I don't know but it is an emachines. My question is, do I need to buy an NIC card for einther of these computers or do I plug the CAT-5 cable into the RJ-45 ports on the motherboards?
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you should be able to plus in the CAT-5 cable into the motherboard, since it has a built-in ethernet port.
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Ok thanks.

I have another question though. Which would be a faster setup,
THIS router/modem combo thing, or THIS router used with my ISP's Westell ADSL modem.

I'm pretty sure that the Gaming router with the westell modem would be the faster combination but I just want to be sure. The router is more important than the modem for a fast connection right?
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the router just splits the connection to 4 computers, it doesnt boost speed, it just provides a free firewall.

I would go with the cheaper $80 D-Link, as people can steal your signal if you choose the wireless D-Link router.
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The DGL-4300 acually DOES boost your speed for at least for playing games.

http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=370&sec=4

Also, even if I got the wireless one I would use ethernet for it.
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The DGL-4300 acually DOES boost your speed for at least for playing games.

http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=370&sec=4

Also, even if I got the wireless one I would use ethernet for it.
The D-Link with it's advanced QOS features helps gamers who are on clogged networks. The only real difference you would see with this router vs other ones is if people are downloading alot of stuff (FTP, HTTP, Torents, ect). This is a nice feature, as until recently to get this feature you needed to look at very expensive routers worth half a thousand.

I would go with the D-Link "gaming" router between these two solutions. However usually I would go cisco, but you would have to buy used without the software, and you wouldnt be able to get one working

Also, you may need to enable bridge mode on your "modem" before you use it with your new router.
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Alright, I think I've narrowed it down to one these three routers,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127013

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127028

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127158

Which one should I get??? If the gaming router will be faster than the others I'll get it but if not then I'll go with one of the less expensive ones. Remember I only have 2 computers with low internet traffic, not a congested network at all! Someone help me!!
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