Wireless Home Project Part One: Introduction

By Dave

I am getting ready to move into a house with three floors, including the basement, and that means I won’t be as close to my wireless router as I currently am in my tiny two bedroom apartment. One of the things that bothers my wife the most is the Cat5e cable I have running around the apartment, and so she begged me to reduce the number of wires running everywhere before we moved into the house.

This is part one of an ongoing series for me, as I gear up to go as wireless as possible. I have a few things that need to be part of a network as well as connect to the Internet, and they include, my main work PC, my laptop, the Xbox 360, and our hulk of a machine that will soon be the multimedia box attached to the television.

The laptop is probably the easiest with the wireless card already built-in, but I am still stuck trying to figure out how I am going to cover the house with signal for it to access. Then there is what amounts to two PC’s and the gaming console (maybe two gaming consoles if I can snatch a Wii at some point).

I am still pretty new to Wireless. I got my first kicks with it when my cousin let me play with his laptop on a trip back to my families place for Christmas. He went to get gas, and while I waited in the car, I was able to connect to an open Wi-Fi signal, and e-mail the family that we were on our way, and I was also able to download the code for my website to be able to work on it during the two hour drive.

This made me pretty excited, but suffice to say, it isn’t always that easy in Canada to find a signal to connect to.

Please be understanding, as I might make a few mistakes or do things differently than you might have done. This is an experiment for me, and I hope to learn a lot. If you have any ideas or thoughts or helpful advice, please feel free to comment.

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