If you want to use more than one computer online at the same time, you’ll need a router – make sure it has NAT/IP sharing capability and you’ll be okay. Expect to pay around NT$2000 for four ports (plus or minus depending on the brand and features). You might also want to have some firewall features; I’m not sure if they all have that, but just having a router between yourself & the internet makes you much less likely to get hacked due to your computer’s IP being hidden from the world (i.e. they only see that of your router). I used to use a D-Link704 (think it was close to NT$4000), and would recommend it although I couldn’t get voice chat to work with it due to its port filtering. The only way was to open all the ports, which is less safe (& I think I STILL couldn’t use voice chat). I heard somewhere that was due to Chunghua Telecom, but I also had the problem when we had a cable modem last year (all connected to the Chunghua network at some point, Isuppose, sigh).
I got a Buffalo wireless router (Airstation G54) a couple of months ago and think that it was around NT$6000. You can get cheaper ones that are 11Mbps for around NT$5,000. If you have ADSL your max data rates are 512Kbps/64Kbps upload/download (or 64KBps/8KBps); which means with an 11Mbps (~1400MBps) wireless router you have 20 times the capacity you need! But the 54Mbps can theoretically speed up backups to multiple wirelessly connected notebooks at home. I think that the wireless routers support many users online at the same time (maybe up to 254?). SOMEBODY PLS. VERIFY THAT.
Which brings up another point: the router has 4 ports where you can plug direct network cables, which is how I have my PC connected. Those wired connections are 100Mbps. But if your phone jack is in your living room & you don’t want to run wires to your PC in the bedroom, you can also get a wireless card (or external USB box) for your PC.
A wireless LAN card for your notebook (PCMCIA or external USB) will be about NT$1500 (closer to NT$2000 for USB).
Option #1 ~NT$5500
If you have a notebook, I’d recommend you get a wireless router for around NT$4000 and wireless PCMCIA card for around NT$1500 (so you can get online when you’re out and about: forumosa.com/3/viewtopic.php?t=7739 (Thanks Feiren!)
I like Buffulo bec. they have instructions in English (thanks again Feiren!).
Of course you can go the cheaper route with option #2.
Option #2 ~NT$3000
If you just have 1 PC at home and you don’t mind wires, I’d recommend a regular 4-port router with NAT/IP sharing for around NT$3000, plus a NT$100 - NT$300 depending on the length of the cable.
Note: Again, prices will be slightly cheaper at Bade Lu or Nova, & also cheaper for lesser known brands. I just saw some prices in DM’s
o EDIMAX BR-6104 NT$1800 www.3cnet.com.tw
Wireless 4 port 10/100 switching hub w/NAT (IP Sharing)
o Lemel LM-RTW030/LM-WLC030 NT$3990 www.tkec.com.tw
Includes a PCMCIA card!
This ad’s all in Chinese so I don’t know details
o Just checked at 3C (tkec) & the 54 Mbps Buffalo Router is $4500, Buffalo PCMCIA $2000 -> $6500
(don’t buy them together or it’s $6800!
Disclaimer: I’m just guessing, but probably one of the early signs that your radarscope is wearing out is something I call “image fuzz-out.”
But I’ve never even seen a radarscope, so I wouldn’t totally go by what I’ve just said here. <>