Wireless Internet access at home

I’m tired of sitting at my desk at home to use the computer and would prefer the couch in the living room. Plus, it would be great if my wife and I could both surf the Net at the same time (modern love).

So. . .

What are the pros and cons of setting up a wireless connection at home (instead of the highspeed connection I’ve got presently through Chunghwa)? Please explain in plain English; I’m no techie.

Is the connection just as fast, reliable, dependable through wireless?

No problem for the two of us to use it simultaneously?

What do I need to buy and how much will it cost?

Thanks.

You will normally keep your connection to CHT and either change the ADSL modem or add a wireless router, see below.

However there is on important thing to clarify: Does your laptop or PC have built-in wireless? If yes, what standard (802.11b/g/n)?

If you don’t have built-in wireless you need to get a wireless receiver, too, either as USB stick or PCMCIA / PC-Card (the latter is typically only supported by laptops/notebooks). See here under “Works with”.

It may be slower but for web-surfing and email it should be fast enough; when you want to download “modern love” movies you may want to use a wired connection.
Reliability depends on the signal strength / quality, if you are close to the router (within your average apartment) it should be ok.

No problem.

Two options:

  1. You can either ask CHT to replace your current ADSL modem with one that has built-in wireless and they will charge you a monthly fee. The router also has the cable connection, so you can always change back to that.
    See this overview, but note that you should get the modem from CHT.

  2. Buy a wireless router yourself and connect it to the CHT modem via cable (see here how it’s done). You will probably need some help to set it up / configure, but it’s yours and thus there is no more cost. Observe the standard (802.11?) - router and PC/laptop need to match. Price starts around NTD2500.

(Ignore the network attached storage (NAS) in the diagrams, it probably doesn’t apply to you.)

Thanks a lot. That’s helpful. I guess I’ll inquire with CHT first (seems easier), or hopefully convince my wife to do so. If not, I’ll take route b.

MT, I can’t believe you have not gone wireless yet! I thought everyone had. You’re living in the dark ages, mate!!! :slight_smile:

It’s a true godsend, being able to bring your laptop onto the balcony with a cup of coffee and surf the web.

My husband and I have our own laptops, so we can simultaneously get onto the internet (aw, isn’t that cute.)

There are no cons to wireless. :sunglasses:

Cons:

when you’re downloading big files like illegal mp3s, videos (read: porn), you want a wired connection.

also, wireless may give your brain pain. this may be especially true for infants. don’t use the cellphone around the house too.

/partial-sarcasm

[quote=“Jack Burton”]Cons:

when you’re downloading big files like illegal mp3s, videos (read: porn), you want a wired connection.

also, wireless may give your brain pain. this may be especially true for infants. don’t use the cellphone around the house too.

/partial-sarcasm[/quote]

Actually, the most important con of wi-fi is security (or more precisely a lack of it). Make sure you set up some decent security on it. By that, I mean look into setting up a WPA password (really easy to do). The default will either be no password, or a really obvious one. You need to change that toute suite.

Thanks a lot. You were right, I was living in the dark ages and it was a piece of cake entering the 21st century. Just called CHT, they sent a guy over and had it hooked up in minutes. Cheap too. I think something like NT$20/month.

So, here I am in the living room, screwing around on the Internet in a comfortable chair with some good tunes. Life’s good. :slight_smile:

I also know nothing about wireless. Wonder if you guys can help with these variables.

I have a desktop on my 3rd floor study.

I want to get an eeePC (4G) and be able to use it down in the 1st floor living room.

I’m getting an upgrade to fibre optic soon, so will have a new modem.

Sound doable? Can I still run the PC wired and have wireless for the eeePC? Will the wireless reach downstairs OK? And will Telecom be able to set this all up fro me when they install the fibre optic?

Brian

[quote=“Bu Lai En”]I also know nothing about wireless. Wonder if you guys can help with these variables.

I have a desktop on my 3rd floor study.

I want to get an eeePC (4G) and be able to use it down in the 1st floor living room.

I’m getting an upgrade to fibre optic soon, so will have a new modem.

Sound doable? Can I still run the PC wired and have wireless for the eeePC? [/quote]
Yes, you can run both simultaenously.

Hard to say as it depends on the building materials and layout of the house.

Dunno about the new modem, i.e. if that supports wireless or not. If it doesn’t you need an additional wireless router that connects to the modem (which then needs at least two ports, one for your PC and one for the wireless device) like I described in the post above as option #2.
You could ask CHT beforehand, if they offer a solution they should be able to set it up for you, too.

[quote=“irishstu”]
Actually, the most important con of wi-fi is security (or more precisely a lack of it). Make sure you set up some decent security on it. By that, I mean look into setting up a WPA password (really easy to do). The default will either be no password, or a really obvious one. You need to change that toute suite.[/quote]

Arrrgghhhh!! I’ve been browsing the forums looking for other stuff and got caught up in researching download speeds etc.
I’ve had the same wireless Hinet ZhongHua 8M/1M for the last 3 years and my download speeds suck balls bigtime! Every now and then I’ll get a torrent zip through at 200kb/s but most of the time it’s less than a 100.

Sorry I digress … my point is that I have only ever had the hinet username and password as far as I know and does that mean that someone could be using my wireless? My mate was here once and couldn’t use his laptop without my hinet details so I presumed all was hunky dory, was I badly mistaken?

Call me stoopid but why the need for a wire connection when downloading “love” movies?