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Old 10-23-2010, 07:10 PM
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Default Can you run 2 computers on 1 wireless port? 3?

My router has 4 cable connections and 1 wireless connection. I was surprise to discover that I can run 2 computers on this router with wireless connections. I thought the rule was, 1 computer per wireless connection. If I were to run 2 machines on that 1 wireless port, what are the downsides, other than slow speed, if the 2 machines are competing for resources at the same time? For low-volume use 9e.g. email and browsing), could I run 3 or 4 on the same connection?
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Old 10-24-2010, 07:21 AM
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U are not getting it right. Most routers have 4 LAN / ETHERNET PORTS for hard wiring devices to the router and 1 WAN / INTERNET PORT for your internet connection and this port is not wireless port but WAN- wide area network.

Depending on your router type and the ip address network u are running, most hme routers can accomodate upto 254 client users all at the same time.
Home routers can provide service either via the lan by using ethernet cables or via wireless.
Hope u get it right now.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:01 PM
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Default Thank you for the correction.

I had somewhere picked up the idea that that wireless port was for "one machine only".
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Old 10-24-2010, 06:47 PM
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your assumptions are wrong, atleast now u are better informed.
There is nothing like wireless port on a router, what u have is either a lan port for cable wiring of devices and a wan port for your internet connection from your isp.

wireless is just a connection type that all wireless routers posses.
note that there are some routers that aint wireless, so as a result wont be able to do wireless connections to devices.
wireless routers are able to do wireless connections bcos they act as AP's... access points to client users.

hope its clearer now.
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Old 11-16-2010, 06:47 AM
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You need a router with a Ethernet patch cord(not crossover) per computer. Either a 8 port router, a wireless router with a combination of wired and wireless that fits your needs, or a 4 port router and a 8 port hub or switch to expand your LAN. The two items below and a patch cable for each or wifi card and you will have a simple but effective LAN in a haft a day. With no head aches.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:16 PM
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If I were to run 2 machines on that 1 wireless port, what are the downsides, other than slow speed, if the 2 machines are competing for resources at the same time? For low-volume use 9e.g. email and browsing), could I run 3 or 4 on the same connection?
You are correct, on Wi-Fi only one station can talk at a time. There are no hard and fast rules, but generally, on 802.11g the thinking is 12 to 13 stations per Access Point are OK. YMMV.

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