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So my wireless router is downstairs. Mum won't let me run any cables up to my room so moving it ect. Is not and option.

The new Sky+ app allows you to use your iPhone as a remote. But there's a catch. You have to have an Ethernet from the sky+ box to your router.

Id also like to be able to transfer files between two pc's in my room through Ethernet. So I'd like some sort of mini network in my room.

Is there some sort of way where I can have a router (or something similar) in my room. I can connect all of my devices to that (wired and wirelessly). Then that router connects to my router downstairs to 1) receive an Internet connection which can then be passed on to the devices connected to it; and 2) extend my network so all of the devices can speak to each other no matter what router they are connected to?

Like I say, there can be no cable going up the stairs.

I am aware that I might not need another router in my room. I may need some sort of switch of bridge. However, I'm not exactly sure what they are.

The cheapest way possible please, unless there is no cheap way.


asked Nov 15 '12 at 10:30

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Buy a repeater with Ethernet ports. Search for repeater on amazon and you'll find a lot of options. They connect wirelessly to your existing router and allow you to extend signal and plug in Ethernet devices

answered Nov 15 '12 at 10:53

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Look for a Wireless Access Point that supports bridging. If your current WAP also supports bridging, then you can connect the two and it's just like plugging two switches into each other, minus the limitations of wifi. The ones with built-in routers generally have 4-6 Ethernet ports.

answered Nov 15 '12 at 10:59

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edited Nov 15 '12 at 11:00

I switch would be more Efficient on the Network, it keeps an iptable handy; a Hub is the lowest cost but it would send the data being transferred to all systems on the network causing net congestion. A Router is a " Layer 3 switch" and has an ip table for every node on the network. 802.11 a/b/g/n is the easiest way to go if possible.

answered Nov 15 '12 at 20:22

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if you want a cheap and extremely simple way, then you can use a powerline adapter (many start at around $30)

many even come prepaired so they are literally plug and play.

If you have an old router that you no longer use, then you can turn it into a wireless bridge if it has DD-WRT or tomato support http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/support/router-database

answered Nov 16 '12 at 01:31

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