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need advice on router

Posted By: technically challenged on 2007-02-27
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Does anyone use 2 different computers for two different jobs and have a router to connect both to cable internet?  What do I need to get and is it easy to hook up?  Brands?  Computers are right next to each other if that matters.  Thanks for any and all help.

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Advice to YOU..1st learn to spell before insulting poster and trying to give advice...sm

Sound advice from a fellow MT if you want advice or support (sm)

I have been an MT for over 10 years.  I also am getting burnt out, tired of my job, day in day.  However, I do love transcription and make excellent money at it, have grossed over $50,000 per year the last 5 years.  I decided to go back to nursing school and am very happy with my choice.  However, over these 10 years of transcription I have had my ups and downs.  My biggest issue with being at home working is lack of socialization, being home day in and day out with just the kids and the animals really gets to a person, sure hubby is home at night and thinks working from home is the easy life, thus the return to school and boy has my overall enjoyment of life changed once I realized I was the problem, not everyone else and I needed to find myself again.

Anyway, my biggest advice to you three-fold:

1.  Get into counseling for yourself, find out who you are and what your needs are, whether or not you think you need to, I sense you are feeling overwhelmed and need someone other than your family to talk to that can be nonjudgmental to your feelings and needs.

2.  If you're only making $100 after you pay preschool you can either keep doing it and be miserable, or quit because you are lucky enough to have a husband who can support the family without your income. (See how fast his mind changes just by losing the income you do have as to whether your job means anything.)  Or look for a different company or office that you like more and are more productive if you really want to do transcription (lots of fish in the sea as far as companies).

3.  Find a local "mom's" group where you can get out and socialize.  MOPS (mother's of preschoolers) is an excellent one that is nationwide, they have a website.  Also Mom2Mom is in a lot of areas.  They provide a once a week time for moms with kids the same age to get together, socialize, (some offer spirtual guidance some don't) and each week a different mom takes a turn watching everyone else's children at the facility that hosts it so the other moms can talk about things they have in common.  Every stay-at-home and work-from-home mom needs to socialize with adults, without their kids, or they will have a nervous breakdown eventually no matter how much they love their kids.

Sorry so long but it does get better but you have to take the first step at making yourself happy.

you need a router
Get you a Linksys router. We have cable and have 5 computers on 1 router, all going at the same time. You plug the router into the modem and then you other line from the router to the computer.
I don't know why they told you you can't use a router. I would and I do! You can get a switch that will switch the keyboard, mouse, and monitor for about 20.00
You definitely can use a router if the router itself has ... SM
places for more than one computer to plug into. I have a LinkSys series, and mine has places for up to 4 computers. I just had to buy an extra ethernet cable (I got a colored one to connect to my 2nd computer) and connected this from the router to the 2nd computer. No problem whatsoever.
Yes you need a router. How this works is the internet connects to the router and then it acts like an extension cord and you can hook in multiple computers. I would recommend Lynksys. We have 5 on one router.

Then you need the KVM switch. You can buy one online for about 20.00 that also lets you switch the keyboard and mouse at the same time.
Not sure if it's from your router...sm
I am by no means intelligent when it comes to this stuff, but I have a linksys router and have used both a VPN and Citrix to work with no problem. If you are able to connect to the internet, the cause may not be your router. I know that doesn't really help you though. I'm sorry! Maybe contact Citrix? and tech support for the VPN? They may know if it could be caused by your router.
I think is the router because...
I am having to take it out of the equation when I am working. Then I have no problem connecting. I may have to call Linksys again, I just thought there might be someone with a similar setup who could shed some light
router help
I need to get a new router. My 2-year-old Linksys router crashes at least twice a day. Customer service is no good, since they want $30 to open a service call (it's past the warranty period). What type of router should I get? Should I get a wireless or wired? What brand name do you like? Thanks - you guys are the best and I trust your opinions!
I was told by my provider that my main email could only be on one computer. Call your provider.
You would need a router.

Need a KVM plus router

K(eyboard)V(ideo)M(ouse) switch lets you share those three devices across 2 (or more) PCs, using a hotkey or a button on the KVM to toggle which one is active.  Best Buy* has them for $35 or so.

You need a router to share the DSL connection.  There are options for hardwired only or hardwired with wireless -- so if you want to have your primary work machines connected with an ethernet cable, but also have the ability to have your (your kids, your guests, etc.) laptops connect to the internet using wireless.

Again, Best Buy has routers -- price depends on options per above, also have tech support to help you configure for your DSL provider.

*Not endorsing Best Buy specifically;  any local computer store or national electronics chain should be able to provide.  You could probably shout out "Anybody here a hardcore gamer?" in a local mall and get help configuring the router from the first teenager who replies....

Best Router?

I need to get a new router (not wireless).  Does anyone know of a good one?  I don't want to spend any more than I need to but would rather spend a bit more if it makes a big difference in the quality.


It could be a router if you have one. Mine went bad. sm
I also have Comcast. I use a broadband router also. If you do also, you might have to unplug a few times and if it still goes on and off, you need a new one.

I got a new one and it has been fine ever since.

wireless.. do you have a router
I have wireless in my house too, but I work off of the main computer where the router or hub is connected to the cable. I have tried working on the other computers in the house connected to wireless and it is tramendously slower, obviously because takes time for the signal. I would try to connect your work computer directly to the router. DQS downloads superfast normally. I have found a delay in sound and keyboard with wireless.
phones through router
I have Vonage (see above) and I have a C-phone connected to my phone line on the Vonage router box, but I still have regular phone lines connecting my home phone, so basically 2 different phone numbers, 2 different services.
it would still have to recognize your router
somehow. It cannot be a "mind reader" so to speak. I still think it would need to have access to your router to work. sorry. just my opinion.
Wireless router

When you use a laptop or desktop computer for that matter, and a "wireless" router is involved, you still have to hook up an ethernet cable from your computer to the router in order to be able to get a signal.

On a laptop computer, there is a slot for a wireless PC card, which you can get through Sprint and Verizon and possiby other cellular carriers. The card works in much the same way and has the same type of signal as a cell phone does and since I am out in the country for the time being, that is what I use.

Hope this helps.



wireless router
Not sure about that I do have a laptop, and have DSL with wireless router. Works good.
Router problem - sm
I had a similar problem when my two PCs were connected to the Internet by a router. The problem was the VPN - it required that I have a single separate connection, not a shared one. I had to get and pay for a separate IP address for that work PC.
Might need a more powerful router, but I don't know
another computer on a family network is downloading movies, games, and music, they will cause the router to knock the connection out, too. This happened to us all the time here, so kiddos are not allowed to download except when I'm not working. But at some point, I was told that we need a more powerful router to handle all the puter action here. NM
router problem, what I did.sm

We have a Netgear wireless router.  I hook my computer directly to the router but we have two computers upstairs on the wireless plus my husband has a laptop.  It worked fine for a while but then kept losing the signal.  We tried lots of fixes.  Finally I went to Best Buy and purchased these plug in signal boosters,  It plugs into an outlet on the wall and then into the computer.  You plug one in by the router, and into the router, the other one goes upstairs plugged into an outlet and into my son's computer and my other son is still on the wireless but has not had a problem since the booster is making the signal stronger.  It works great and there is no more of the maybe it will work, maybe it won't that seems to happen with wireless.  I love it.  Came two in a box for like 80.00.



wireless vs router

Any suggestions for anyone out there that uses more than one computer that is either wireless vs plug into a router.  I have three computers in my house that run off a plug into a router.  I am going to be starting for a local hospital from home and will need the internet and I have to use their computer.  I have so many wires going everywhere that I thought it might be easier to go wireless with all the computers or maybe just put the hospital computer on a plug in and the other three wireless.  I also have to have another computer that I do my two other Docs on the side, but cannot use the hospital computer to do this work, so I have to have that computer in the same room.  Any suggestions on the easiest plan for all four computers. Two of the computers are in different rooms and then I need the hospital computer and my other work computer in one room.  There are also only two outlets in this room, which makes it a little tricky when you have to plug all this stuff in.  I cannot use the hospital computer for any of my side work.


Thanks for any comments.

wireless vs router
I use a KVM switch for two of my computers, so 2 CPUs run off the same keyboard, monitor and mouse. Two KVMs on 2 computers each would help a lot. I also have another computer upstairs that I have connected to a wireless printer and my home PC is the server for the printer, and my linksys router is hooked to my DSL connection. Hope this helps.
I need to get a router - any suggestions?
I can't have my work computer wireless, but I also have a laptop that I would like to have wireless.  Don't know what to do.  If I get a wireless router is it possible to "plug in" my work computer directly and then have my laptop be wireless? Also don't know which brand to buy, Linksys, Netgear, etc. Any help or opinions would be appreciated.
router setup

i set up a router on my main computer to my son's computer.  i then set up the e-mail account on his to match the ones on mine.  now, my son's computer is getting all the e-mails and mine gets none.  How can i set it up so both computers get all the e-mails.


I use Sprint & have it through a router sm

My Sprint USB card is in my husband's PC, connected to a Linksys router and then to mine with Ethernet cables. You just have to run the internet connection sharing wizard on XP. I've been using this for almost 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. Also, Verizon has a cap on how much bandwidth you can use each month (5 GB) and you have to pay for overages. Sprint has unlimited usage for the same amount per month ($60). If you have any questions about it, I can give you the website where I purchased my equipment. My e-mail is pixie.chick@earthlink.net.

Absolutely....do it yourself. I have two on the router
i have kvm and router if anyone is interested.
you can e/m me. I'm wireless now and don't need them.
Regarding the router if your laptop is

WiFi compatible all you do is connect to the existing network.

There are lots of ways to connect with traveling.  As far as I know there are two air cards, Verizon and Sprint.  Neither card will always give you coverage.  Just like with a cell phone they each have their own coverage areas.  If you travel in the larger cities you should be good, but if you get in the mountains or in the out of the way places you might have limited to no service.

With an air card there is a one time charge, sometimes $200+ and then there is a monthly fee of about $60/mo.  They frequently offer deals with a free or discounted air card, but you have to sign up for a service plan, much like a 2-year committment on a cell phone plan. 

I've traveled extensively over the past 7 years and I always have a plan B as far as internet goes.  If you are able to download work and then work off-line then you might could do with finding a Starbucks, but if you have to work on-line and need broadband then you may be limited in your travels.  If you are staying in hotels you shouldn't have an issue, as most chains now have WiFi service.  If you are camping then things can get tricky.  Most campgrounds will have some type of service, but it may only be dial-up or WiFi restricted to a certain area, so it takes some planning. 

Sorry I meant router
Router question - sm
I'm running Windows 98 on the computer I work on.  I just purchased a Dell laptop  with Windows Vista but will mostly be using the desktop for my work.  I also purchased a D-Link wireless router, but it doesn't say it supports Windows 98.  Does anyone know if I'll still be able to run this or will I have to upgrade 98 to something else?
I use my DSL modem for my router. sm
I would think it would depend on whether you have cable or DSL. I have TDS Metrocom for my phone and Internet. When I went home to work I called to find out what I needed to look for in a router. He told me my DSL is a router and all I needed was an ethernet cord. I went to Radio Shack and bought a 25 foot ethernet cord to run from the router to my new work computer. I ran the cord from the back of my DSL modem to the ethernet port on the work computer and haven't had a problem yet.
You can also hardwire your N or G router sm
I have a Lynksys Wireless-N router hardwired because no matter what I did, the wireless receiver would not catch the signal from the router. The N version is supposed to be faster but beware, the wireless N receiver may or may not work with your computers. The wireless receiver was a waste of money and time for me and a major source of frustration for months.
i have a d-link wireless router with my
broadband service.  i have 3 computers at my house and 2 at my next door neighbors house all networked. it's very very simple to do.  whatever you do, make sure to password protect your network! 
I have a secure wireless router and
broadband service.  I use wav files so I'm not connected to a phone line.   being wireless, you're going to still be restricted to the signal strength anywhere you go kind of like using a cell phone but if you have a broadband connection on that mountain top with a wireless router connected to it, then your signal is coming from the router and not a tower that will have interference from trees, mountains etc.
My C-phone is plugged into my router.
You have to have a VoIP router in order for that to work. You can get one at WM or any office supply store. Good luck.
Wireless router setup sm
Does anyone have any experience with setting up a Linksys wireless broadband router? I have a cable hookup coming tomorrow and have had to buy a wireless router and another wireless setup for a second computer. I heard the cable company will install only one modem on one computer and I must make my home wireless for other computers. The "Geek Squad" at Best Buy in my area warned me that it would be wiser to pay them to come out than try to do it myself. E-mail me if you have experience doing this. The box looks self-explanatory but I'm a little hesitant. Thanks for any help.
None at all. Try resetting your router and see if that works! nm

best buys wireless router
they will set it up for you but they do charge to do it.  The one nice thing is that they now how to encrypt your files so no one can get into them.  They told me that some people want to install this themselves and don't think they have to worry about the security issue.  I will be getting a laptop and I want to do this also.  Hope this helps :)
We had this trouble with a Lynxus router,
and the cable company said the problem was probably the router. We replaced it with a Netgear router, and no more problems. It also has a longer range, so DH can use the laptop anywhere in the house now.
I like my TRENDnet wireless router....
I believe I got it online from either New Egg or Tiger.

I used to have a Linksys wired router....I'll never go back to a non-wireless. My Linksys crashed pretty much every other day, too. I don't need an extra wire cluttering things up.
I use a Belkin wireless router
for mine. Signal is strong from the router to the wireless too. It comes with instructions on how to hook it all up, pretty simple. Remember you have to set up BOTH computers when you do it (router to main PC, then USB card to the other). But I have broadband and not sure how it works with dail-up.

I don't understand why people use dial-up anymore or even DSL with limits. I have RoadRunner via Brighthouse and my entire cable/phone/internet package is $130/mo, and that's with HBO,Showtime,Cinemax. Unlimited calling and no restrictions on my internet usage. Now they offer to bump up your connection speed for a fee but I've never needed anything more than the basic connection.
Are you using a wireless router for networking or

do you actually have wireless internet?  We got a Wii last Christmas and I use a wireless router and we haven't had any problems at all. 

If you are using a router you may need to adjust the channel settings on it.  I think Nintendo recommends channel 11.  You can go to Nintendo.com and see if you can find a solution or Google it and if no help there call Nintendo.  Their customer service isn't in India. 

How do you use the wireless if you use a router between computers?
Can you take your router to relative's house to
With an air card your relatives don't need a router.

An air card pulls the signal from the air similar to a cell signal.  It is a type of internet the same as cable or DSL.  What you are needing is WiFi capability, to connect to an existing network.   If they don't already had a network setup maybe they have high-speed internet and you can just hook your computer to the modem, at least long enough to download. 

If relatives only have one computer they wouldn't need a router unless their computer was a laptop and they wanted to work in other rooms of the house. 

Your PC doesn't have to be on, but your modem and router do.

I think you either need to get a router that runs Win 98 or upgrade to XP nm
Router has hardware firewall that SM
needs to be configured, so it has that for extra security. Plugging modem directly into phone jack leaves you wide open to trojan horses, viruses, etc. I have NetGear, it is good. LinkSys is Walmart quality but adequate; we had a lot trouble with ours resetting during power surges so keep your ID handy and do not lose your manual.
I use a wireless router and use 3 comp on mine