8.1 just for fun

TechnoMage

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Oh, I have several routers. The main one is included with the Hughes.net satellite Modem. It's protected by a password.
#2 is an Intellinet Router that I use when I want to use an Open WiFi. And, it gives me several more ports for my LAN cables, that run throughout my house.
Numbers three thru five are currently inactive, and saved for Backups if ever needed for me or my friends.
I sort of understand what you're saying, but I've never found the need to set up a Home "Network".

If I ever have the need to move/copy a file from PC to PC, I just copy the file to a Flash Drive and then walk it to the receiving PC. It's not failed me yet. lol I call that my "Sneaker Net".
 

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I used "Sneaker Net" before networking, not so much since. I personally find networking to be very useful. I can share files, my laser printer and most importantly, I can access my media server from any TV in my house as well as any place in the world that has an internet connection. I can access my media files from any of my desktop or laptop computers, tablets or phones.

I only have one router, don't see any need for additional since the one I have does everything I need it to do.

How do you like your Hughes satellite setup? I had that years ago, first go around the download link was via satellite but the upload link was via 56K modem! Later, Hughes came out with a system with satellite up and down links. I always hated both of those Hughes systems but we lived out in a rural area and didn't have many options. Do they still have their FAP (Fair Access Policy)? It was an algorithm that decided if you were using too much bandwidth and, if it decided you were, it cut your download speed to about 1200 baud for hours until it decided to slowly increase your bandwidth again. It really sucked.
 

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TechnoMage

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Hughes.Net is all up and down now, with a Telephone Option (VOIP). I don't remember exactly the MBPS download speed that I'm actually paying for, but I know I don't get anywhere close to that. I'm sure they could do better.
The Hughes Modem has built in WiFi, but it has very limited number of LAN ports. So I run a second router, to give me more LAN ports and an extra WiFi connection. At one time, I ran an additional Linksys router, with an outside antenna, so I could supply Internet to a good friend and neighbor. That worked pretty good, considering he was over 500' away.

I liked the old Linksys routers with the removable antennas, because I could replace the little short antennas with much taller 9db gain antennas.
7dbGain.jpg
My Netbook, with a WiFi device and 7db gain antenna.

16dbGainYagi.jpg
My 14db gain, outside WiFi antenna.

Both of the above are no longer in use. But I still have them.
 

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    Acer X-1200
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    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
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    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
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    24" Acer
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    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
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    Logitech Wireless
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    5 Meg
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    Firefox
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I have one of those wifi adapters with the high gain antenna somewhere but never used it much. The antenna was just something that got in the way and, in practical use, never gave me improved performance that I could actually notice. I prefer the tiny little dongles, they worked great for me and were practically invisible other than the fact that they used one of the available USB ports.

I only have 1 router but use multiple network switches to provide enough ethernet ports for all the computers and other devices I have attached to my network. Also only need a single wifi connection since it can support multiple simultaneous connections. Our house is wired so that most rooms have an ethernet port which helps with connecting things to the network.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built i7-8700K, Hp Envy x360 EVO Laptop, MS Surface Pro 7
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 11th Gen Core i7-1165G7 4.7Ghz, 10th Gen Core™ i5-1035G4 1.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, HP, MS
    Memory
    16G, 8G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon RX580, Intel Iris X Graphics, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual Samsung U32J59 32 inch monitors, 13.3" display, 12.3" display
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160 (Desktop), 1920x1080 (laptop), 2736x1824 Pro 7
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data (Desktop), 512GB ssd (laptop), 128GB SSD (tablet)
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    665Mbps/15Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox, MS Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender on all
    Other Info
    Retired in 2015 after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant. Retired for 3rd (and final) time in 2019.
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