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Windows 7: Hypothetical Question on Routers and Switches

07 May 2015   #11

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07 May 2015   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

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Mostly the wait time before printing starts. She uses a Wi-Fi connection to the Router. She thinks things should work faster, just gets impatient, probably remembers when we had dial-up with Win98SE and ICS for our 2 computers.
My printer is connected via Wi-Fi but most of its delay is due to the printer itself needing some warm up time. I get around that by pulling out the media tray and pushing it back in to wake it out of standby mode. Since I mostly print 3x5 cards, I have to pull it out anyway to load the manual feed so I just make sure I do that first. Once warmed up, there isn't that much of a delay. My network right now (and for some time to come) consists of the computer and the printer connected to the router wirelessly and a TV tuner connected to the router via Ethernet.

When I first got cable internet, I had the contracted installers put the modem and the router on a shelf in the linen closet in my bathroom because there wasn't room for them where the computer is and they would have looked like...they would have looked bad. The contractors didn't know their backsides from a hole in the ground and dis a sloppy installation job inside but I didn't push it since it was out of sight. I made them bury the cable deep enough outside. I also made them run the cable inside the skirting and siding of my mobile home instead of on the outside like they wanted to do. I had to help because they didn't even have a fish tape (I do).

When my router finally started giving up the ghost earlier this year, I replaced the modem and router, and the Wi-Fi adapter on the computer. I also cleaned up the cables. They were too long and the data tap and splitter were just hanging in the breeze. I was able to make more room on the shelf so I can install one or two TV tuners.

A few weeks ago, I upgraded my TV antenna system. The old (ok, ancient) directional TV antenna got replaced with an amplified omnidirectional antenna (it looks like a flying saucer hovering over the roof). I ran new RG6 cable (black to distinguish it from internet cable) to replace the 20 year old RG59. I had to split the line so one part ran to the TV on one side of the house and the other to the linen closet on the other side of the house. I was able to hide it inside the walls or under the sheet metal trim at the top of the wall so only the downlead from the antenna and the splitter show. The splitter had to be the kid that would pass DC so power could get to the antenna amplifier (because of that, I had to put a DC blocker on the line going to the TV).

I temporarily installed a TV tuner that connects to the router via Ethernet yesterday and I'm learning how to use it with Windows Media Center. So far, so good. Once I'm confident the tuner will work out, I'm going to get a second one, add another splitter (it may need to be amplified; I'll cross that bridge when I get there) and permanently install them on the left hand wall.

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Some day, I may be able to locate my router near my printer, scanners, and TV tuners, which is why I'm asking all these questions.

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