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KotNet: home networks - sharing KotNet among several computers?

If the connection to KotNet is shared among several computers, there are two options for setting up a network (possibly combined):

  • traditional wired network using a switch, hub or router
  • wireless network

The table below provides a brief summary with the main advantages and disadvantages of each system. As can be seen from this overview, despite the rapid growth of wireless networks, a traditional wired network still offers a number of advantages.

  wiring wireless
installation

cables need to be run through the house, possibly through walls

simple, no need to run cables through your house
configuration easy to configure
troubleshooting is relatively simple
more complex to configure
costs cheap more expensive (but most modern laptops come with wireless networking built in)
reliability high

reasonable
depends on external factors
such as building characteristics (reinforced concrete, microwaves , lifts, steel cupboards etc)

compatibility problems between cards and transmitters supplied by different manufacturers.

performance very good
a wired network is generally faster than a wireless one
reasonable
security reasonable

risk of “eavesdropping”, minimal security measures have to implemented (wepkey, or preferably WPA)

mobility limited excellent

ICTS does not provide support for home networks; in other words, ICTS does not install cables or connectors, measure cables, conduct on-site visits, or test the reach of wireless networks. Given the wide diversity of installations and configurations, particularly for wireless technology, assistance is limited to guidelines.

For instance, this page contains information that may be useful when configuring or troubleshooting a home network..

For more information on configuring and troubleshooting wired home networks, click here

For more information about on wireless home networks and their settings, click here