So before I go any further, I'd like all of you to know I'm a dummy at this. So when you type out your response, please dumb it down so I can understand everything. With that being said, I'm not too sure how to set up ethernet. I've identified the ethernet jack in my room, but how do I go at connecting my computer?
Would I just plug in my ethernet cable, and connect my computer to it? I've read many things about this, but I understand peanuts about this sort of stuff.
In case hardware is something which comes to play, my router is a SMC-SMCD3GN router. My modem is a linksys (I'm on vacation atm, so I don't know which one it is, but it is a VOIP box essentially).
It depends on how that ethernet port is wired, a lot of those ports tend to fit ethernet cables, but are only wired for phone lines. You would have to contact your landlord or previous owner as to what was wired. Otherwise your computers ethernet will have to be plugged directly into your modem or router.
Is there a switch downstairs where the junction point is?
The way you would wire it is modem and router on 1st floor, connect modem to WAN port of router (The WAN is the single port, and LAN is the 4 ports), then connect a wire from the LAN of the router to the wall jack. The ethernet running from the wall jack to the junction point should connect to an 8 or 16 port switch. The remining wires from the wall plates should also connect to the switch at the junction point.
With the router pluged in to the wall outlet and it plugged into the switch you should now see link/activity light on teh switch for the port the router is plugged into. If it has lights then you should be able to connect your computer to the wall outlet and be good to go.
The router would be your wireless router that provides the WiFi. I'm not sure in what way you were thinking that the wifi would get effected, were you just worried about having WiFi for the whole house?
How many square feet is there per floor, is the wireless router in the center of the house, and what is your current wireless router?
Depending on the size of the home and the output of your current router, you may want to add a second wireless router but configure it as an access point (the difference is that a router provides addressing and is the "logistics brain" of your network, while an access point is just an extension of the router to provide more wireless coverage).
Also what are your wireless devices, if they were all made in the last 4 years they should all be wireless n, so you wont need legacy wireless g support.
Ahh, so having my router in the basement wouldn't affect my wifi browsing in the 2nd floor My router is the SMC-D3GN, and is a wireless n (phew).
Q1, I believe the house is about a quarter acre in size
Q2. The router is in the center (middle floor/ground floor, middle)
Q3. The router is the SMC-D3GN
Thanks for being so much help