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March 18, 2012 10:28:05 AM

Hi

I get my internet via wireless from my bosses computer (XP) which is connected via ethernet to a Virgin super hub (cable).

I have two desktops and one laptop all running win 7. Plus there is another desktop two floors down (XP).

What I'd like to be able to do is set up a network so that only my computers, laptop and the desktop downstairs can file share. I do not want the main computer to access these files or the computers. Is there a way of doing this and if so how?

I have tried setting up a home network but it always seems to use the main computer as the home network access point so that this computer can see my computers. Hope that makes sense!

I'm sure there must be a simple answer but don't know what it is! Help please.
March 19, 2012 12:06:27 AM

Just stick a router on the cable coming into your desired subnet and use a different network address than the office network. Here is the description of how the subnet will work: http://www.ezlan.net/shield.html
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March 20, 2012 9:15:15 AM

Thanks. Looking at the article it looks as if I need to connect a cable from my machines to the second router. Also that this router is connected via a cable to the first router.

If this is the case I wouldn't be able to do this as it would mean having a huge cable running from one floor of the house to another. My Boss would not agree to that!

Is this correct or could I use wireless somehow?
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March 20, 2012 10:59:50 AM

It's possible to use a wireless bridge, but it will reduce your bandwidth. The other option if you have good electrical circuitry is a pair of power line adapters -- the 500mbps Zyxels achieve around 80mbps on a good circuit.
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March 21, 2012 5:48:55 AM

Thank you I will take a look at the line adapters.

Just out of curiosity, if I used these would it affect other users wireless reception/use?

Also can you have one in different rooms by this I mean one in the kitchen (where we have little to none wi-fi due to thick walls and metal thing (cannot remember correct name) which supports the ceiling? And in the downstairs room where again poor reception?
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March 21, 2012 8:30:33 PM

No, they would not affect wireless reception. You can use more than a pair, like three or four as needed, one near the router and the others where you need network connections.
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March 21, 2012 8:58:43 PM

Best answer selected by JJ2012.
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March 21, 2012 8:59:18 PM

Great thank you.
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