Odd question for sure, but I can't help that my wife's uncle is a total moron when it comes to computers and networking. The current argument and the reason I need some advice for some networking parts is he insists on using his 14 year old Netgear router. The darn thing uses Wep security, transmits only in the 2.4Ghz range and he refuses to let me change the stock sign in name and password from admin/password to something more secure!
Due to an injury from a car accident I need to work from home. To do so I purchased (although pre-owned) newer router that's dual channel, offers it's own additional firewall, and uses wpa2-psk wireless password protection, along with a bunch of other features I've been too busy to dig into just yet.
Now I bought this back in August, had his router removed and mine running the whole house's network for 4 months, he goes and screws up something on his computer and then blames my router for causing the issue! I've tried repeatedly to help him sort out the issues he's having with his computer not connecting to the internet and why his telephone (Magic Jack) isn't working right. Keep in mind this all worked just fine for 4 months. I'd have better luck trying to teach a dog what a black hole is and the dog understanding then convincing him my router is just fine.
I have however gotten him to agree to allow me to put in a bridge after the cable modem, then run a Ethernet cable to our bedroom where the Roku, PS3, laptop (when I'm not working), and my wife's tablet are. I can then move my router in there. The uncle now believes even though I have my router plugged into his as a subnet, and they're 10 feet apart, that mine is interfering with his causing his computer to slow down. (Doesn't have to do anything with him leaving 10 or more searches open in Google all the time...or all the malware he has on his system....)
I started to do some browsing at Office Max as they have a store a short cab ride away from home I can pick stuff up from. I noticed that not all cables or bridges are created equal by how wide the price range is. I just started working from home in December, there are so many things we really NEED, I don't want to spend money on something that's not necessary. It's my hopes that with my new income and a few other things in the works, that my family and will move to our own place this year. I had planned on setting up a network similar to this so I would hard wire anything that wasn't portable. Please take this in to consideration while recommending a good cable and bridge.
I took a Net+ course way back in 2002. At that time we wired everything with cat5 cables. I just did a quick read on what the different cat's mean. I'm now thinking that investing in cat6 might just be worth it since I'm looking at this for business and streaming video such as Sling or Sony's Vue. Will I ever fully utilize the capabilities of a Cat6a cable, who knows what tomorrow will bring? That leaves me with which bridge to get? I know it wouldn't make sense to get something other then one rated for 10/100/1000 as that's what my router is rated and I know all my devices can use this.
The way we were taught what a bridge was, it's very similar to a stop sign where as a router is like a smart traffic light that knows to turn which light to turn green while turning the other direct red and doing so that there's never any cars waiting. Basically a bridge is stupid and router is smart. Then other then speed and number of ports, what warrants such huge price difference? I do plan on doing a bit more research before buying either bridge or cable, but I wanted to ask for some suggestions here as well.
While I'm thinking about it, I had bought a dual band dongle for my laptop, as my laptop can't make use of the 5.8Ghz band. Eventually I'll get a more current triple channel router with ac spec, so I'd like a recommendation for one of these. The one I bought was an off brand one, it worked but I barely bumped it, and it split in half and stopped working. So, I'd like some suggestions for one of these, and perhaps get everything from Amazon and save myself cab fare of $20 or more each way. (That's more then shipping from Amazon!)