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Papageno
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« on: December 13, 2004, 06:14:00 PM »

I just got an XBox this last week, and whether I end up using Live or XLink Kai, I want to get this puppy hooked up to my DSL connection. Problem is, the XBox and TV are 1) on the other end of the house and 2) on a different floor, so I want to avoid having to route a CAT5 cable of ungodly length all the way down there.

My question is, what are my options? I've heard of home networking setups that use the (in my case fairly modern) house wiring itself for the LAN--do those work well (or do they even exist)? Another possibility is to get a wireless DSL router/hub, but then I'd have to get some doohicky for the XBox, and I'm afraid of interference from cordless phones and such.

Finally, there's the "Mohammed coming to the mountain" solution-- bringing the XBox upstairs and getting a VGA adapter for the XBox to feed into my flatscreen CRT. It's pretty crowded up here already though, and I want to avoid that if possible.
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2004, 06:44:03 PM »

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My question is, what are my options? I've heard of home networking setups that use the (in my case fairly modern) house wiring itself for the LAN--do those work well (or do they even exist)? Another possibility is to get a wireless DSL router/hub, but then I'd have to get some doohicky for the XBox, and I'm afraid of interference from cordless phones and such.

Finally, there's the "Mohammed coming to the mountain" solution-- bringing the XBox upstairs and getting a VGA adapter for the XBox to feed into my flatscreen CRT. It's pretty crowded up here already though, and I want to avoid that if possible.


I would avoid the "home networking setups" - they suck.  I have a fairly new home, and it was very unreliable.  You could do the wireless setup and that is good....but your "Mohammed coming to the mountain" has A LOT of appeal.  Why?  Because of the vga adapter.  If you are going for either the x2vga or the vd-z3 you are going the high def route!!!   I would do that, imagine playing a game in 1080 rez  :twisted:
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2004, 04:00:59 PM »

I have a wireless setup in my condo.  My PC, cable modem, etc. are all upstairs in my office.  I have a wireless access point hooked up to my X-Box in my living room downstairs.  It's works out great.

The biggest thing I like about the console is sitting on my couch and relaxing.  I also have surround sound and have an HD set being delivered tomorrow.  The high-def is going to be really nice, but I never considered moving it to my office because I'd miss out on all the other benefits of a console.  That and while most games support 480p and look really nice, there are very, very few that support any higher resolutions.  I've only found a couple that support 720p and have never seen a 1080i game.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2004, 04:18:00 PM »

So, I'm totally new to wireless networking-- I'd want to have a router that still had wired connections for my machines up here, but also had wireless capability built in.  What kind of thing would I need on the other end to hook up to the XBox?

Help a newb out...  :wink:
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2004, 04:18:28 PM »

The stuff that uses your home wiring is powerline networking (PNA).  I've never used it.

I wouldn't worry too much about cordless phone interference.  The technology is getting pretty good, although it depends on your phone.  Wireless is getting really cheap and easy.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2004, 06:40:52 PM »

Well, I have these:
Microsoft MN-700 Router
Microsoft MN-740 Xbox Wireless Adapter

Once the router was setup, all I had to do was plugin the Xbox wireless adpater, put in my WEP key, and I was done.

It was extremely simple.

I believe there are other more cost effective solutions from other companies like Netgear or Linksys, but I have heard of issues involving either of those two gaming adapters. As always, your mileage may vary.

Whatever you end up doing, tell us how it turns out.
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2004, 10:52:26 PM »

I have the Linksys counterparts to the MS ones listed above.

Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router

Linksys WGA54G Wireless-G Gaming Adapter

It was a snap to set these up and the router has 4 hardwired ports on it as well.  A bonus is that I can use my laptop anywhere in the house too.
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