D-Link's Wireless 4-Port Cable/DSL Router
Once you have a broadband connection in your house (or small office) firing the bandwidth to all of the computers on site seems easier for than running Cat-5 cable under the carpet. Here's another wireless setup that might keep you from drilling holes in the wall. D-Link's DI-714 Wireless Broadband Router and Access Point with 4-Port 10 Base T/100 Base TX Switch has an integrated wireless router, which acts as a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server to allow shared Internet access for up to 252 clients. The built-in access point gives you a 11Mbps Wireless LAN connection using Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) that is interoperable with IEEE 802.11b compliant devices, while the four built-in 10/100Mb auto-negotiation full-duplex Ethernet switch ports increase access time for client computers. The D-Link DI-714 also features detachable antennas that allow you to upgrade to increased signal strength in high noise environments or for long-range communications. The router's firewall function lets you block and redirect ports and mask local IP addresses from the Internet to limit the services that outside users can access, while letting you open specific ports to ensure that certain apps (like games) will run. It has a single 10Mb Ethernet port for connection to a DSL Modem, cable modem, or other broadband access device, which then can be shared through any or all of the 10/100 Dual Speed Ethernet ports and through its wireless access point. The D-Link DI-714 Wireless Router & Access Point + 4-Port 10/100 Ethernet Switch is available now for around $299.