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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-10-2009, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need to run another computer in my garage....

Here is my setup and my question:

1. My Internet cable (Fios) comes into my house to a router in a spare bedroom. My "House Computer" is connected to one of the 4 output ports on the router.
2. I run a Cat5 cable from the second output port on the router out to my garage (150 ft. long). I connect that cable to another computer (the "Garage computer").
3. I want to add another computer in the garage without running another long cable from the router in the house to the garage. I assume there is an easy was to do this.
4. What do I need to get to add another computer in the garage? Both computers in the garage do not need to talk to each other. Each only needs to talk to the Internet.

No wireless please. I want direct connections.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-11-2009, 12:10 AM
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simple. Get a network switch or a hub. Same thing. Something like this:

http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuima...-1400-main.jpg

you can even do with a cheaper one. Plug that 150ft wire to it and then get 2 small cat5 wires (ethernet) and run them from the "switch" to the 2 computers. It's super easy.

here's a diagram sort of. But you don't need all of the stuff here. http://www.netgear.com/upload/produc...gram_gs1xx.jpg

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a switch or a hub is not the same thing. Just go wireless.
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simple. Get a network switch or a hub. Same thing. Something like this:

http://images.tigerdirect.com/skuima...-1400-main.jpg

you can even do with a cheaper one. Plug that 150ft wire to it and then get 2 small cat5 wires (ethernet) and run them from the "switch" to the 2 computers. It's super easy.

here's a diagram sort of. But you don't need all of the stuff here. http://www.netgear.com/upload/produc...gram_gs1xx.jpg
This looks familar in my searches I did last night before I went to bed.....http://www.compusa.com/applications/...rkey=n100-1403

This one is $14.97 at CompUSA. Says it's a switch. If that is all I need, then $15 is a cheap solution.

I have an old wireless box somewhere but it is falling apart at the antenna and has been in the bottom of the junk box for a few years. I can haul it out if I have to and see if it is still functioning.

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Garage air conditioned?

Laptop I hope?

Otherwise have fun running that shit when it is 110 outside. In my AC'ed house some of the netgear stuff is warm that I have.

Recommend laptop w/ wireless. Clean and when you're done in the garage you just close the lid and take it inside to a cleaner environment.

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Garage air conditioned?

Laptop I hope?

Otherwise have fun running that shit when it is 110 outside. In my AC'ed house some of the netgear stuff is warm that I have.

Recommend laptop w/ wireless. Clean and when you're done in the garage you just close the lid and take it inside to a cleaner environment.
The other computer could be a laptop or an older e-machine. I do have A/C in the room with the computers. It has all my ham radio stuff in there. The other computer will just be used to run a simple logging program and interrogate the web on occasion to look at station clusters on the web (websites that tell you where certain stations are on frequency).

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The other computer could be a laptop or an older e-machine. I do have A/C in the room with the computers. It has all my ham radio stuff in there. The other computer will just be used to run a simple logging program and interrogate the web on occasion to look at station clusters on the web (websites that tell you where certain stations are on frequency).
Another option would be just have the one in the garage and control other pc's remotely. My father in law is a huge ham and I've helped him out some with his tech stuff. He's really been getting into the SDR stuff lately

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Another option would be just have the one in the garage and control other pc's remotely. My father in law is a huge ham and I've helped him out some with his tech stuff. He's really been getting into the SDR stuff lately
Yea, I wish I had some money to burn on the SDR technology stuff. While I was still working years ago, the SDR's were coming into maturity and it seemed far out then. Now, here it is in the ham shack. I am from the old school though...I like knobs!

I have written down all the forums's suggestions and in the near future I will do something. All I really need is another keyboard and another monitor (flat screen) at my operating position, which is across the room from the computer in the room
(15 feet away). I’ll do something one of these days. I have another project out in the yard now , a new big antenna waiting to go up as soon as Jeff flies back here in a week to help me install it.

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Wait, so the PC is in the same room - you just need a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) on the other side of the room?

Might be able to get away with a wireless keyboard/mouse and then a VGA cable over to the other side of the room for a monitor.

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Wait, so the PC is in the same room - you just need a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) on the other side of the room?

Might be able to get away with a wireless keyboard/mouse and then a VGA cable over to the other side of the room for a monitor.
That sounds interesting and simple.

In connecting up the #2 monitor/#2 keyboard, is the other monitor/keyboard useable at the same time? This is not a big deal, as I can only do one thing at a time out there. If it is not useable at the same time, is there a switch or something I can use to switch the monitor/keyboard in use?

Excuse the simple questions, but my main computer tech, Jeff my son, is in NC now until next weekend.

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.........is there a switch or something I can use to switch the monitor/keyboard in use?

Excuse the simple questions, but my main computer tech, Jeff my son, is in NC now until next weekend.
I just did some Googleing and found what is called a monitor switch (switches between multiple monitors and a computer) and a VGA Video Splitter box (shows the same image on two monitors at the same time). I'll look into these later.

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*I* have never had an issue with two USB KB and Mice hooked up - then again - I'm not 100% sure I tried it with a keyboard, I know I did with a mouse.

The VGA portion

a. If you video cards have two outputs, you could just run it from the seconds and setup the PC to display the same desktop on both displays.

b. I believe they make splitter cables.

c. The box like you found.

Take care

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The VGA portion

a. If your video cards have two outputs, you could just run it from the seconds and setup the PC to display the same desktop on both displays.

b. I believe they make splitter cables.

c. The box like you found.

Take care
OK, many thanks. I think I am homing in on what I need. I'll look at the video card.

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If your puter will support it, here's a cheap dual monitor card for ya.

http://shop4.frys.com/product/586614...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG





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If your puter will support it, here's a cheap dual monitor card for ya.

http://shop4.frys.com/product/586614...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
My computers are Compaq 2.6 GHz, at least 512 MB DDR SDRAM memory (one I think has an additional memory stack). The price of that video card is inexpensive for sure.

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My computers are Compaq 2.6 GHz, at least 512 MB DDR SDRAM memory (one I think has an additional memory stack). The price of that video card is inexpensive for sure.
If you will give the model # for your puter or go http://pcpitstop.com/betapit/, register and take the test then post the link from the address bar in your reply, I can better figure out if your puter can support it.





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If you will give the model # for your puter ......., I can better figure out if your puter can support it.

The garage computer is a Compaq Presario model S5400NX.

Thanks for your help.

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The garage computer is a Compaq Presario model S5400NX.

Thanks for your help.
Bummer, it's an AGP slot on the mobo.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...product=374513

These will do the trick.
The X1300 requires a 250 watt power supply and the 3650 requires a 300 watt PSU.





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