Having a Personal Area Network (PAN) with the help of a Bluetooth dongle is not enough for me. I need to have access access to the internet anywhere within the house.
Tonight, I paid CD-R King a visit and grabbed the cheapest Wireless Broadband Router they have. I was given with the LP-8186.
The LP-8186 is a wireless broadband router that support 802.11b/g, as well as WiFi a & n classifications. What made me bought the unit was the fact that it also supports up to 4 wired network connections, as a regular 4-port hub will do.
From the time I opened its box, attach the Smart Bro UTP cable to the router, turned on my PC, and launched the setup program, I just took me around 7 minutes. Fired up my desktop’s internet browser and it connects to the internet. Fired up the internet browser in my HP Mini 2133, which is around 10 feet away from the router, and bobreyes.com loads.
To ultimately test its capabilities, I went up to the second floor of our house, tried to surf, and it worked!
Here are some specs of the LP-8186 as printed in its box:
- Supports Gateway modes
- WEP, WPA Encryption – 64/128bit (WEP), WPA TKIP
- TCP/UDP/ICMP/ARP protocol stack
- Dynamic DNS
- DHCP Client and Server
- PPPoE PPTP
Tomorrow, I’ll test on how far can the AP reach — car port? sidewalk? sari-sari store?
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