We have finally taken the plunge and leased a shop to work from, which explains the lack of posts here recently. The technology at the shop is pretty standard stuff, the two highlights are the Pace modem supplied as part of the business package by Telecom NZ, and the Netgear Range Extender I have just installed.
The pace modem is a bit big and clunky to look at, but it works, its 801.N wireless, and is fibre optic UFB compatible (I think that’s what it means). More importantly it has two USB ports, one of which I have connect my Brother Laser printer to, allowing the 4 computers around the shop to share it, and in the other I have put an external hard drive, again accessible to all computers in the shop as a backup drive etc.
I have a another room across the corridor from my office which I am using as a computer workshop, and I didn’t want to run wires from the Pace modem to it, but I did want up to 4 computers to be able to get onto the internet while I am working on them. I thought the ASUS RT-N13U would work in the same way as the ASUS RT-N10 which I use at home, which extends the range of my wireless and allows me to plug in up to 4 ethernet capable devices. Unfortunately, in repeater mode, the NT13U disables the NAT and all the other facilities required for the Lan ports to work. A shame really, because as a router, it too has USB ports which can drive printers, scanners etc. After a bit of research, I found the Netgear WN200-RPT which functions as a wireless repeater (in fact only as a repeater, not a router or access point), but also has four ethernet sockets available for use. This device was so simple to set up, and works really well, and was remarkably cheap.
So, fully connected and ready to go.