We are heavily relaying on the network, or Internet.
Now I would like to share how I connect all my devices in my house.
Internet service is provided by Shaw. It is the only choice in my area.
Coaxial cable connect the Modem from the wall. Then connect Modem and my Router A by network cable.
Router A is the heart of my network.
It provide wired connection to following devices:
Media Player – Asus O!Play
Network Storage – DLink DNS323, 3.5TB, FTP, File sharing, and BT.
Voip Box A – iTalkBB, provide local phone service.
Voip Box B – SPA-2002, Long Distance Call Service.
Router A also provide Wireless connection to following devices with MAC address filter. Only allowed MAC address can connect it.
Desktop A, for my daughter Grace
Desktop B, for my wife, Vivian and daughter, Gloria,
Cellphone A – LG Optimus One
Cellphone B – LG Shine Plus
DS lite – with a replacement case, still working.
Kindle Keyboard with Wifi
Router A has a wireless connection with Router B. Router B works as bridge.
Router B wired connects to Desktop C
Router B is also working as a printer server by connecting Laser printer with USB port.
Actually, Router A has a Gigabit Switch to extent the ports. Router A has 4 Lan ports only, by connect Switch to it, it can connect 7 devices.
For wired connection, I don’t worry about the security.
Wireless is more concern.
Read How to protect your WiFi, and get some idea.
All devices in my house is in the same sub-network. It means they can see each other.
I can use Media Player to play the video in the Network Storage.
I can copy files from my desktop C to Network Storage. My daughter can pick it up from there.
Network Storage can do its BT work to download videos from Internet.
I can also upload pictures token by cellphone to Network Storage, or Dropbox.
Any computer can print to laser printer.