Let me describe what I have and what I am trying to do... what I describe doing here is something I can actually do (if it works) without having to spend money on buying anything new.
My main PC and modem is in a back room of the house, my secondary PC and game systems are in the living room.
My main PC HAS to have a wired internet connection because that is what I want.
My game systems and second PC need a wired connection.
I would like to have my D-Link wireless router in the living room so I can use the WiFi for my iPods, iPad, laptop, and anything else that I am looking at when I am sitting on the front porch.
I have an Epson printer that I can hook up to my network that I want to be in the back room with my main PC.
To get the internet into the living room I am going to run a CAT5E ethernet cable under my house (off the ground and away from electric wires and copper pipe) from my back room to the living room.
Is it possible for me to go from the modem to a switch box (I actually have two switch boxes, but I believe I will only need one)which would be connected to my main PC, the printer, and the ethernet wire going under the house to the living room... Then in the living room have the wire that comes from under the house (from the back room) go directly into the wireless router and then from the router have cables going to my game systems and the second PC?
If this will work, will I still be able to control the wireless router with my main PC?
I heard that I can't go to the wireless router via a switch, and I can't find a relatively cheap Wireless Access Point that I can just throw into the living room.
Then I heard that most newer wireless routers are made with WAP in them, so I am curious if I can just go from the modem to the wireless router in the back room then to a different wireless router in the living room (via the ethernet cable under the house).
And if that is possible how can I tell if the new wireless router has WAP just by looking at its box?
I don't want to spend any money if I can get away with it, and if I must spend money I don't want to spend over $40 if possible... if something is good and it costs a little more then by all means tell me.
If you need more info, let me know.