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August 29, 2012

Sharon asks…

Device to make wifi (wireless) from ethernet port?

I’m moving in to an apartment that has ADSL included but not wireless. It has an ethernet port in the wall. What I am trying to find is a device that I can plug in to the ethernet port to make a wireless network. I don’t believe it’s a wireless bridge because my devices will have wireless capability. Does anyone know what device I’m looking for?
I am doubting that I need a wireless router is what I need because of the fact that there is no phone line.
Keep in mind there will be no telephone line in the apartment. Only the ADSL port.

Administrator answers:

Plug a wireless router into the ethernet jack, and you are all set….
Be sure to enable security on any wireless, else all the other apartment dwellers will steal your wireless instead of buying their own wireless routers – slowing yours down…

Edit: Listen to our answers – if you have an ethernet jack in the wall, any router will plug into that with the WAN port, and you are all set. Ethernet jack has nothing to do with ADSL or phone lines, unless you are confusing a phone jack for an ethernet jack??

Ruth asks…

What are some good budget wi-fi routers for home use?

Well, I need to share my ADSL internet connection over my apartment, I’m looking for something reliable, my budget is under 40 dollars.

Thank you in advance.
@Fremen: Is it Windows 7 compatible, I have two laptops running Windows 7, I don’t want any compatibility issues, could you check no that?
@darren r: Could you explain me the difference between cable connection and phone line connection? So this is how it looks now: an ADSL modem connected to a phone line, my laptop connected to the modem trough ethernet cable, right? If I had a wireless router, it would be connected like this: the phone line – the ADSL modem – the wireless router – the laptop. What kind of wireless router should I pick? Thank you :)
Will this one do the trick?

Administrator answers:

I’m in the uk but I managed to get a pretty good refurbished router on ebay for about 8£ or about 13$. Presuming you already have an adsl router the best option would be just to get a a standard cable router to plug into this. I would tend to avoid the wireless adsl combo’s as if your Internets not working you don’t know which section the problem is coming from. Anyway after a quick look on ebay there was hundreds but here’s one in the middle range that will be reliable:

Almost all routers will be compatible with windows 7. When you get your router make sure you add a password to it, heres a guide for that:

If theres anything missing from this answer add it onto the question and ill edit my answer

EDIT: So sorry for the late reply. Right now you have an ADSL modem going from your phone line to your computer. The simplest way would be to get a modem that takes the input the same as your computer does. What I mean by this is that the wire that currently plugs into you computer, plugs into a wireless router and your finished per say. That is the kind of router that you should get. Most routers are like this but there is a type where it plugs straight into the phone line and you have internet through that way. I wouldn’t recommend that and stay away from ADSL being mentioned in the item description. It really should’t be to complicated picking a router and to be honest the adsl routers will work but will be complicated to setup, just try and pick one with no mention of adsl for the easiest set up. I.e aiming for the setup you described off: the phone line – the ADSL modem – the wireless router – the laptop, with no integration between of the adsl modem and wireless router.

And yes that dlink router will work, if you go to the rear picture on the page provided you will see a seperate single port (grey it says internet). The wire currently going to your computer goes in there and hay preseto you have wireless. It will likly work staright away but I would recommend adding security before getting to use to it.

Lizzie asks…

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Slovakia?

I am moving to Bratislava within the next few days, and once I find an apartment, would need to subscribe to a reliable Slovakian ADSL/CABLE internet service provider.

Can anybody provide a list of all Slovakian ISPs, together with (hopefully) a rough cost? Is there any preference to either ADSL or CABLE, or a specific company?

Note: I’ll need about 1024KB DOWN & 256KB UP. Would welcome any specific recommendation.

Administrator answers:

1) Here is a list of Slovakian ISPs. They are have internet sites where you can look at the prices and services. Most have English too.. But the look in ‘sluzby’ services if you are reading the Slovak. ‘cena’ is prices. Most offer monthly contracts. With a signing up fee (about 20$)And prices start from roughly 20$ monthly. There are often 12 or 24 month contracts. It is cheaper for 24 month contract if you are staying that long.


2)Slovak Telecom is the largest ISP (owned by Tmobile). They offer ADSL on two price plans. I suggest ‘internet maxi

3)For ADSL this provider is recomended. Http://

4)And for cable. UPS and the ‘chello’ plan. Http://

Daniel asks…

wifi,what is it?

live in big apartment complex and have a laptop on satellite internet connection (slow)been offered wifi.what is it?went to connect and got warning about ‘security certificate’ and ‘continue to this website’ ‘not recomended’the signal strenth say’s what is the problem.will my email,internet banking and other password sites be compromised? p.s.getting a phone line and not an option.

Administrator answers:

WiFi or wireless fidelity is a way of networking computers using radio signals.

As long as the WiFi network is using WPA encryption your data will be safe. WEP encryption is easily broken and no encryption would be very bad.

You will want to make sure that the WiFi being offered is a genuine connection and not an “evil twin” (google it) so check it out first and make sure the provider is reputable. Ask the provider what internet connection speed the WiFi router has and how may other users are there registered on the system. If he says the connection speed is 54Mbs he is talking about the LAN connection (between you and the router, not the router and the internet).

When you know the connection speed do the maths and consider whether the WiFi connection will be worth it. If he has a 10Mbs ADSL or cable connection and alot of users other users your satellite connection may be quicker.

Beware of con artists, remember if it looks too good to be true it probably is.

Finally, unless the connection uses WPA encryption as a minimum, dont bother.

Maria asks…

Immigrating to Fort Worth, TX – what are some of the basic costs?

We are considering immigrating to the USA, more specifically Fort Worth, TX as we have family here. It will be just my wife and I and we need to work out some sort of budget.

If possible we need to know what the basics are going to cost. We do not lead a lavish lifestyle. We will be purchasing a vehicle cash so no need to add that to the budget. We also do not need to be close to town as I can work from home.

On average, what would the following cost per month:
1 bed apartment rent:
average groceries:
medical insurance:
car/home insurance:
water & electricity:
bank charges:

Am I missing anything?


Administrator answers:

You forgot phone/cell phone which could be about $50 to $100 (that’s not budgeting your calls back home to your family) – Internet and cable about $100/month… The apartments that are $400 are not usually in very good neighborhoods you should budget at least $500 if you want to live somewhere safe with decent neighbors. Water and Electricity could be anywhere from a $100 to $200 in the summer if you run A/C and trust me you can’t live without A/C in Texas in the summer. For a economy car you should budget about $100 for gas a week if you drive 40 miles/day.

Jenny asks…

How much does living in croatia for a month cost?

Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.73 € 6.009.47
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 25.55 € 20.0031.10
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 4.88 € 3.006.76
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2.69 € 2.003.38
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.03 € 2.004.06
Cappuccino (regular) 1.48 €
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.10 € 1.502.70
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.18 € 1.001.35

Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), 1 liter 0.71 € 0.680.75
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 0.84 € 0.681.00
Eggs (12) 2.07 € 1.622.52
Fresh Cheese (1kg) 6.88 € 6.767.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 8.11 €
Apples (1kg) 1.22 €
Oranges (1kg) ?
Potato (1kg) 0.67 €
Lettuce (1 head) ?
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.72 € 0.540.90
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 5.38 € 4.006.76
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 0.70 €
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 0.70 €
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.00 €

Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (local transport) 1.43 € 1.351.50
Monthly Pass 60.00 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.67 € 2.672.67
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.34 € 1.341.34
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 10.69 € 10.6910.69
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.50 € 1.102.17
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,965.00 €

Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Gas, Water, Garbage) 200.00 €
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff (no discounts or plans) 0.10 €
Internet (6 Mbps, Flat Rate, Cable/ADSL) 16.11 € 16.0016.23

Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 28.25 € 27.0430.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 7.00 €
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.01 € 3.384.50

Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Levis 501 74.48 €
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 37.23 € 20.2854.17
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 67.68 € 40.5794.80
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 67.71 €

Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 300.00 € 250.00350.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 250.00 € 200.00300.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 445.00 € 390.00500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 387.50 € 325.00450.00

Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,446.52 € 1,893.043,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,676.09 € 1,352.172,000.00

Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 768.65 € 726.00811.30
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentanges (%), Yearly 4.50

Remember this is Splitu near the coast and i will have 3 kids with me. I need a realistic Monthly type for groceries/Rent of Flat i want to keep vacay as cheap as possible say 5-10k

Administrator answers:

Perhaps these links will help

Charles asks…

BT £126 Connection fee ? who else is there?

having been a ntl customer for a while now we have just moved house and our street does not have cable :( ,no cable no bravo So we are switching to sky we are wanting to take there adsl broadband service but have an inactive bt line (brand new apartment )and bt will change a £126 connection charge even tho we want sky not bt sky have said we need a bt line is there any company to offer broadband without goin through bt and paying £126 remember my street is a non cabled street

Administrator answers:

It is bt openreach that charge the fee. Your paying for an engineer to do the work.

Nothings free these days.

Openreach(the wholesaler) are separate to BT Retail(the provider).

BT Retail are now the same as sky or orange or any other provider – the reason they are separate from the engineers is to allow other providers like sky or orange to set up phone lines.

OFCOM told BT to separate from the engineers(and rightly so) because of the monopoly they had on the market. Now ANY provider should be able to place an order for its customer with Openreach IF they choose to do so.

Sky have the chance now to get in touch with BT Openreach(the engineers) but for some reason havent decided to take up this oppurtunity! It seems they’d rather let BT Retail(the provider) tell you it will cost £125 and save themselves a whole load trouble and system set up costs. It apparently cost BT millions to set up the new systems.

I know all this because I’ve just been through what you have and demanded a full explanation!

So although its good its now an open market it does mean BT Openreach(the engineers) have to make their own wonga – so that falls at our feet! UNLESS you can blag SKY or BT or whichever provider you choose to pay the connection fee.

Its always a good tactic to threaten going to other providers because at the end of the day a company should always try to keep you.

Robert asks…

Networking question: Do I need to buy a new router?

Hey. I have just moved into a new apartment which has internet included. This is shared between the 10 people living in my block. It comes through an RJ45 ethernet cable which I assume leads to a non wireless router in the block. Now, this cable is very inaccessible and I want to broadcast it wirelessly so that 2 computers and my PS3 can pick up the network. I have a wireless router from a cable/internet provider from my old apartment which has the coaxial input, an “internet” jack (which is the standard ADSL type jack) a USB input and 4 ethernet ports. This is a Netgear CG3000. Can I use this to broadcast the internet connection wirelessly? If not, what do I exactly need to buy to do this? Thanks for answering!
Thanks for the reply. The Internet jack on the router is too small to fit an RJ45 cable!

Administrator answers:

The Netgear CG3000 is a combo router/cable modem.


The problem with combo modem/routers is that the WAN connection is internal. There is no external RJ-45 jack to connect the Internet (WAN) to your local network (LAN).

Wireless routers are fairly inexpensive, you can get a wireless N for about $40 or a wireless G for around $25. Either one will work fine with a cable or DSL Internet connection.


As far as the router goes, I’ve had good luck with NetGear, D-Link and LinkSys (Cisco). Wireless G (54 Mbps) is plenty fast for your Internet application. If you want to stream or transfer large files between computers on your LAN wirelessly you may want to opt for Wireless N. Go to Amazon and read the reviews on the routers that interest you.

Good Luck…

Linda asks…

Questions about Bangalore?

Hey experts!

I have a few questions about Bangalore (Bangaluru) India. I am going to do a 20-week placement in an NGO working with sustainable tourism development in India and their office is in Bangalore, and I have been wondering what to expect. I do not get paid, I will work as a volunteer, and my girlfriend is going to start another internship at a major Hotel, also in Bangalore. We are both Europeans – she is Dutch and I am Danish.

So, here are some questions.

For a nice fully furnished apartment, with good standards, who much will we have to pay? (this means including TV and channels, Internet ADSL, Double bed, nice kitchen, office desk, little dining table etc.) A/C would be nice but is not priority. We only need one bedroom, but a living room and a balcony would be nice too.

Do you know any good and reliable websites where I can search for FURNISHED apartments in Bangalore. I prefer a website with pictures so I can get an idea about the place.

How is public transportation in Bangalore? and how much does it cost?

Any ‘zones’ in Bangalore that would be better than others to live in? and any zones i should NOT go to?

Thank your very much! All help appreciated. Also if there is something completely different that would be good to know. :)


Administrator answers:

Had you mentioned the locality of your ‘office’ and that of your girl friend, it would be a lot easier for zeroing on the vicinity of your lodging requirements.In any case, for the rent of about Rs.10 k (roughly 200USD) you can get a decent single bedroom accommodation., preferably apartments.At bangalore, you can manage without A/C., that too in winter now till next March/April.

Public transports are plenty at cheap rates-monthly passes are being sold by the transport company
(Govt. Only) which is very affordable.Again it depends on the place where you live where you two have to go for work.

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