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  1. #1
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    Default Computer game room

    Before this coming winter time, me, my husband and the kids are planning to add another room for our computer and we will be calling it the station. We will cut off a bit of our living room since it is too large for us and make a portion of it as our computer room, my kids love to play computer games and its a bit noisy if we will place the computer in the living room. No way they will put the computer in their bedroom since we cannot check what they are surfing at. Hopefully things will push through after my husband will take a leave to supervise the renovation.

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    Default Re: Computer game room

    Splendid idea.

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    Default Re: Computer game room

    Set it up so your kids' computers and game consoles can connect to each other and the Internet with CAT5e or CAT6 wiring. Place a few network jacks in convenient locations to connect laptops or their friend's computers when they have a LAN party. This should all connect to your Internet router with wires.

    Don't depend on wifi (wireless networking). It can be flaky at the worst possible times; wired connections will give them a better interactive gaming experience. Here's a thread I started a while back on the pitfalls of wireless networks: https://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=108106

    Of course, you probably will want to have a wireless network for convenience, and for connecting your assorted handheld devices to the Internet. Just be aware of the potential issues and what you can do to minimize problems with the wifi.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: Computer game room

    This is a nice family project for your house. I'm pretty sure the kids will be excited to set up their computer consoles in the "station".

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    Absolutely HARD WIRE the room. Wireless is convenient, but even with the best router in the business is still fundamentally inferior to a wired connection.

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    Default Re: Computer game room

    Also, if you have an older house with plaster/lathe - it will kill the wireless signal.

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    Default Re: Computer game room

    You most definitely want wired internet for this. Great idea! Having a specific place for gaming for kids is really good.

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