How to get Wifi in my dorm room

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Corsairkid, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Corsairkid macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    I just got a 13" macbook pro. Last year, my college dorm had wifi throughout so I never had a problem with wifi. My dorm for this coming fall will only have hardwired ethernet ports in the rooms. I have never set up a wireless network before, so my question for you guys is what do I need to purchase to do this in my room? Just a basic wireless router?

    Please tell me the parts I need as well as some brief instruction on how to do it. I am decent with tech stuff so just a basic overview of what I need to do would be fine for now.

    Also, in case it matters, our internet at school is awful whether using wired ports or wifi, so I dont know if that matters for the hardware that I will need to buy...

    thanks guys!
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    The first thing you need to do is check with your university's IT department to see if they even allow wireless networks to be set up in your dorm.
  3. Corsairkid thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Yes they do allow it. Most people have their rooms set up with wifi.
    Is this really worth the $100? Or are their cheaper options out there that do the job equally as well? What is the advantage of going with apple on this?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can read the link to see what it does. If you want it cheaper, you can get one refurbished for $79. If you want cheaper, buy something else.
  5. Corsairkid thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    I guess what I am asking is buying the apple router really worth paying $100 for when there are cheaper non-apple products out there? What advantage does buying the apple router give me over buying non apple?
  6. danmanstx macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    Lexington, Ky
    Using the education discount from my school the airport express was only $79.99 new. Also if you want something that will just work with windows and macs, be easy to set up, and broadcast a wifi signal it really is a great choice.
  7. TheNewDude macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2010
    I know you can get Linksys, SMC or D-Link routers for as cheap as $50... Might be even cheaper in the US.

    If Range and Speed are a big issue the "N" routers will give you more range and speed. The "G" routers will give you less Range and speed but are usually cheaper (Not by a lot though).

    Check out Best Buy's website. They will have at least 1 or 2 on sale!
  8. roliath macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2009
    whatever you do, get something with wpa2 and don't broadcast your ssid.
  9. Reapur macrumors regular

    May 5, 2010
    The apple router is not required, but its dead easy to setup for a newbie. Takes up no desk space and reduces clutter in a already small dorm.
  10. Corsairkid thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    Ok thanks for the responses guys, I appreciate it.
  11. fleshman03 macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2008
    Sioux City, IA
    Does something with an Apple logo make it inherently better? A lot of people here would say yes. I'm not that big of a fanboy.

    Here's the important thing to know. If your MacBook is 2008 or later, buy a router with Wireless N. The AirPort is a really nice router and transmit via N. It is dead simple to set up too.

    Is $80 or $100 worth it? That depends on you. I'll tell you that I've had a Linksys and AirPort. The AirPort beats the other router, hands down.
  12. vbman213 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
    You don't need to get an Airport Express.

    A cheap Linksys WRT54G will work just fine! I recommend WRT54GL for the benefits of DD-WRT.

    55 bucks.

    A whole lot cheaper than an Airport Express.

    If you just need wireless for your dorm room, an N router would be a total waste of money. You don't need to be broadcasting wifi to the next county do you?

    Linksys routers running DD-WRT are bulletproof. I've had mine running for almost 4 years straight now. I've never had any problems with it.

    The setup process should not be any different than setting up a router at your home. If the router is configured to aquire IP information through DHCP, it should do most of the work for you.
  13. Corsairkid thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007

    Thanks a lot!

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