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Old January 27, 2012, 12:21 PM
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Hi guys,

Just switched over to Shaw's BB50 plan yesterday but I have a few questions regarding how I've got it set up right now.

Currently, I've got my desktop computer connected directly to the Shaw wifi modem via ethernet cable. I've disabled the onboard wifi signal on the Shaw wifi modem, and instead have a D-Link router connected to the Shaw modem. I'll attach a picture to illustrated this set up.

The reason for doing this is simple - when I connected my desktop to the router instead, I see a speed drop of around 5-6Mbps, which is why I've now directly connected the desktop to the Shaw modem via ethernet cable. At the same time, I can't use Shaw's onboard wifi feature because its signal is definitely weaker than my old D-Link, meaning my mom's desktop at the other end of the house can't get a decent connection. So while my desktop is directly connected to the Shaw modem, all other wireless devices in the house sees the D-Link router and are connected to it instead. My questions are the following:

1) Is turning off the wifi on the Shaw modem all I need to do to allow the D-Link wifi router function properly? i.e. are there other settings on the Shaw modem that I need to change or disable?
2) Does the Shaw wifi modem offer the same level of firewall protection as the D-Link? i.e. will connecting my desktop directly to the modem open up my computer to attack?
3) I have a printer connected to the D-Link router via its onboard USB port. I used to be able to share this printer across the four computers in the house. Now that I've got my desktop connected to the Shaw modem, is it still possible for my computer to see the D-Link router, and more importantly, the printer connected to it?

Thanks all!!!
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