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Old 07-09-2020, 12:42 PM
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redbeard (Damien)
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Hi Gary,

The best solution is dedicated CAT 6 Ethernet. It's cheap and you can run it out of a window, across a roof, (I do that), etc if needed or run through conduit if possible/easy. Even with no conduit, Ethernet cable is pretty rugged.
A lot cheaper than all the wireless hardware

Wireless can have quite a few different issues which can be annoying too.

Are you using any Ethernet ports on the router or is your whole home network on wireless only? I ask as your router has 8 Ethernet sockets on it and you have not mentioned how your local network is setup in relation to wireless/ethernet ports on the router.

If you are not using the Ethernet ports on your router and you can't get to them, then you don't have a choice but to use your PC's Ethernet port. (Not sure why you would get a router with 8 Ethernet ports on it but don't use any of them, assumption at this stage).

If you do it that way, you will be creating a separate closed network where only the PC and the OBS devices can see each other. The OBS won't have internet access for example. Bridging the 2 networks on the local computer may help here if you know what you are doing.

This method below would be the ideal setup if you have at least one device plugged into routers Ethernet ports:
Get yourself a small network switch $15-25 and use this to extend your network. Unplug the Ethernet cable from the device that comes from the router, plug this into the switch, get another Ethernet cable and plug into the switch and the device. Now all you need to do is plug the Ethernet cable from the OBS into the network switch and you have 1 network for all your equipment including internet on all devices.

By far the most robust and cheapest solution. If possible. :-)

Happy to clarify if this is confusing.

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