Wireless vs RG6 vs Twisted Pair
I have some questions about a wired or wireless internet connection. My lack of expertise will be evident -- please let me know if I haven't given you enough information.
I want to connect my Windows computer to the internet. The options that I see are:
- use a wireless connection, or
- run about 75 feet of wire along the floor moulding from an RG6 wall outlet (I'm not going to run cable in the walls).
For the wireless connection, I've bought a NetGear WNR2000 wireless router and NetGear WNA3100 wireless USB adapter. They work well most of the time, except that
- sometimes the connection speed drops to 5Mbps, even while the signal strength remains "excellent" (this info from the NetGear Genie software supplied with the adapter, or displayed when I mouse over the wireless connection icon in the system tray)
- sometimes the wireless connection doesn't get established when I start Windows. I then have to start the NetGear Genie software, and re-connect, entering the SSID and security key.
Are there any settings that might eliminate these problems?
If I can get the wireless connection working reliably, I might stick with it, but I would prefer a wired connection (partly because I'll be more comfortable with the tried-and-true, even if the wireless problems are solved; and partly because a Cisco CIS330 set-top box is part of the connection, and with a wired connection it would be next to the computer, from where I would hope eventually to get it connected so I can watch TV on my computer -- with a wireless connection, it would be 75 feet away at the RG6 outlet)
So, if I run wire:
Is it ok to bend RG6 cable 90 degrees to go around corners and over a doorway? I expect the answer to be "no"; then is there an alternative? Would twisted pair work ok over that distance (75'), and is it ok to bend it 90 degrees? If so, I'll have more questions about that. I'll need a baluns, I believe, and I don't know anything about that or twisted pair wire -- is there a specific grade I need, or anything else that I would need to know?
... and are there other options that I haven't thought of?