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This thread is spinning out of control, No harm intended. I need to know the exact make & model of your NETGEAR N300 router? Look at the label on it and tell me exactly what the model is so I can better help you. I don't believe your NETGEAR has a modem built in but I want to confirm this with the exact make/model. What is your internet service provider? I am going to try and explain how you would set this up below-

 

itGeeks, Netgear actually does make some modem/routers with wireless built in.  Frontier DSL commonly uses Netgear boxes that are made specifically for them.  Charter Cable has also used custom variants of Netgear equipment.

 

That said, it is very possible that the OP is giving us incomplete information due to being a novice as well.

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Okay, after re-going over everyone's suggestions, diagrams and so on, I think I'll do this:

 

Having my current Netgear router-modem just doing what it is now and nothing else, so connecting me to the Net via USB WiFi adapter.  Then I'll have a WiFi net' adapter connected to the ethernet port and a switch connected to the adapter (or is it the other way round - please advise...). :)

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Okay, after re-going over everyone's suggestions, diagrams and so on, I think I'll do this:

 

Having my current Netgear router-modem just doing what it is now and nothing else, so connecting me to the Net via USB WiFi adapter.  Then I'll have a WiFi net' adapter connected to the ethernet port and a switch connected to the adapter (or is it the other way round - please advise...). :)

How are you going to connect the 'WiFi net adapter' to the Ethernet port? After all its a wireless adapter and not wired.

itGeeks, Netgear actually does make some modem/routers with wireless built in.  Frontier DSL commonly uses Netgear boxes that are made specifically for them.  Charter Cable has also used custom variants of Netgear equipment.

 

That said, it is very possible that the OP is giving us incomplete information due to being a novice as well.

Thanks for the info, Yes that's y I asked for the model number so we all know what the OP is dealing with. 

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Well, for my Internet connection I currently have a USB WiFi adapter communicating with my Netgear WiFi router which means that my ethernet port is still available or free.  I assumed you could also get WiFi adapters that plug into an ethernet port, otherwise I don't understand how this works.  

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I've never seen or heard of a WiFi adapter that used the RJ45 port.  I mean, what's the purpose?   Your performance using a server over a WiFi connection is not going to be a nice one.

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Well, for my Internet connection I currently have a USB WiFi adapter communicating with my Netgear WiFi router which means that my ethernet port is still available or free.  I assumed you could also get WiFi adapters that plug into an ethernet port, otherwise I don't understand how this works.  

External WiFi adapters are USB. Internal PC WiFi adapters are PCIe based. Your notebook should have WiFi built in.

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Well, for my Internet connection I currently have a USB WiFi adapter communicating with my Netgear WiFi router which means that my ethernet port is still available or free.  I assumed you could also get WiFi adapters that plug into an ethernet port, otherwise I don't understand how this works.  

If you wanted to use the Ethernet port but could not make a home run to your switch then Powerline networking is what you want and this would be better then wireless for streaming.

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If you wanted to use the Ethernet port but could not make a home run to your switch then Powerline networking is what you want and this would be better then wireless for streaming.

Another option would be MoCA if you have coax running threw your house, MoCA has come a long way and in lots of cases would perform better then Powerline networking. Both MoCA and Powerline is a better option then wireless. http://www.actiontec.com/products/14.php

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EQ4BQG/ref=twister_B008ODMSO6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

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I've never seen or heard of a WiFi adapter that used the RJ45 port.  I mean, what's the purpose?   Your performance using a server over a WiFi connection is not going to be a nice one.

Agreed

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ajac63, you still haven't answered itGeek's question, which is quite an important one, to offer you better assistance.

Can you look on the Netgear router, find the model number, and post it here? N300 is just a standard for wireless, it is not a true model number.  There should be a sticker on the Netgear product that says "Model Number" and then provides it.  Usually with Netgear, it is 3-4 letters followed by 3-4 numbers.

 

For example, the Netgear WNDR3700 is just one of dozens of router model numbers.

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