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Connecting laptop to share cable Internet

Discussion in 'Networking' started by bps164, Jun 20, 2006.

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  1. bps164

    bps164 Thread Starter

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    I just got my very first laptop and have been searching for simple instructions on connecting it to my current home Internet connection (Comcast cable). I already have a router, but it is not wireless as it came from Vonage (Linksys RT31P2). The laptop is Toshiba A105-S2071 with Wireless 802.11g/b.

    Buying a long Ethernet cable seems cumbersome but simple. Would getting a wireless router automatically provide wireless access to the laptop without changing the PC connection (and with no fees from my ISP)?

    Both computers have Windows XP. Once I get connected, what utility should I use to configure this little network and protect it? I'll need to transfer files from the laptop to the PC periodically.
    Thanks.
     
  2. jmwills

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    Yes, you need a wireless router and XP has a built in utility for hanlding the connection whihc is better than the one provided by the maker of the wireless card.
     
  3. bps164

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    If someone can state the requirements and cost of connecting wireless versus just making a physical connection, I think that is what I'm really looking for.
     
  4. jmwills

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    Computers with wireless network cards figure $40 each, wired ethernet will already been on each machine.
    Wireless routers range from $30 to $150.
     
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    so you have wireless already on PC
    and you have a modem router
    so you could just buy a wireless access point and plug that into the router - or a wireless router
    Netgear
    D-link
    Linksys
    are all makes to look at

    now you need to also consider distance away from the router and whats inbetween - Things like walls etc etc do reduce the signal.

    make sure you keep upto date with windows secruity updates - have firewalls, virus scanners and spyware checkers and you should be cool
     
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