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Connecting Laptop to the Internet

Discussion in 'Networking' started by atm37, May 12, 2005.

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  1. atm37

    atm37 Thread Starter

    May 12, 2005
    Hi. I'm thinking of buying a laptop to replace my desktop PC and then just keep my desktop around for miscellaneous purposes. I have a broadband connection here at home and I would like to be able to connect both my laptop and the desktop to that connection. How would I go about doing that? I'm guessing a router is in order, though I'm not sure how they work or how to set one up. Should I get a wireless router to be used with my laptop? Also, I want to be able to connect to the Internet through my laptop even if I'm not at home, so how do I do that? Do I need a dial-up connection from a nation-wide company? What companies could I do this through? I don't need any special features from the company, I just want to be able to get online anywhere/time. Thanks for your help.
  2. gerred


    Apr 27, 2005
    1. Yes you need a router like this (but dependant on whether your connection is cable or adsl):
    a. wired: http://www.netgear.com/products/details/DG834.php
    b. wireless: http://www.netgear.com/products/details/WGT624.php
    2. Set up is real real real easy and all necessary instructions come with the router.
    3. wired v wireless is a massive debate. If both machines are in the same room wire them to the router, of course if you want to use the laptop elsewhere in the house then it has to be wireless or a very long cable : )
    If going wireless ensure you set up security.

    Using the laptop away from home will mean either a dial up connection or a friends broadband connection or a wireless access point in starbucks or somehere.

    You'll find everything you need to know about networking here:
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