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Do I need a specific type of card?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by defscarlett, Feb 17, 2007.

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  1. defscarlett

    defscarlett Thread Starter

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    I was just given a laptop (IBM Thinkpad 390X - 400Mhz, 128 SDRAM Win XP) and would like to set up a wireless network in my home with my PC. Is there a specific network card I need to get for the laptop since it is pretty old?

    And another similar question:

    I work in a state building as Security and we are allowed to get on our laptops while we are on duty. I have been told by other employees that you need a certain type of wireless card to access the internet wirelessly because of their firewall. Can someone explain this to me in further detail what could be going on?
     
  2. gurutech

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    No, you can use any wireless card. I actually use 2 different kinds on my home network.

    If you are working for the state, and can get your own laptop on their network, you should first of all make sure that you have the latest anti-spyware and anti-virus software on your computer, and make sure you keep it updated! You don't need a specific card to connect to the wireless access point, but you may need to enable a specific type of encryption, such as WEP or WPA (hopefully a minimum of WPA).
     
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