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  1. john god

    john god Thread Starter

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    I have a dell windows 98 pc with dial up. I want to change and get a cable internet for me and my son.
    They said I need a ethernet port and a router. I do not have a ethernet port on back of my pc. Is there anyway I could have one installed? I was given a Linksys wireless-b 2.4GHz Broadband Router. It doesn't have a disk or card with it. Would I be able to use this?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank-You
    John God
     
  2. CouchMaster

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    You will have to buy and install the ethernet card - the cable company should give you the high speed modem to go with their service and if you only have one computer to hook up I can't see that you need a router. You might have a look at http://www.newegg.com for hardware.
     
  3. john god

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    CouchMaster
    Thanks for your quick response.
    I will be connecting 2 pc's. Mine and my sons.
    Does the ethernet card go inside the pc tower?
    Will I be able to install myself?
    Thanks again
    John God
     
  4. johnpost

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    for 2 machines you will use the router

    each machine will need an ethernet jack, for a desktop machine
    you can get a card (know your slot type, see if have one empty)
    it goes inside pc tower. can buy cards at electronic/computer
    stores in most any city, also easy to mailorder/weborder, it's
    a very common item.

    you can install yourself, they come with good directions (usually)
    and software

    your hookup would be

    cable into cable-modem then ethernet cable to router then ethernet
    cables to each pc which has an ethernet jack
     
  5. john god

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    johnpost

    Thanks for your reply.
    Just got the Linksys 10/100 EtherFast PCI Adapter.
    Other pc has one.
    Can I use my wireless router even if I go wired?
    I have Linksys Wireless-B, 2.4GHz router but do not have the cd/rom .

    Thanks Again
    John God
     
  6. johnpost

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    i read your post without enough care or memory. you said
    that you had a wireless router and I made a reply about a
    wired router. sorry. the part that would change is you
    wouldn't have cables running to each pc from the router,
    you would have radio signals.

    so correctly for a wireless router

    your hookup would be
    cable into cable-modem then ethernet cable to router
    each pc which has an wireless receiver

    if you want to go wired then you would need to get a
    wired router. trying to mix wired and wireless is just
    costly if you don't need it, it is OK if adding onto
    system.

    if both machines are destops and located where a
    cable can run from router to each of them then
    a wired system is fine (faster and more reliable too).

    if one machine is a laptop wanting to use portable or
    running the cables from the router to both machines
    is hard then wireless may be better (though slower).

    so which situation fits you better?

    if one machine alrready has an ethernet port then you
    can get a wireless reciever to plug into that.
     
  7. Nemo2000

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    From experience, I would suggest that it always best to have the /capability/ to connect one of your PCs to your router by wire, even if that is not your normal method of working. Firstly, you will then have a backup means of accessing the Internet if your wireless adaptor fails. Secondly, if you need to diagnose problems with your router/broadband set-up, then by eliminating the wireless connection you elimate one possible problem area straight away.
     
  8. john god

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    Thanks for your replies

    I have a wireless router but without the wireless adapters. I was thinking about going wired since the pc's are only about 50/75' apart One pc has a ethernet port the other, just picked up a ethernet card to install. If I don't need it I'll return. I will need cable to run the wired system. Cable Co. said I need ethernet ports and router. What type cable and/or connectors? Both pc's are desktops.

    Thanks for your time and patience
    John God
     
  9. johnpost

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    you have the wireless router that you were given, you didn't say if you
    know it works. i don't think you should design your network based
    on just having that part, you may not want to use it.

    wired is faster and if it fits your space then do that.

    to go wired you would need to buy a wired router and cable. you can
    buy ethernet cables premade at computer, office supply and electronics
    stores.

    to go wireless you would need a wireless transceiver to plug
    in the computer that has the ethernet port. you would also
    need a wireless card for the other computer (returning the
    wired ethernet card you bought) or buy a wireless tranceiver
    for that computer too, using the wired ethernet card you
    bought.

    so price out buying a wired router and cable, which is
    all you need to go wired at this point.

    price out a wireless transceiver (or two with what
    you already have) or a wireless card (with a
    return of the wired card).

    you haven't stated if the wireless router works
    and you still need software for it.

    wired is faster and more reliable.

    if your wireless router worked it may be a bit
    cheaper in initial cost but not much.

    i would go wired if you could the speed is
    worth it and the system is less complex.
     
  10. dustyjay

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    Depending on the model wireless router you should be able to connect to it wired for both computers. The problem with using a wireless connection to your router is that if you do not use an encrypted connection that others can access your network and possibly the information on your computer. I would suggest if you do not have a mobile computer that you go ahead and connect to the router wired using the NIC you purchased. You can disable the wireless portion of the router going into the router setup. Setting up a wireless connection will require that you purchase a wireless card for your PC and these are typically more expensive than a wired Network Interface Card (NIC).
     
  11. john god

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    I do not know if the wireless router works or not. Its a Linksys wireless-B, 2.4.
    What would I need total to go wired? I think this is how I'm going.
    John God
     
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    You would need a NIC on both PC's (you say one computer already has one and you purchased a NIC that you would need to install), You would need the Cat5e cables to connect between your router and the computers. A simple network switch would work and is cheaper than a router. You would need a Cat5e cable to go between the router and your highspeed modem. If the Linksys router you were given works you can use that. it would require a little more setup than a network switch (Hub).
     
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    One other thought, you need to make sure that your Nick setup disk has the drivers for WIn98SE on it.
     
  14. johnpost

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    you have an ethernet jack already in one computer. you bought
    an ethernet card for the other.

    to go wired you need a wired router and cables to go from the
    router to each pc (you can buy those premade in long lengths
    at computer, office and electronic stores), a shorter ethernet
    cable to go between cable modem and router.

    a person mentioned that there are routers that are both
    wired and wireless. i didn't look up your model to see
    what it was. a wireless only router would have a power
    jack and an ethernet jack as an input. if it was a
    combination wireless/wired router in addition to that
    it would have more ethernet jacks as outputs.

    so if your router isn't a combination wired/wireless type
    then you need to buy:

    a wired router
    ethernet cables long enough to go from router to each pc
    ethernet cable to go from cable modem to router, probably a shortie
     
  15. Nemo2000

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    A further word of caution.....some models of router only have one Ethernet port. If that is the cae with yours, then you need either to use wireless for your second PC or to buy an Ethernete Switch, connect both PCs to the switch and then the switch to the router.
    As mentioned already, wired Ethernet is (usually) fatser than wireless, bout on the other hand is you need the switch it's another device and another power brick and another mains socket etc......
    I know it's easy to be wise after the event, but this is a lesson in planning things out carefulyl and checking the equipment before you buy :)
     
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