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internet access for laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by khiam, May 27, 2004.

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  1. khiam

    khiam Thread Starter

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    I have a gateway laptop (win xp) and would like ot make it internet accessible, by routing it to my desktop (have lyncsys router) and also being able to use it on the go - airport terminals, hotels,relative's house, etc. I'm an amatuer, so be gentle - but how do I go about hooking this all up?

    thanks for your help :cool:
    Karen
     
  2. WarC

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    On your laptop's end you'll need a wireless network card. It will automatically join the network with the strongest signal and you can then surf the web freely as long as your in range of an open access point.

    For networking using CAT-5 cable (the big blue telephone cord lookin stuff) you'll either have a connection in the back of your laptop or you'll have to buy a second networking card (doh!) for your laptop..this one with a plug for CAT-5 obviously. You may be able to buy network cards that are both wired and wireless but I'm not sure on that. Check the Linksys website.

    Linksys sells these and you'd be best off buying from them for compatibility reasons. With the included CD it basically walks you through setting it up and physically getting the laptop on the network. The biggest trouble is finding a spot where you can get online...And the wireless cards for laptops generally have crappy range.

    With Windows 2000 or XP you'll have two network connections which you can then rename to "Wired" and "Wireless" for instance, so its less confusing. It will switch connections on the fly depending on what connection your using, and this way you can have the wired network on a set IP address and let the wireless roam.
     
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    The above post assumes your router is already set up, if not you will need to set that up first. Just ask and I or someone else will gladly blab the directions out.
     
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