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Is ethernet port required for wireless?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by dolittle, Oct 17, 2003.

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  1. dolittle

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    Hello,
    First let me say that I am pretty clueless regarding networking but I would like to set up a wireless network between my desktop PC (upstairs) and laptop downstairs.

    My PC has no Ethernet port but does have several free USB ports. I am currently running a DSL modem that is USB and Ethernet capable to one of the USB ports. This PC is running Windows 98. My laptop has a PC card slot, an Ethernet and USB port, and runs Windows ME.

    After much research, I assume I need 1) a wireless base station for upstairs, and 2) a wireless PC Card Adaptor for the laptop.

    Do I need to install an Ethernet PCI adaptor for the base station or can I buy a wireless USB adaptor (I assume this allows Ethernet hardware to plug into a USB port????)

    Also, when I check my Hardware in the System Properties menu, under Networking (in addition to my modem) I have listed a "Microsoft Virtual Private Networking Adaptor". What is this and do I need it to network (told you I was clueless!)?

    One last minor question, I also have an Apple laptop. Would that network through the system too even though it is an Apple? (I am primarily interested in giving it the ability to use my modem). Would I need some sort of adaptor card for it too?

    Have heard good things about Microsoft's products if anyone has any input there. But mainly, I just want to make sure I order the right things to make it all work! Thanks in advance for any assistance!
    Sarah
     
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    I second the broadband router idea. If gives you a hardware firewall, switch, wireless connections, all in one package. You can pick up Ethernet NICs for $10 or less on www.pricewatch.com, so that's not a big issue.
     
  4. dolittle

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    Thanks to both LwdSquashman and johnwill for the advice. Sounds like a good (and cheaper) plan. But could either of you tell me what the difference between A, B, and G wireless is? I assume that the router plugs into the modem and the NIC card goes into the laptop. Would this system allow me to print from my downstairs laptop (to the printer connected to my PC upstairs) and file share, or would it just allow me the use of the modem for internet access? Thanks again for any further insight you might have!
     
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    The cheap one is the 802.11b 11mhz standard. 802.11g is a 54mhz version that also supports compatibility with 802.11b. Both of these run at 2.4ghz carrier.

    802.11a is incompatible with either of the other standards, and runs at 5ghz carrier.
     
  7. dolittle

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    Thanks for the info everybody. I found the article very helpful (there were other useful articles on that site too). I think I have a better grasp of the matter now and hopefully am ready to order the equipment and set it up! Thanks again to all of you!:)
     
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