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Wireless and Broadband

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Brian Fowler, Sep 19, 2004.

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  1. Brian Fowler

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    I am considering buying a Broadband wireless adaptor

    I have a Dell Laptop & A new PC on order
    I have broad band and use a Netopia modem

    What do I need to go wireless?
    Any idea of the problems I might encounter?
    Will it work in different rooms?

    Brian
    Dublin
     
  2. Enstygator

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    You will need a wireless router and wireless cards on both computers to share Internet access. If you're new to wireless networking, I suggest you buy either a Linksys or SMC brand of router, as they're pretty easy to configure, and the same on the wireless ethernet cards. Most likely, you're new laptop will already have a built in wireless g card, so you probably don't need one for the laptop. As for the desktop, you can either get a pci wireless ethernet card, or a USB card. The difference in the two will be the speed of file transfer for file sharing. I'll come back later and add more info as time allows. Yes, you should be able to access the Internet in different rooms with no problems. There are a few things that might affect it, but with the newer routers and cards, it's usually really minor stuff. Compared to hard wired systems, the wireless is pretty close as to speed for Internet usage. For file transfers across a local network, there's where you'll find the speed difference, but it's still fast enough. I wired my home several years ago with cat5 wire. I now have everything wireless so my wife can rearrange the furniture as she pleases, and I still have broadband Internet. I'm very happy with the wireless.
     
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    Here's a tutorial to read on setting up your wireless network. You can also search on Google for more reading material regarding setting up a wireless network. Click on the link below:

    Wireless Networking
     
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    You can shop around to find the best prices on what you need. Linksys brand wi-Fi components are pretty much available anywhere you shop. If you want the cheapest, go with the Wireless "B". Wireless "G" is the newer technology, and more easier to find. Here's a link to what a wireless router looks like:

    Wireless routers

    Here's a link to a pci or USB wireless ethernet card for your desktop pc:

    Wireless adaptors

    Check with the manufacturers specs on your new Dell laptop. I'm almost certain that it's a standard component added to all new Dell laptops to have a built in wireless ethernet adaptor. Just in case, here's what you need for the laptop if it doesn't include one:

    PCMCIA Wireless ethernet cards
     
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