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Discussion in 'Networking' started by elotheviking, Jan 24, 2007.

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  1. elotheviking

    elotheviking Thread Starter

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    im not sure were to post this :confused: so i put it here. i got a windows xp laptop and i was wondering if there were any wireless routers that u guys would suggest which i might be able to use with my comp aswell as my ps3 b/c i want to play online. since i have my ps3 kinda far from my modem im lookin for a router which doesnt cost that much and works fine. any help is appreciated as always
     
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    soo... any advice...??
     
  3. TerryNet

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    For your computer and ps3 to work with a wireless router they each need an ethernet adapter or a wireless (Wi-Fi) adapter.

    Typical brands in the US include Belkin, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, TrendNet and Zy-Xel.

    "Kinda far" is OK as long as it's not too far. All the above don't cost that much if you find sales and/or rebates.
     
  4. elotheviking

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    kool appreciate it much
     
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    btw i believe that ppl i bought my laptop from said that it came with the wireless detector or somethin installed... any way i can check?? or will i have to buy the card thingymabob?
     
  6. finito

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    if you have a router, just get a wireless access point.

    Most laptops have a Wireless card, in fact, if you bought your laptop with the time frame of 2005-2007, i am 100% sure you have one.

    if you don't have a router then I would suggest the new N/ Pre - N wireless Routers they have very good range, but they are bit expensive right now.
     
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    Personally, I'd be looking at range extending antennas and the like. Since you need the pre-n stuff on both ends to get any benefit, that's probably kinda' expensive.

    I'd start with one or two hi-gain antennas, and add a signal booster if they don't do the trick.

    Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

    Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

    Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a couple of examples.

    Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

    Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna
     
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    To get the advantages of new N, pre N, turbo, etc., you need to match devices (brand and sometimes chip set). I suggest buy regular 802.11g 54Mbps or wait for the real 802.11n devices unless you find a really good deal on one of the others.

    Look in Device Manager under Network Adapters to see if you have an integrated wireless thingymabob. Note that sometimes a thingymabob is called an adapter. :)
     
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    I have a Linksys N router myself.

    I compared the routers and I must say the range is 50% greater. and i am not using any N devices on the other end...

    works Perfect, only problem is if the technology doesn't catch on its a gg router.
     
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