When I tried to install AOL Broadband Silver, my (perfectly adequate spec) desktop crashed. AOL told me that it was because it was sited more than 10 m from the point where the BT line enters the house - true, but they don't warn you of that when you order it! There's a regular BT extension cable between the two. For various reasons, I don't want to move the desktop, and I'd like my wife's laptop (elsewhere in the house) to use broadband too. Someone told me I needed a "wireless router" - AOL's cunningly named Help deny that such a thing would work. I've told neither that there's a 2 ft thick sandstone wall in direct line between the BT entry point and the desktop.
Do I need wholesale rewiring, or would a wireless router sort me out? I'd be really interested to see what people think!
About £90 from PC World Netgear DG834GT. Like you I have just upgraded to AOL silver--Its fast enough for me--- And decided to go wireless which as someone has mentioned AOL will not support. With no previous knowledge I installed most of it but had a friend (Taff tm who comes on here )to do some tweaking and network my laptop and desktop together along with the printers. Have tried laptop inside a double skinned brick garage which is 50 feet from router and all works well
Pharte To clarify ---Both are attached but only one can access internet at a time. But there again I cant be in 2 places at the same time ,----so no bother to me. plus I guarantee the one I mentioned does work. ----------- Otherwise I am on this forum only as a figment of my imagination .
PS who am I and where amI? The answer is 42 (Ford Prefect )
"""When I tried to install AOL Broadband Silver, my (perfectly adequate spec) desktop crashed. AOL told me that it was because it was sited more than 10 m from the point where the BT line enters the house"""
As far as I know, that is absolute rubbish ! The distance of a PC from the main telephone box does NOT cause a PC to crash. It might cause you to be unable to connect to the broadband, but will not cause a PC to crash !
Pharte - You mean only one will be able to log into AOL at any one time. Driving Man`s set up allows both to access the internet, one on AOL and the other using IE/OE - either combination. Once a computer has logged on to AOL through the router the other can do so without logging in.
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