Do I need to use ethernet cable

  chochi 19:04 24 Nov 2010
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At the moment I have PC connected to Broadband with ethernet cable and laptop connected wirelessly. Going to do away with PC and get another laptop. Does one of them have to be connected with ethernet cable, or can they both be used wirelessly. Probably a silly question, but I'm not too savvy with networking yet.

  heymin 20:19 24 Nov 2010

You can connect them both wirelessly, but probably best to connect the new laptop with the cable first time then go wireless

  mgmcc 08:26 25 Nov 2010

You only need to use a "wired" ethernet connection for either the initial configuration of a *ROUTER* or any subsequent changes to its "wireless" settings.

As your router is already set up, you should be able to connect a new Laptop to it wirelessly straight away. Using an ethernet cable wouldn't achieve anything, other than proving that a "wired" connection works.

  Cyrilthepost 23:57 25 Nov 2010

So mgmcc,your not really wieless if you connected with ethernet cable then?so if i pull that out i'll be wireless then will i.

  rdave13 15:25 26 Nov 2010

When you get your new laptop it will search for wireless connections automatically. ( Make sure the wireless switch is on). Select your router and type in the security key etc. as with the other laptop. No need to connect it initially with an ethernet cable.

  chochi 12:04 27 Nov 2010

Thanks for all replies. That helps a lot. Will tick as resolved.

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