Ethernet advice

  bananaz 15:56 16 Jan 2006
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Hi, im using a BT voyager 100 usb modem to connect my dell dimension PC (XP SP2) via AOL 2Mb broadband. I have an PCI ethernet card already inside my tower & would like some advice on where & what i need to start with please.
I have searched all over this & many other sites, but as a newbie im a bit lost.
My PC is situated in another room & i have a phone line extension lead running to my PC, so im thinking that a wireless router is the way to go. However, i have seen these wireless PCI adapters bundled with wireless routers & im really not sure if i need both items? Otherwise would i be correct in thinking that i could just buy a wireless router & run it off the landline extension (like the USB modem) & then connect it straight into my ethernet PCI card? Which cuts out the PCI adapter, but does still leave cables all over the place. Im at a loss as to what to do. The reasons for wanting to change over to ethernet, are the facts that its more reliable & quicker than a standard USB modem & i will also be able to connect laptops (wireless) etc.
Would you also be so kind as to point me in the right direction of a suitable router please?
Thankyou in advance kind ppl.

  Forum Editor 16:20 16 Jan 2006

1. Buy a wireless router/modem, connect it directly to the phone point, and install a wireless network card in one of your computer's PCI slots. That's the 'no wires' solution.

2. Buy a modem/router and connect it to your computer via an ethernet cable, in which case you would - as you said - use the computer's LAN port.

My advice is to buy a modem/router combination, and slot a PCI wireless adapter into your computer. An hour or so of setting up, and you have a wireless broadband service.

  Forum Editor 16:24 16 Jan 2006

I forgot to recommend a router.

I'm currently using a BT Voyager 2110 at home - it's an excellent router. There are others of course, and I've been very happy with both Netgear and Belkin models in my office.

  bananaz 16:49 16 Jan 2006

I dont have a free PCI slot left, but i am going to remove the voice/fax dail up modem as i have never used it, which means i can then go with your favoured option 1. Are all wireless adapters fine to use with the BT Voyager 2110 at home?

thanks for you help.

  Forum Editor 17:54 16 Jan 2006

with mixing wireless adapters and routers. The adapter has a pretty simple job to do. Normally I use either Belkin or Linksys models, but that's just a personal preference thing.

  bananaz 18:35 16 Jan 2006

ok thanks very much indeed for your advice, im off to purchase them.

cheers.

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