Going Wirless - starting out

  Tinderstick 13:47 02 Jan 2006
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Hi,

I currently have Dell Inspiron 9300 and Telewest B'band using a 'Surfbox'. Anyone know if I can use any Wirless Router with Telewest? Also, do I need anything else to get started?

Thanks

  mgmcc 15:29 02 Jan 2006

You can use any "stand-alone" Wireless Router, often described as a "Cable/DSL Router", with Telewest. Just be very careful *NOT* to get a combined "Router & ADSL Modem" as these are only for use with ADSL broadband delivered via the phone line.

I use a Buffalo router with Telewest - click here - but models from any of the mainstream suppliers such as Belkin, Netgear, D-Link, Linksys etc, should be fine. Obviously the computer you are connecting wirelessly to the router with needs to have a Wireless Network Adapter installed.

  Tinderstick 20:28 02 Jan 2006

also, I wondered what kind of range these routers have? I only want to use it with one Laptop and live in a small flat. But, if I wanted to take it to my Dad's, could I take the router to his house and use it to connect to his AOL broadband?? Thanks

  mgmcc 23:52 02 Jan 2006

<<< I wondered what kind of range these routers have? >>>

My Cable Modem and the Router are in a small upstairs room. I get a very good signal and reliable connection when using a laptop in the Living Room downstairs, so a flat shouldn't be a problem.

<<< But, if I wanted to take it to my Dad's, could I take the router to his house and use it to connect to his AOL broadband?? >>>

Only if he has AOL in conjunction with the NTL Cable Service. If his connection is ADSL via the phone line, then your "Cable" router won't work.

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