My router has packed up so I am in the market for a new one.
I am on cable (with Virgin) and have 2 laptops (both wifi enabled) in the house and one desktop (which is upstairs - the cable modem is downstairs) and has a wireless network card installed and my Wii and DS (possibly thinking about getting a wireless surveillance camera but that's not for a while yet).
My router that has died is a D-Link and was dead easy to set up and has been very reliable until recently (I've had it about 6 or 7 years) so ideally I'm confortable with D-link and would *prefer* to stick with D-Link unless there's something amazingly better out there that you can recommend.
1. Will it allow all three computers to be online at once, plus the other stuff? 2. Will the coverage be good? I have a 3 bed house. 3. Will I be able to set up a home network easily enough with it? 4. Have you any advice/help to add......?
No I didn't have a network with the old router because everytime i tried to do it, it required a flash drive to take the settings between computers, but the router didn't have a USB port so I never got very far. From what I can gather this one does have a USB port and I'm guessing it will be fairly simple to setup?
You *DO NOT* require a flash drive to transfer settings between computers in order to set up a network and the USB port on the router is not for that purpose.
Basically, to set up a network you need to set any folders that you want to have available over the network as "shared" by right clicking and selecting the "Sharing & Security" option. Then ensure that any firewall software is configured to allow access to the networked computers. Similarly, set any printers as "shared" and I have details for setting up a Network Printer in either XP or Vista at click here
Additionally, if using Vista, go into the "Network & Sharing Centre" and enable:
- Network Discovery - File Sharing - Public Folder Sharing - Printer Sharing (if the printer is attached to the Vista PC)
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