can the ntl modem be connected straight to a wireless access point as i have a friend that just biought a laptopp with wireless and wants to be able to use the internet around the house on the back of the modem/router there is usb and ethernet port any help?
NTL recommend that you use the Ethernet port. On my set up (If I remember correctly), the NTL cable goes directly into the Wireless Access Point. A cable from there then goes into the Ethernet Port on my Desktop PC. I can then connect my wireless enabled Laptop to connect to the Internet without my Desktop PC having to be switched on (apart from at the electric point). Hope ethis helps.
sorry, i understand that, but in the wireless point i have there is only one ethernet pot that is available, which is the input port, is this on all access points or just mine i was looking at the linksys one to buying for my access point
Apology accepted. What you are trying to do is "split" your broadband between 2 devices and for that you really need a router. You can get a wireless router for about the same price as an access point; this will have, obviously, a wireless output and 4 wired ports.
If his ntl modem has a DHCP server in it then presumably he could connect the access point directly to the ethernet port and connect wirelessly to his laptop - I have no experience of this - I would recommend the wireless router path.