switch to broadband & wireless enable pc

  semaj36 13:36 26 Jan 2008

We currently have a pc (DELL) with dial-up connection; the pc is not wireless enabled. We have a laptop which is wireless enabled. We want to switch to bt broadband for both the pc & the laptop to be able to use a wireless connection.
How do we do this, please?

  Forum Editor 13:51 26 Jan 2008

to buy a wireless router - it doesn't have to be a BT model.

Then you'll need a wireless adapter for your Dell PC. That can either be an internal, PCI card type, or an external USB model.

You connect the router to the BT ADSL line, via a microfilter. You can buy these for a couple of pounds at any decent computer shop, and you'll need one for every phone extension in the house that has any kind of device connected to it - like a phone, or a fax machine. If you don't do this you'll get bad crackling on the line, and the fax won't work.

Once you've connected your router to the phone line, connect one of the computers to it using the ethernet cable that's supplied; it doesn't matter which computer you use. Connect the router to a power supply and turn on the computer.

Launch your web browser, and enter the router's address - it will be provided in the literature that comes with it. That will allow you to access the router's configuration interface where you enter your BT broadband username and password. When you've done this you'll be asked to connect, and your rouiter will establish a connection with BT broadband - you're now on the web.

You can now remove the ethernet cable connection between router and computer, and use your new wireless connection on both machines.

The router will in future establish the connection automatically, each time you switch it on. I don't recommend that you leave it on permanently, there are security risks attached to leaving a router running all the time, and it's not necessary.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:57 26 Jan 2008

You will need a "ADSL wireless router" click here (maybe BT will provide one when you switch depending on the package you opt for)

The router connects to the phone line, you connect to the router by using an ethernet cable to set up the username and password in the router and wireless security.

You can either install a wireless card click here if you have a spare PCI slot or use a USB wireless dongle click here (you don't then have to open the case).

The you run the wireless networking wizard on your PC to connect to the router same on the laptop.

  Graham. 14:03 26 Jan 2008

For the PC you will need a LAN card. If it doesn't have one, you will need click here, for example.

This is to enable the set-up of a wireless router.

You will also need a wireless adapter, either click here or click here

Is BT going to supply a wireless router, or just a modem?

  Graham. 14:05 26 Jan 2008

Ignore the LAN card, the laptop will have one.

  semaj36 15:39 26 Jan 2008

Thanks for your clear instructions; when you set out the steps so clearly, we wonder why we couldn't work it out for ourselves!

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