Upgrading Broadband to Wireless

  longbelly 09:39 06 Jan 2009
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I have a PC running on Vista with a broadband connection via a BT Voyager 210 router and ethernet.

I have recently purchased a small laptop mainly for travelling but also used at home. The laptop has both ethernet and wireless connectivity.

I wish to change my broadband to wireless so I can use the laptop anywhere within the home, but not sure how to go about it? The PC does not have a wireless function, so does this mean buying some sort of wireless 'duberry' to plug into the ethernet port of the PC? Or does it go into a USB port and if so will I need drivers - also I always thought broadband via USB is inferior to USB?

  Technotiger 09:44 06 Jan 2009

You need a Wireless Router, if BT is your ISP you should ask them for the BT HomeHub wireless router, you should be able to get one FOC.

Or, here are a selection of Wireless Routers click here

  longbelly 09:53 06 Jan 2009

Thank you, I did realise I needed a wireless router. But as my PC doesn't have wireless capability, don't I need something else to plug into the ethernet or USB port.

  Technotiger 10:04 06 Jan 2009

As you are already running on an Ethernet connection, that same connection will be used for the Wireless Router, via Ethernet cable just as at present.

  Technotiger 10:05 06 Jan 2009

PS - the Wireless Router provides your PC with the Wireless capability.

  longbelly 10:49 06 Jan 2009

Yes, my PC is running on an Ethernet connection. So if I understand you, a Wireless Router will attch to my PC's Ethernet port by cable (without any plug adapter etc) and my laptop will connect wirelessly?

  Technotiger 10:59 06 Jan 2009

Correct!

Happy surfing .........

  palinka 11:03 06 Jan 2009

Yes,your last posting is correct, longbelly.
That is exactly the set-up I have.
My router is a now fairly old BT one -"BT voyager 2100 wireless ADSL"; my desktop PC is attached by an ethernet cable; my laptop is wireless. And provided that the modem is switched on, the laptop connects even if the desktop PC is switched off.

  longbelly 11:17 06 Jan 2009

Many thanks - I've got it!

  longbelly 12:11 06 Jan 2009

I now find out that from Bt I WILL need an adapter to plu into my PC so that it will work with their wirelss home hub. Any ideas where I find this please?

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