Am I being ripped off on setting up a wireless nwk

  knobler 14:08 31 Dec 2003

I have a PC with an external speedtouch modem and want to network it to a new laptop.

I went to Micro Anvika who have told me that I need the following:

Netgear ADSL Modem + Firewall + router + Wireless for £175.00

Netgear wireless Lan card PCMCIA for £65.00

Linksys wireless PCI Card for £65.00

£305??? - It's sounds a lot of money!! - I was told that I would need a new modem as I was on broadband!! - Sitting here scratching my head after a wasted shopping trip - Any offers of help in simple computer idiots language?!

  powerless 14:11 31 Dec 2003

You would need a ethernet modem (do they make them?) to connect to a wireless router. s the speedtouch is usb, you cannot connect it to the router.

So a modem, wireless router, firewall etc (all in one) is what you need.

Do you have a laptop or a desktop?

  TheTerminator 14:12 31 Dec 2003

I have a PC with an external speedtouch modem and want to network it to a new laptop.
I went to Micro Anvika who have told me that I need the following:
I set my network up this morning:

Netgear ADSL Modem + Firewall + router + Wireless - I paid 129.99 and it is cheaper online

Netgear wireless Lan card PCMCIA for £65.00
I bought another brand one for 35.00

Linksys wireless PCI Card for £65.00
i bought a usb wireless card for 30.00

Just over 200 quid - a saving of 100. It appears that they are over charging you substantially.

The modem you buy is built into the router etc, and I was told there are some perks to this, in that its flash memory saves your settings and what not, and what you have is a backup modem now.

  gold 47 14:18 31 Dec 2003

Speedtouch work with AOL is that your ISP?if so they told me AOL Broadband won't work with wireless products this could be an AOL ploy
but could be a waste of money if you are not with AOL good luck.

  LeadingMNMs 14:37 31 Dec 2003

The prices depend on what you want to do and whether you want an 11Mbps or 54Mbps network. The slower speed is alot cheaper. I got a wireless router, modem and switch combined for £80 from dabs, a wireless PCI NIC off ebay for £20 and I think i've seen wireless PCMCIA NIC for £10 before. Total is only £110 or even cheaper if you connect the computer to the router directly thus removing the wireless PCI NIC and replacing it with a NIC (about £5) and a short straight through cable, which should take it down to less than £100.

  knobler 14:43 31 Dec 2003

Powerless - I have a desktop at present which is the main link for Broadband at present and want to connect a laptop via wireless so that I can wonder arounder around the house!

Terminator - R U saying that this is the only way to get connected for wireless - i.e id the info. that they are giving me correct?

Gold 47 - I have Tiscali so I suppose that this is the same situation?!

  LeadingMNMs 14:44 31 Dec 2003

Another question.
Do you want both computers to want simultaneous internet access or just one at a time ?

  knobler 14:47 31 Dec 2003

Leading MNMs

Sorry - what's an NIC?!

I also have the problem of not knowing what to exactly ask for.

  knobler 14:48 31 Dec 2003


Yes, I both want them to access the internet via a broadband connection at the same time.

  LeadingMNMs 14:51 31 Dec 2003

NIC - Network interface Card or LAN Card

  LeadingMNMs 14:53 31 Dec 2003

Do you know what speed you want the network to run at ? I would have thought the slower 11Mbps would be adequate to network two computers together, but others may disagree.

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