I thought I understood this by reading many many threads on this subject but I am sooooo confused. I have a Dell desktop that has a built-in modem and it connects to the internet by dial-up. (Yes, I live in the hills. I have no options when it comes to this) Now, I have a Dell Vostro 1710 that doesn't have a built-in modem.(Surprised me). I want to use it around the house anywhere, wirelessly. Do I have to buy a modem and a router? I see some routers have built in modems but will they work with dial-up? Or should I use a wireless card on the desktop nd use ISC? What do I need? How do I connect it? Desktop-----router-----modem------laptop? How? Thanks
Could I configure the old computer to share its internet connection, and connect the new computer to the old computer via a crossover network cable or a wireless network card? Then the desktop would have to be always on though, right?
What about this? A friend recommended this but I thought routers wouldn't work?
get a wireless router and use it to create a TCP/IP network between the desktop(NIC) and the laptop(Wireless NIC). You can just wire the router to the desktop, unless you need it to be wireless for some reason.
run the 'network setup wizard' on your desktop to share the modem to your network using internet connection sharing (ICS)
run the 'network setup wizard' on the laptop to use the shared modem connection.
Graham. Google for 'Zoom' bluetooth wireless modem. I use one for dial-up, still and it works very well. You must, of course have a bluetooth dongle on your laptop/desktop to communicate with it. My Zoom modem is plugged into the standard BT phone socket.