Going wireless - How???

  [DELETED] 15:01 20 Apr 2006

Hiya all,

Title should really read "wireless for the clueless" - because that's me!

I've just got a new laptop with wireless built in (802.11/g). I've also had Telewest broadband installed, that comes with a modem that connects using a lan cable. With the Lan cable connected between modem & laptop all works fine.

My question is this - can I buy a wireless "widget", connect the modem to the "widget" with the lan cable, then connect the laptop to the "widget" wirelessly? If so what sort of "widget" do I need?

Would it also be possible to connect my old pc to the same "widget" via a Lan cable and share the internet connection between the two computers?

I'm a complete networking/wireless dimbo and have no idea what hardware I need so any help/advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your help


  [DELETED] 15:23 20 Apr 2006

You need a wireless cable/DSL router, and that's it.

Your notebook needs no additions, your desktop will connect via its existing RJ45 Ethernet port (which you must have if you have a cable modem, right?) and said modem will connect to the router.

DO NOT buy a modem/router; they are for ADSL users.

  [DELETED] 16:29 20 Apr 2006

Nice one, thanks. That sounds easy! My old pc does have a RJ45 as you assumed.

Is there a particular make and/or model of router that you would recommend? one that's easy to setup for a novice (me!)

  [DELETED] 16:36 20 Apr 2006

Yes there is; when people have asked me to set up networks for them and have asked what kit they need, I have always bought them a Belkin router, because that's what I have used for the last six months and it has been flawless. Some people have had mixed experiences with them - some of which is purely a case of RTFM - and some of which have been failures, but read the positive responses in this thread click here for some balance. Other than that; buy a 3Com.

  [DELETED] 16:44 20 Apr 2006

Thanks very much for your help, now it's time to surf for that shiny new router...

Thanks again

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