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I bought my wife a laptop for Christmas. I have a desktop PC with a broadband connection. Can I setup the laptop to share my PC broadband instead of having to buy a separate broadband package for the laptop. If so, what additional hardware, etc. will be required. The computers will be used in separate rooms.
Here is an example of what will get you going. click here This will attach the main PC to the Broadband signal via a cable. Then with the included adapter you can send the broadband signal wirelessly to the laptop. Also check to see if your wife's laptop is already wireless enabled. If it is then you only need the router and not the included adapter, which will make the purchase about £15-£20 cheaper. Obviously at these time of year there may be bargains around, like I say this one is just one example of many vailable.
Yes you can. The hardware that you need depends if you are on cable (NTL Telewest etc) or adsl (BT, and most of them).
If you are on adsl then you will need an adsl wireless broadband router such as the Netgear DG834G or Belkin F5D7632uk4. If you're on NTL/Telewest cable supply then Netgear WGR614 or Belkin F5D7230uk4.
If the laptop is wireless enables then you don't need anything else for it. If not then you'll need a PCMCIA wireless card such as the Netgear WG511 or Belkin F5D7010uk
If your PC has a network card / port then you won't need anything else for it. If not then a NIC such as the Netgear FA311 or Belkin F5D5000uk.
If that's the model that retails for £70 before any seller discounts, then I can thoroughly recommend it for its easy setup and strength of signal even through solid walls. I bought one a couple of weeks ago at PC World's online discount price of £59.
To create a wireless network for Internet access and File/Printer sharing, you have essentially two options:
1) Install a Wireless Network Adapter in each PC and create an “Ad Hoc” Wireless Network. This is a network in which the two PCs talk directly with one another, rather than via a Wireless Access Point. “Internet Connection Sharing” is then enabled on the actual Internet connection in the “host” PC and the “client” PC will have Internet access provided the “host” is running and online.
When you enable “Internet Connection Sharing” on the Internet connection, it automatically configures the Local Area Connection with the IP address 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0. However, as you will be using a WiFi adapter, you want this address to be allocated to it, rather than a “wired” Ethernet adapter if you have one fitted, so the Local Area Connection should be disabled before setting up “Internet Connection Sharing”. Also, if you run the Zone Alarm firewall in your “Host” PC, the Internet Zone Security level must be reduced from High to Medium or “ICS” traffic will be blocked. The "Client" PC's Local Area Connection should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the "Host" PC.
2) The preferred option for connecting more than one computer is to use a broadband Router and, with ADSL, this should be a combined “Router/ADSL Modem”. This is an ”Infrastructure” wireless network because the connected PCs communicate via the router’s Wireless Access Point. Again, a wireless adapter is installed in any PC that needs to connect wirelessly, but often the main PC is close enough to the router for it to use a “wired” connection with only the remote PC connecting wirelessly
With a router, it is the router which connects directly to the ISP and not one of the connected PCs. The router in turn allocates the IP addresses to the PCs, using one of the address ranges reserved for Local Area Networks, usually 192.168.xxx.xxx
Either of these options will additionally allow you to run File and/or Printer Sharing wirelessly across the network.
If you are running software firewalls, the IP addresses of the networked PCs must be put into its "trusted" area to allow them to communicate with one another.
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