new to wireless!!some simple questions!

  moby58 12:42 03 Apr 09
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I'm just about to install a wireless router,for my laptop[virgin 54mbps],and have some questions.What happens to my printer/external hard drive/external cd...as they are all connected to the laptop.Will I have to connect them each time I need them?And is the idea to be running laptop off the battery?Or should I plug in the power supply wherever I take it?Any other tips or warnings as I venture into the Wireless World??Thanks in advance.....

  MAJ 12:51 03 Apr 09

"What happens to my printer/external hard drive/external cd...as they are all connected to the laptop"

Nothing, just continue using them as you normally do.


"And is the idea to be running laptop off the battery?Or should I plug in the power supply wherever I take it?"

You can do either as you wish, so long as the battery is charged.


"Any other tips or warnings as I venture into the Wireless World??"

Just make sure that you have wireless security set up on the router, choose the WPA-PSK option in the settings. Check out the router's manual on how to set that up.

  moby58 12:58 03 Apr 09

Thanks for your help...How can the printer/cd etc still work when they aren't physically connected to the side of laptop?Sorry to be so dumb!

  moby58 13:24 03 Apr 09

have moved this over to networking.thanks

  MAJ 13:34 03 Apr 09

"How can the printer/cd etc still work when they aren't physically connected to the side of laptop?"

I was assuming that you meant, if the laptop was being used as it is now. If you want to move around with the laptop, then of course you would have to plug the devices in to get them to work.

The router will broadcast the wireless signal which will be picked up by the laptop's built-in wireless card (if it has one, most newish laptops do have one) or by a USB wireless network adapter click here plugged into the laptop. Normally if you're moving round the house or garden, the printer, ext CD player, etc. aren't plugged in. You can print wirelessly using a print server or a network with the printer connected and shared on another computer in the house, but that's a different question to the one you asked.

  Rizlo 14:31 03 Apr 09

Why not upgrade printers etc to wireless. I'm downstairs and my printers upstairs its great.

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