Wireless internet on laptop

  lken 13:28 01 May 07

I have just bought a new laptop with Windows Vista on. I have a old PC (Windows XP)which I will probably get rid of shortly. At the moment I have AOL broadband on my PC. What do I need to do to access the internet wirelessly from my laptop. I know I need a wireless modem/router compatible with AOL, but in what order do I need to do things? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

  Forum Editor 17:54 01 May 07

you'll need a combined modem/wireless router.

You'll also need a wireless adapter for your PC if you want to use it any distance away from the router, although if the two are fairly close together (as they often are) you can connect the PC to the router via an Ethernet cable. One will come with the router, and you can connect that to the ethernet port on the back of the PC.

You'll need to connect a computer to the router intially anyway, so you can configure it with your ISP login details. You can use either machine for this purpose, it doesn't matter which.

Once the router is set up you'll see it make the connection, and then you can use your new latop anywhere within range. Don't forget to check if your laptop is one of those that has a wireless switch - some do - and if that's the case, turn it on.

  Strawballs 22:32 01 May 07

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