WIRELESS IS IT EASY? OH OH !

  gel 11:30 15 Jul 06
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I am getting into a tangle trying to ‘go wireless’
My set up is simple I have a desk top ( which I now discover has no LAN cable socket} and a new Dell lap top which does have internal wireless capabilities.
My requirements are simple I think.
I am the only user of the desk top and lap top.
I would want to use each of the machines independently without the desk top always being ‘on’
I am not capable of opening the computer to add ‘cards’ ect
WOT I did :
Bought a 3com router from ebuyer which does not contain a modem so I cannot connect.
The router was bought on the recommendation of a friend who sincerely believed the router had a modem.
I have raised the problem with ebuyer hoping for some refund
From where I am could some one kindly advise me what I need.
Which router should I buy (something simple please)
There are so many routers available I am sure your recommendations will be useful to many like my self who have limited knowledge in this area.
Many thanks for any help
gel

  Forum Editor 12:13 15 Jul 06

that mentions an inbuilt ADSL modem in its description. There are many different routers made by companies such as Netgear, LinkSys, etc. and any model that suits your pocket will be fine.

Then you'll need to connect the router to a computer LAN socket to configure it. Any computer will do, it doesn't have to be your main PC - the cable connection is only temporary - while you set up and configure the router. Use your Dell laptop for that, it has a LAN socket.

Once that's done you can remove the cable (it will come with the router by the way) and use the internet wirelessly on any machine with range, provided it (the machine) has a wireless network adapter. Provided your PC has a spare USB port you don't need to open the case, you can simply use a USB wireless network adapter - there are many types, but Netgear or Belkin both make good ones.

Make sure you install the software for the adapter on your PC BEFORE you connect it to the USB port.

Once all that's done you'll be able to use the internet on either machine, without the need for the other one to be on.

  gel 12:23 15 Jul 06

Brlliant !
Thank you 'Forum Editor' for spending the time .
I am sure those few paragraphs will be as useful to others as they are to me.
I think I am becoming un tangled.
I shall soon be 'going wireless'
Very grateful
gel

  ade.h 13:27 15 Jul 06

I have to disagree with one of your points, FE. USB adapters almost always work a lot better when used WITHOUT the 3rd party software. I always install them using only the driver from the CD and let XP manage the wireless connection, with which it is much happier.

And when it comes to routers and network newbies, support and a large knowledgebase are very important, and with that in mind, I would prefer to recommend a major network specialist whose products are used by a number of network-savvy forum members. For me, that would be Belkin, 3Com, Linksys or D-Link.

  Forum Editor 15:10 15 Jul 06

What you do, and what I recommend an inexperienced user to do may be two different things. My experience with teaching clients and clients' staff is that few first-time wireless users are going to be in a position to pick the driver only from a manufacturer's software CD - they follow the advice that's given on the sticker which most manufacturers attach to the device. Furthermore, some manufacturers will not support problems that arise if their software isn't being used.

It's a personal preference, but here I stick to the advice I've already given.

  ade.h 15:25 15 Jul 06

Yeah, that's a fair point. But we've had plenty of network newbies here and in ABs that have followed that advice, from me and other members, and have been able to do it quite easily. I always give a step-by-step if they might need it. XP helps a lot because, as I'm sure you know, the hardware wizard will find the right driver from a CD without the user having to provide to much input.

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