Some months ago I posted a question about wireless networking with a view to sharing my BT ADSL (frog style modem)connection with my PC running W98 and a laptop running XP home (Dell wireless card already installed) Amongst many responses was this one from FE.
'Of course you can set up a wireless network to share your broadband connection - nothing could be easier. You don't need to read through a long tutorial or any technical documents to do it - just get a couple of Linksys USB wireless network adapters (readily available at PC World and other computer stores).
Install one of them on each PC - it takes about 10 minutes to install the drivers - and that's that. You can now share the connection between the two computers.
These adapters work perfectly, and you can use them to network up to 4 computers on a BTOpenworld 'home 500' ADSL service. The connection can be shared over quite a distance - and I have had no trouble getting them to work in every room of an average house.'
Well, I went to PC world and was told I needed a router with built-in firewall and they weren't sure Win98 supported it. Linksys' website and others I have checked also seem to suggest that a hub or router is required, albeit that the systems illustrated seem to refer to far larger networks than I have in mind - at the most one more laptop or PC to share the broadband connection.
I would be most grateful for further clarification/details as to what I should buy. I have Zonealarm installed and the solution should be fairly inexpensive since the laptop is away with my son at university for 30 weeks of the year and he has a university-wide ethernet connection when he is there.