wireless newbie question

  abracad 00:56 02 Apr 11

Apologies in advance if this has been answered elsewhere, I'm afraid I'm a technical ignoramus. I currently receive internet from newnet via the telephone line (adsl?) which works well with a Netgear router DG834. However, as I sometimes need to use my (wireless-enabled) laptop in different parts of the house I would like to change to a wireless router. On occasion my wife also needs to use the Internet simultaneously with me. I use my computer to access my bank account, so security is important. Can a wireless connection be picked up by someone in a car outside? On looking on Amazon I see there are many wireless routers, but would any of these work with my set-up? Or is there some particular specification I should look for? Finally, can someone recommend a particular model that is easy to set-up? Even I was able to get the Netgear mentioned above working relatively quickly so I was thinking of another by this make, but anything else that's simple also welcome. Many thanks for your help and patience.

  onthelimit1 09:40 02 Apr 11

Most wireless routers will be suitable. They all have the facility to set up security when installed. This will be sufficient protection for what you want to do. Netgear do a DG834G which is wireless, if you want to stick to the same make. Other people will swear by the one they use (I have a Thompson Speedtouch which has behaved faultlessly for 5 years so far - also very easy to set up), some light reading on security click here

  Strawballs 20:18 02 Apr 11

click here any one of these will do

  Jollyjohn 10:53 03 Apr 11

I wouldn't buy a wireles router, go back to your ISP and ask for one. If they are reluctant then suggest you are going to change ISP and they will soon supply a fresh router. You may need to pay postage.

  onthelimit1 12:00 03 Apr 11

Good point, and one which has worked several times for people I know.

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