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wireless newbie question


abracad

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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.

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onthelimit1

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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

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Strawballs

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click here any one of these will do

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Jollyjohn

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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.

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onthelimit1

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

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