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adding laptop to PC


rnsa

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I have a PC but my wife is about to receive a new Laptop. Can we use my present ISP on it ? I so, how ? If not, do I need to use another ISP on the laptop. I've forgotten how I got my present provider so how do I get a new one. Be grateful for any help. David Nichols.

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rnsa

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onthelimit1

The router is a talktalk broadband wireless router.HUAWEI Echol life HG521 There are 3 sockets:

 1-power

 2-LAN

 3-ADSL +2

i now have an additional problem. The laptop has arrived and as per instruction leaflet I have connected the power and switched on. The Windows 7 screen appears but placing the cursor on the"set-up" icon does nothing. Can't move on to follow any further instructions. Once again any help will be much appreciated. David Nichols

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onthelimit1

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Good news is that router is a wireless modem/router, so will be easy to connect both PC and laptop to it.

I'm not too familiar with W7, but when you say 'set-up icon', what do you see exactly?

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proudfoot

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If you want to share files and folders and printers etc. both will have to have the same Workgroup Name XP and Vista/Win7 have different default names. I suggest you change the XP PC name to Workgroup.

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mgmcc

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"My impression is that I can disconnect the router from my PC, and then connect it to the laptop."

You're thinking the wrong way round - you don't connect a router to a PC, you connect one or more computers to a router. The function of a router is to allow multiple computers to connect to the internet simultaneously. Therefore, you leave your connection to the router in place and connect your wife's Laptop to the router as well. This can be done either by using a second ethernet cable or "wirelessly" using the Wireless Network Adapter installed in her Laptop. Unless the router is very old, it will be a "wireless" model.

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