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Old 09-27-03, 11:12 PM   #1
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What do I need to go wireless with DSL?

I would like to get a laptop and my PS2 hooked up to DSL service (when it gets turned on in a few days), but what do I need? A wireless router?

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Old 09-28-03, 02:33 AM   #2
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You need a wireless router to plug your DSL connection into and a wireless card for your laptop. Make sure those two items are compatible.
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Old 09-28-03, 11:20 AM   #3
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The big decision will be if you should get a 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g router/card standard. The most popular out there is 802.11b and these are the cheapest. They run at an optimal rate of 11mbps at the 2.4GHz frequency range. They are very cheap and the most widely used right now. The down side to the B standard is that its the slowest and the 2.4GHz frequency can get interference from such devices as 2.4GHz cordless phones and some microwaves.

However, the price is right and 802.11b seems to be the winner for me. Oftentimes you'll see deals for the router being $15 to $30 after rebates and same for the card.

Here's a couple of good links to read up on:
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-3243_7-...1.html?tag=cal

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,9292,00.asp

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Old 09-28-03, 12:57 PM   #4
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Thanks, ngp
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Old 09-28-03, 04:16 PM   #5
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I have the "b" system that I got in the spring (just as "g" was starting to drop in price). I couldn't be happier.

Remember if you are only net surfing, b is already faster then your DSL can get the information. Get the g if you plan to do a lot of computer to computer file transfers.

I did have to get rid of my 2.4GHz phones. I dropped to 900Hz phones and no problems since.

Finally if you do getting smoking deal on a "b", carefully follow set up instructions. In addition, check the makers web site for any new drivers or even possibly firm ware updates. Most problems that people seem to be having are due outdated drivers/firmware

Just FYI...I have the Netgear 814 wireless router, with:
-1 desktop and 1 laptop wired directly in
-2 desktops using netgear USB adapters
-1 laptop using a netgear PC card
-1 laptop using an Intel 2100 mini card (in a new Centrino based laptop).

All work great. Distance is good. And Netgear is one of those you can get a deal on (I got the router on clearance from BB or CC for like $49.95, then there was like a $20.00 rebate).

I had no trouble on initial set up. And folks at this forum were kind enough to help with with settings including security.
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Old 09-29-03, 07:28 PM   #6
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Nice wireless router deal at Compusa online

$29.99 with no mail in rebates for 802.11b router. With tax and shipping it is about $38 which is pretty good considering you don't need to wait for rebates to come.

Thread at fatwallet, with original deal posted on techbargains.com

Item 295106 at compusa.com
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