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Old 08-12-05, 12:36 PM   #1
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Router Question

I have 2 PC's.

PC 1 is a fairly new pc, connected to the internet with a cable modem and has Windows XP on it.

PC 2 is an older pc (original Sony VAOI), has Windows 95 on it and is currently used by kids to mostly play games. It also only has 2 GB of hard disk space.

I want to get a wireless router so that I can connect the old pc (PC 2) to the internet too.

I went to Best Buy to pick up the Linksys Compact All-In-One Wireless-G Broadband Router. (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1108125259730)

After looking on the box Inoticed the system requirements:
200MHz or faster processor; Windows 98 SE, 2000, ME, XP; 64MB RAM; network adapter

I asked the guy working in the computer section if the system requirements are for the PC that the software is going to be installed on (PC 1) or for both pcs.
He said both pcs.

Is he correct ?
My older pc won't work because it has Windows 95 and probably doesn't meet the processor and RAM requirements either ?


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Old 08-12-05, 12:39 PM   #2
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You should be able to hook up the VAIO via ethernet cable to the router and not need to install any software.
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Old 08-12-05, 12:52 PM   #3
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You should be able to hook up the VAIO via ethernet cable to the router and not need to install any software.
That's what I thought as well.
Can anyone confirm this ?
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Old 08-12-05, 01:28 PM   #4
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That's what I thought as well.
Can anyone confirm this ?
I would hook up the router to the Win 95 PC with a ethernet cable and hook up the XP machine wireless. Unless you don't have any problems adding a wireless adaptor to he Win 95 PC. Good luck getting that to work with no problems.
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Old 08-12-05, 01:29 PM   #5
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You don't need to load any software. If both computers have ethernet ports it will work.
Regardless of the fact that PC 2 only has windows 95 ?
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Old 08-12-05, 01:32 PM   #6
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Regardless of the fact that PC 2 only has windows 95 ?

I edited what I said after I realized you were talking about going wireless with the Win 95 machine. You will need to load software if you want to hook up a wireless adapter to it. If it has a network card in it I would hook it up to the router with a ethernet cable and put the wireless adapter in the XP machine. The Win 95 machine might have troubles with the adapter's drivers. But I don't know for sure. You will have to see what happens.
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Old 08-12-05, 01:39 PM   #7
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I agree with everyone else. Wireless will be a PITA with Windows 95, it's hit-and-miss with 98, even. If you're going to network that computer go with wired ethernet, it's guaranteed to work.
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Old 08-12-05, 02:03 PM   #8
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Right now I have both pc's in the basement.
My plan was to hook up both pc's with wires at first.

We wanted to move the W95 pc upstairs soon, after we buy a desk for it.
At that time I was going to buy a wireless adapter and use the W95 pc wireless. It looks like that might not work.

The newer pc is staying in the basement, so if the W95 pc can't be connected wireless my only options are to leave it in the basement (wired to router) or move the cable modem upstairs with the W95 pc (keeping it wired) and then making the newer pc (WXP) wireless.

Either way I want to buy a router. Even if I have keep the W95 wired.
Will this router do the job ?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1108125259730

It's on sale at BB for $39.99.
I also need to use VPN to get into my work pc from home.
This router says it supports VPN pass-through.
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Yes, that will work.
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Old 08-12-05, 02:54 PM   #10
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Here's what it breaks down to:
-The router is a standalone box and it doesn't make any bloody difference what computers hook up to it.
-The PC's connecting to it wirelessly will need a wireless adapter.

And making a wireless adapter work with Win 9x isn't the simplest thing in the world to do. The router will work just fine regardless. It's making the 95 box talk wireless that is tricky. Making it talk wired is fairly easy though, and yes, it'll work with any other ethernet device including this router. Those given specs don't much matter.
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