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Old 08-28-02, 05:36 PM
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Looking for Wireless network for Cable Modem, Desktop and laptop

Looking for Wireless network for Cable Modem, Desktop and laptop


The person has a cable modem

A desktop

and a laptop

He is interested in making a wireless netowrk to share the cable modem connection

So we need:

Wireless Router

2 wireless NIC cards, and that's it?


Waht kind of snags could we run into?
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Old 08-28-02, 05:39 PM
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You can save some money by having the desktop (that I assume is where the cable modem is) connect to the wireless router via a CAT 5 cable. So you'll only need a wireless NIC for the laptop and a regular NIC (cheaper than wireless) for the desktop.

Otherwise, you're okay.
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Old 08-28-02, 05:55 PM
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Originally posted by John Sy
You can save some money by having the desktop (that I assume is where the cable modem is) connect to the wireless router via a CAT 5 cable. So you'll only need a wireless NIC for the laptop and a regular NIC (cheaper than wireless) for the desktop.

Otherwise, you're okay.

Good idea

Do the wireless routers come with Cat-5 inputs?
(in addition to their "wireless counterparts)
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Old 08-28-02, 07:40 PM
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Yes they do...

BTW, what kind of operating system are you using on the desktop...or on the machine that's going to get the cabled NIC?

If XP or ME or 2000 (I think), you can set up that machine to be the router using Internet Connection Sharing then you can use two cabled NICs on the machine, a regular hub and a wireless access point for the laptop. Question: is this going to be cheaper than just buying a wireless DSL/Cable router? I don't know...maybe not. Maybe it's just as well to use the wireless router like you originally wanted.
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Old 08-28-02, 07:44 PM
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Originally posted by John Sy
Yes they do...

BTW, what kind of operating system are you using on the desktop...or on the machine that's going to get the cabled NIC?

If XP or ME or 2000 (I think), you can set up that machine to be the router using Internet Connection Sharing then you can use two cabled NICs on the machine, a regular hub and a wireless access point for the laptop. Question: is this going to be cheaper than just buying a wireless DSL/Cable router? I don't know...maybe not. Maybe it's just as well to use the wireless router like you originally wanted.

They both have XP


We'll add that idea to our idea pool. Thanks!
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Old 08-31-02, 11:44 AM
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Can anyone recommend a good wireless cable router for me? (price?)

A good wireless laptop network card? (price?)
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Old 09-01-02, 08:40 PM
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D-Link works well...the cable router should be about $100 and the network card should be about $40 or so...
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