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Old 11-24-03, 01:57 PM
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2 quick wireless internet questions

I just got a router with a wireless antenna and a card for my laptop and am enjoying it. Just have 2 questions...

1. My roommate is planning on getting a wireless card for his laptop. Can 2 computers use the one router's wireless connection at one time? Will it affect speed?

2. I use zone alarm on my laptop. Do i need anything else to protect my computer or the wireless network?

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Old 11-24-03, 03:04 PM
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Re: 2 quick wireless internet questions

Originally posted by schlitz100
1. My roommate is planning on getting a wireless card for his laptop. Can 2 computers use the one router's wireless connection at one time? Will it affect speed?

2. I use zone alarm on my laptop. Do i need anything else to protect my computer or the wireless network?
1. Yes, you can both be using the wireless connection at the same time. The only loss in speed is that you're now sharing bandwidth on the modem (for Internet). This loss is the same whether it's wireless or wired. For browsing, you should notice no difference. If you're both downloading large files simultaneously, then you may notice.

2. The wireless router should have a built-in firewall. It works a lot better than ZA, and that should be all you need. Your greatest danger is essentially you, like if you open a "bad" attachment or something.
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2. You should change the SSID of the router, disable broadcasting of the SSID, enable mac address filtering, and possibly enable WEP or WPA for added security.

Also, even though the router may have a "firewall" built into it, it will only filter incoming traffic, not outgoing, so ZA might still be something you want to use.
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Enable WEP or else others might have the ability to surf on you connection.
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wep is a good idea I am surfin on someone elses connection right now
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Originally posted by BadlyDrawnBoy
wep is a good idea I am surfin on someone elses connection right now
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