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Wireless Laptop and a Wired Network!


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Justin

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Hi,

I just got a new laptop with a Wireless Network card in it. The rest of my house is on a wried network with a router that does not support wireless. My computer and laptop are in a different room, and I want to try to avoid running more cables into my room for my laptop. Is there anything I can do to get my wireless laptop connected to the internet without buying a new router?

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Hello Jfcap and welcome to GeeksToGo,

Sure you can add you wireless laptop to the network with out buying a new router. What you will need is to buy a Wireless Access Point. Many compines make these, I use Linksys hardware and have nevered had a problem. This link, is the product information for a AP by Linksys. Head over to Newegg and look for the prices of differnet ones. Hope that this helps.
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Also, which everone you buy configure it(Enable some kind of Ency., Disable the SSID, and filter the MAC address(if the router supports it)). If you need help with this, then post or PM me when you are ready. Hope that this helps.
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Hiya....Thanks for the info,

Im wondering if it would just be cheaper to buy a Wireless-G Broadband Router, 802.11g,b from linksys, since it will act as a wireless AP for my laptop, and still allow me to hook up my wired network. Are there any disadvantages to this, or is buying the AP you listed above the best solution?

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Hi again,
Im still looking at different hardware....what about a Wireless-G USB Network Adapter, 802.11g from linksys? would that work as well?

Thanks again =)
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Yes, you could just buy a Wireless G Router to replace the current router. Would it be cheaper, it depends were you buying the router. I have the Linksys WRT54G Router and love it because it has WAP. But you need to make sure that all the wireless devices can support WAP. WAP is a more secure the WEP. What would the Wireless G USB Adapter before the Desktop or Laptop. Hope that this helps.
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Thanks for the help. I ended up just getting the Wireless Router. Wow, Bestbuy charges a fortune....Its better to wait a few days to get it cheaper I guess =).

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Always check out EBAY before buing from a retail store.

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