Will any wireless router work with laptops?
Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:07 PM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 02:47 AM
All wireless routers and wireless laptops use a common wifi standard called '802.11' (with several officially ratified updates over the years from 'b' through to 'g', and any new wireless device today supports all three). So as long as the router you buy supports '802.11b, c, or g, you'll have no problem.
One tip, if the router provides both USB and Ethernet connection ports to your main PC, use the ethernet one and connect this to the network card of your main PC. That way you won't have to mess about installing a USB driver for the router. Apart from which, USB was never intended for networking whereas ethernet was. If main PC doesn't have a network card they are cheap and easy to fit into a spare PCI slot. And with 99% of them XP doesn't need an external driver to recognise it. Truly 'plug & play' for a change!
Edited by pip22, 22 April 2008 - 02:51 AM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:32 AM
I have 2 other computers hooked up to the cable modem, will adding the laptop to that setup slow down the internet for it? The other two computers wont be used at the same time as the laptop but i didnt know if just having the 2 PCs' turned on would slow down the internet for the laptop when im on it.
Edited by rocco1005, 22 April 2008 - 11:34 AM.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 04:22 PM
Posted 23 April 2008 - 03:07 AM
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