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Hi,

I have a desktop and a laptop in the same room. I want both of them to connect to the internet. The desktop connects to a cable modem and the laptop uses wireless, but I do not have a wireless router or anything. As of now, only the desktop connects to the internet via the cable model, but I want the laptop to connect to the internet, as well. What is the best way to connect the laptop to the internet, as well, if it will remain in the same room as the desktop most of the time? Should I get a wireless router or wired? A splitter? What is my best bet? What is the best and cheapest way that won't give me problems in the long run?
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The easiest way is to use a wired router (due to security issues), but most wireless routers come with wired ports, so if you go with a wireless router can do either. The non-wireless router is going to be cheaper, especially if you buy it used. You should get a router which also acts as a firewall, so as to better protect the machines behind it.
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Hello,
You need a router.

The modem probably has a IEEE and USB, but you can't use both at the same time, so the only option is to buy a router. They're relatively cheap nowadays. As for a "guarantee" of no problems in the long run, you're with the rest of us... there are no guarantees! :)
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what kind of router? any recommendations for a good one? brand/model?
which one has a firewall behind it?
Thanks

Edited by hospitaldoctor, 11 September 2009 - 09:55 AM.

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There are a ton of routers on the market. You have to read up and make your own choice. Belkin, Linksys, Dlink, Netgear are all good brands that do basically the same thing. HERE's a link to a site with all kinds of information. They have security info also.
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thank you
any brand/models that are highly recommended?
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any brand/models that are highly recommended?

It doesn't matter if anyone highly recommends a router. If you search google, you'll always find problems people have with any manufacture's router. No guarantees anywhere in this electronic world! :)

Seriously... all of these...

Belkin, Linksys, Dlink, Netgear are all good brands that do basically the same thing.

... are comparable. No matter which vendor you choose, you will need to learn how to use it. So read up on all you can... Google is your friend! :)
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When looking for a good wireless router... what should I look for?
I see a lot of things that are unknown to me
such as:
Standards
Ports
WPA/WPA2
Antenna Type
Features
Receiver Sensitivity

What is important to note?


also, all G's are up to 54Mbps?
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how do i understand the difference between these two:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16833704002
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Did you read the page I linked in #5? One of the very first links on that page is "How to buy a Wifi router". This page has all the relevant information you're asking for. I'm here to "assist" you, but I cannot "do this" for you. You have to take the time to learn about what you're going to get involved with... and you do this by doing research... reading.

You have to imagine that every manufacture makes several different routers for people to choose from. Dlink alone has 16 wireless routers. Others have more or less. If I tell you to buy a certain router and it doesn't do what you need it to do, who's going to be responsible.

Please take the time to investigate wireless routers. Once you do, you'll find your understanding will increase 10-fold. Until then, all I can do is point you to places to read... like this WIRELESS ROUTER WIKI. Click on the links for the different manufactures and you'll get a plethora of information.
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My internet provider recommended that I get a G router because my internet only goes up to 54 Mpbs
Is it not good if I get an N router?
Am i better off getting an N or a G?
I was considering this router:
thanks

http://accessories.u...286507#Overview
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i got the Linksys WRT106N
thoughts?
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