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Smokey

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I am a few weeks away from buying my first laptop. Setting it up to be wireless seems daunting. What hardware do I need to set it up? Also, how do I find out what high-speed options are in my area?

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Hey Smoke,

Your best bet would be to contact your Phone or cable company and see if they offer Broadband Wireless. They will provide the hardware if they do offer this service.
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also check with them if they offer wireless equipment (some companies will set you up with a wireless enabled adsl modem or cable modem) if they don't all you need is a wirless router..you can get those anywhere....try to stick with big names on those...most people go with linksys...great company (owned by cisco)....

as far as deciding on the broadband....check around...talk to the cable company and the phone company...cable is faster than dsl if you're closer to the tellephone company's location...but cable is the same speed no matter the distance..
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I don't have a phone company. We don't get phone service right now. How do I found out what providers are available in my area?
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who is your ISP currently?
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I don't have an isp, i don't even have phone service. I'm about to buy a laptop.
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Bump. Can someone help me?
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where are you posting from....a friend's house?
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My college or public library, that's not helping.
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it's helping me narrow down your confusing posts.....
to find out who your isp would be..you would need to either ask neighbors or check with your cable company or call the people who you WILL be getting phone service from if it's available in your area
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You can contact your communities Chamber of Commerece (call information at # 1411 in the U.S.) and they will have information about what companies offer internet service in your area and also a contact number for them.

Once you get that info, then call All the ISP's in your area and find out if the Offer Home Networking (for Professional Installation) Or at the very least if they support Multiple IP leases (for Self Installation).

If they offer the professional installation method and you have a wade of cash to blow on it, or you feel that your favorite Web Sites Geeks To Go networking forum cannot help you, then choose this option <---- was a plug :) .

On the other hand if you choose the much cheaper option, find out If they offer multiple IP leases for self installation then you might want to consider the leader in the Wireless world for EASE OF INSTALLATION AND RELIABILITY <------ was anothger plug :tazz: , and who might that be: LINKSYS' WIRELESS G PRODUCTS AS FOLLOWS:

Good Linksys Routers:
WRT54G at : http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

WRT54GS at : http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

WRT54GX at : http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper


Good Linksys Wireless Cards either PCMIA or USB

PCMIA
WPC54G at http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

WPC54GS at http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

WPC54GX at http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

USB
WUSB54G at http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

WUSB54GP at http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper

WUSBF54G at http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper


OR JUST A QUICK VIEW AND LIST OF ALL THE ROUTERS AND NETWORK ADAPTERS OFFERRED

http://www.linksys.c...FVisitorWrapper
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