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At school's computer lab and internet cafes, what kind of network are they using? Are they using wireless? I don't have wireless at home, but if I decide to get a laptop, do I need wireless?
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It depends on where you are going. Most places have wifi set up for you to get on.

ALL laptops today come with internal wireless cards, most come with network cards ... only one I can think of that doesn't is the macbook air.
    
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Is wireless the only way to connect my laptop online? So I must get a router? Is there a way connect both my desktop and laptop through the ethernet? I have only one ethernet line to my desktop.
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Wireless is not the only way to connect to the internet. You can if so disired use the rj-45 wired method.
I personally would use a wireless router that way u can connect either way you want.
If the modem is near your desktop;
ethernet cable to modem
modem to router
router to desktop......and connect your lappy wirelessly to router.
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Originally Posted by inmate View Post
Is wireless the only way to connect my laptop online? So I must get a router? Is there a way connect both my desktop and laptop through the ethernet? I have only one ethernet line to my desktop.
Most laptops also have an ethernet port, so you can also use a wired connection.

If you want to use more than one computer on the same network connection, you'll need a router. If you're okay with swapping the ethernet cable from one computer to the other when you want internet access, you can, but that's alot more hassle than I'd be willing to put up with.
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