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ok im considering going wireless from my current setup (dsl modem going into a wired router). so from here all it would take to go wireless would be to just replace the wired router with a wireless router, correct? or is it more complicated than that?
post #2 of 10
well you need a wireless card or USB do-hickey to get access to your computer unless it's next to the router itself, then you can use a cable.

you'd also need to set it up to access your network, then add a password (WPA would be good, WEP isn't much of a defense nowadays) to it, tell the router to stop broadcasting so others can't "see" the wireless, and then you're all set. not very complicated actually, there's walkthrough's in windows for it and documentation in the router's manual for it.
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make sure you got a wireless card in your PC. Also what is the distance?
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well it would be for a laptop that is wireless ready and has been using wireless in a dorm room all year so i dont really need to worry about the hardware then, right?

the laptop will mostly be used within about 30 feet of the router through one wall
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you'll be good then. if it's in a dorm definitely enable at least 32-character WPA encryption and disable access point broadcasting so others can't leech.
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post #6 of 10
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i mean it has been used at college and now it is being used at home and im probably going wireless at home.

so all i need to do is get a wireless router and give it a password and im set, right?
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post #8 of 10
simple to do. Plug dsl into router, take desktop via lan to router, and laptop wirelessly

You'll need to login to the router using its ip (that info will come with the router) and setup the wireless lan (make sure to pword it so everyone driving by can't join your network and surf/steal files)
post #9 of 10
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sounds good... i just wasnt sure if there was anything else i really needed to do
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well you need a wireless card or USB do-hickey to get access to your computer unless it's next to the router itself, then you can use a cable.

you'd also need to set it up to access your network, then add a password (WPA would be good, WEP isn't much of a defense nowadays) to it, tell the router to stop broadcasting so others can't "see" the wireless, and then you're all set. not very complicated actually, there's walkthrough's in windows for it and documentation in the router's manual for it.
Whats wrong w/ WEP?
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