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So we have a few laptops and I really want internet for my PC, so I was thinking of getting a wireless network for our house. All I have to do is plug my modem into the router, right?

Also, for my pc should I get an internal card or a usb connection (or is this usb better)?
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Run an ethernet cable to pc,from the router .run setup disk.your mobo has an ethernet port already.Modem-router-ethernet cable- pc
    
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All I have to do is plug my modem into the router, right?
Correct, unless you want to setup security or portforwarding or anything like that, and install the provided software that comes with the internet card.

EDIT: oh yea and you might have to reset your modem (unplug and replug the power connection) for the first time.

As for internal or external, I would go with internal unless you have to use external.
    
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Wow, let me try to simply this.

1) yes connecting a router directly to your modem will enable you to share you internet, wirelessly if it's a wireless router.
2) an internal wifi NIC is best for you PC, the USB's tend to be very flakey.
3) hard wired is better for the desktop if it will be near the modem.
4) while your router should plug and play, you really need to setup some basic security on it so other people cant' steal you internet. Setting up WPA2 encryption and turning SSID broadcasts off would be a good start.
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I will be getting a Linksys router and wireless card.

So I should be able to hook that up to my modem with an ethernet cable, and then run another ethernet cable to the nearest pc from the router(like 3 ft away..). Then I can put a wireless card in my PC across the house, and all our laptops will be able to access it too, right? We use Bellsouth DSL if that matters.
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So I should be able to hook that up to my modem with an ethernet cable, and then run another ethernet cable to the nearest pc from the router(like 3 ft away..). Then I can put a wireless card in my PC across the house, and all our laptops will be able to access it too, right? We use Bellsouth DSL if that matters.
Correct.
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Thanks everyone it's up and running! Rep+'s for you all...
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good to hear. besides setting up wpa2 and turning off the ssid broadcast, set up the mac filter to only allow your pcs. limiting the number of addresses dhcp hands out os a good idea as well.
    
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k so I've set up WPA2. Ssid broadcast off wasn't going so well with our Vista laptops..I would set up the connection, the computer would say it is connected, but really it isn't? Next I'll do the mac filter thing...

But I have another question. How can I configure it to allow file sharing?
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k so I've set up WPA2. Ssid broadcast off wasn't going so well with our Vista laptops..I would set up the connection, the computer would say it is connected, but really it isn't? Next I'll do the mac filter thing...

But I have another question. How can I configure it to allow file sharing?
I had similar issues with SSID broadcasting being off. A lot of the times my laptops wouldn't be able to see the network even though I added it.

For file sharing, you will need to enable that in Windows. Here's a Vista walkthrough for you.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/12...ng-enable.html
     
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