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I've got a laptop with a wireless internet conection. I just bought a wired firewalled router a few months ago (I didn't know I was getting this laptop). Can I just get a wirless NIC card for my main computer and set it up for internet connection sharing through that PC? In other words, my AMD rig is hooked to the router upstairs (I'm in the basement) and I want to wirelessly connect my laptop to the network. I'm assuming a wireless NIC, but I don't know if you have to have a wireless router to make it all work. What's the cheapest way of doing this?
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post #2 of 8
You do need a wireless router... Either get one that has multiple ports to replace your wired router, or one that you can just hook up to the wired router.
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So there's no way I could set it up as internet connection sharing, wirelessly straight from my laptop to my desktop, and then from the desktop (through ICS and my current router) to the internet? Wireless NIC's are much cheaper than wireless firewalled routers...
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I don't think there is a way to share internet connections without a wireless router... or else everyone else would be doing it.

If you look around, there are a lot of times wireless routers go on sale for pretty cheap or even cheaper than free

I don't know what your budgeting for it, but here's a router that might be good... $50 after rebates? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156175

You can even sell your current router here to help out

One thing that you might want to do before buying a router is to determine how far away you will be from the router when you want to be on the internet. You said that the computer w/wired router is upstairs and you are in the basement. Approx how many floors will the wireless need to travel through? Things like that.

Don't want you to buy a cheap router and it will only work in the next room but not through floors.

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I met a guy that goes to my school who works at Best Buy and he worked out a deal for me. I traded in my old firewalled router for a new one (I paid the difference). I had a Linksys Broadband Firewall Router and I traded it for the same thing, only with Wireless-A-G capabilities. I paid using his discount!! lol I basically got the $120 wireless router for $40!!
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Just so you know there was a soloution availible to you. It is called a wireless access point. You saved money doing it the way you did but just so you know you had another solution.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833122013

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I was looking at WAP's at Micro Center and the cheapest they had was over $150, so the router was much cheaper. I just can't understand why they don't make direct computer-to-computer communication possible between wireless NIC's. Just like you can get a "patch cord" for ethernet, why not just make the wireless NIC's talk to eachother? Either way, I got it working and am typing on my laptop right now!
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I was looking at WAP's at Micro Center and the cheapest they had was over $150, so the router was much cheaper. I just can't understand why they don't make direct computer-to-computer communication possible between wireless NIC's. Just like you can get a "patch cord" for ethernet, why not just make the wireless NIC's talk to eachother? Either way, I got it working and am typing on my laptop right now!
The link I gave you was for one for $60 I think. Oh well you got it done. You can have 2 computers connect via wireless NIC. In your config for the wireless you have to select Adhoc instead of Infastructure. This will allow peer to peer wireless connections.

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