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    Wireless Network?

    I am going to buy a notebook and network it to my desktop. Sounds simple enuf! However, I know absolutely nothing about all of this and have a million questions. For instance, which is better, wireless or wired? I have cable and would like to be able to access the Internet from the laptop if I choose. I also want to be able to access files from the desktop pc. So, I know I want to network but what's next? Since I haven't purchased the laptop yet, does my networking desire drive what the laptop should have? Or would all of them out there today be able to do what I want to do? And are there any cons to wireless? And what is the opposite of wireless? Would I have to have a cable line hidden away in the family room so I could plug-in when I need to? So anyone who wants to jump in here and advise a novice, feel free. Just remember, keep it simple, because I'm only a geek wanna-be. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Wireless Network?

    This Linksys site is a good starting point.
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    Re: Wireless Network?

    For instance, which is better, wireless or wired? <font color=blue>Wired is faster, but you are tied to the end of the wire.</font color=blue>

    I have cable and would like to be able to access the Internet from the laptop if I choose. I also want to be able to access files from the desktop pc. So, I know I want to network but what's next? <font color=blue>You need to make sure that your cable modem is NOT using a USB connection but a Cat5 cable. Get a router, a Cat5 cable that will reach from the Modem to the Router, and a laptop. Note, if you are connected to the cable modem, by a USB cable, you will need to get a NIC and another Cat5 cable.</font color=blue>

    Since I haven't purchased the laptop yet, does my networking desire drive what the laptop should have? <font color=blue>Yes, but most of the Laptops that I have looked at, that are wireless' also have a Cat5 socket. This allows both wireless and wired access to a network. </font color=blue>

    Or would all of them out there today be able to do what I want to do? <font color=blue>Some do NOT come with a "wireless" connection just a Cat5 cable type.</font color=blue>

    And are there any cons to wireless? <font color=blue>May not get a strong signal in parts of house.</font color=blue>

    And what is the opposite of wireless? <font color=blue>Wired, using a Cat5 cable</font color=blue>

    Would I have to have a cable line hidden away in the family room so I could plug-in when I need to? <font color=blue>Only if a wirless will not work in that area.</font color=blue>

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    Re: Wireless Network?

    Some cable ISP's (mine, for example) provide multiple IP addresses so you don't need your own router. OTOH a router is/can be cheap enough to make having your own worthwhile even if you don't 'need' it. (It gives you more control, better protection, etc.)

    Also, I found out recently that some wireless routers require a wired connection for configuration. If you go wireless I would definitely have a wired connection somewhere. (I have an Ethernet port in my notebook so my 'wired' connection is just a patch cable. When I need the wired connection I carry my notebook over to the router & plug it in.)

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    Re: Wireless Network?

    I decided on wireless - I bought a wireless ready notebook and wireless router from Gateway and asked if I needed a network card for my wired desktop. The answer was no. He said I would just plug in the router and go. Yet everything I read on the Internet seems to suggest the main PC has to have a network card. My main PC does have an Ethernet card for the cable connection.

    So, do I need a network card?

    Assuming I do, would this be the sequence of events?
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    Re: Wireless Network?

    <hr>...the main PC has to have a network card. My main PC does have an Ethernet card... <hr>
    They're the same thing, so you should be set. If I've understood what you've written, your current setup has the PC network card cabled to the cable modem and thence to your cable's wall connector. You would plug one or both PCs into the ROUTER and the "WAN" port on the router to the cable modem. You may have to contact your cable company to help with the switch if they have you configured to the address of your current PCs network card. (Each network card has a "hard" address called a MAC address)

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    Re: Wireless Network?

    Sherry, it sounds like you're trying to do what I did a few weeks ago with the help of these fine folks here. I had a cable modem connected to a desktop PC using a CAT5 cable. I got a wireless router and a wireless laptop. I had to unplug the cable that connected the modem to the desktop and plug the modem directly into the WAN port on the router. Then I connected the desktop to a LAN port on the router with another CAT5 cable. My big problem was that the cable signal wasn't strong enough, but as soon as the cable company came in and corrected the problem, everything fell into place network wise. Good luck.

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    Re: Wireless Network?

    I think the Gods of the Computer Netherworld were shining on me this weekend. Everything went as smooth as silk. The instructions on the router couldn't have been clearer and I am happily sharing files. I did have to call Gateway because I was having problems sharing files. But it was more about me understanding how to share. I now have added new words like ping and ipconfig to my vocabulary <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. Thanks everyone for your help!
    <font face="Comic Sans MS"><big><font color=4682b4>Sherry</font color=4682b4></big></font face=comic>

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