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#1 DiCanio

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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:36 PM

How much slower is wireless exactly? Do you reccommend it for my laptop? And does my PC have to be wireless as well or can I connect it with a router (not wireless) to give it a boost?


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Posted 08 September 2007 - 09:40 AM

I'd recommend it for your laptop. It isn't that much slower at all, if at all. I used wireless when I was on my college campus and it was extremely fast, just as the internet on the desktops were.

Your desktop doesn't have to be wireless either. I know if you get a wireless router, it would be using the internet you use with your desktop, but bringing it through the airwaves for your laptop.

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 06:43 PM

Helped quite a bit... thank you.


Second question: I just went to Best Buy and they said it's $40 for the wireless router AND they reccommend it to be secure (or whatever it's called) and it costs $60 for installation. So $100 total for installation + router. What are the benefits of my network being secure? Is it faster, is it safer, is there any difference at all? I'm sorry I am completely clueless on all technology these days.

What do you suggest I do? Should I get neither and just steal signals, should I buy the router without it being secure, or should I get the full package with installation?


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Posted 08 September 2007 - 09:54 PM

Do you reccommend it for my laptop?

Yes it's so convenient to be able to move the lappy about the house and use it.

does my PC have to be wireless as well or can I connect it with a router (not wireless) to give it a boost?

No as mentioned. the only boost you'll get is in security. Without too much detail the router acts as a second firewall ( In reality it is a hardware firewall) thus a tremendous boost to your security.

You will need to buy the wireless Router and a network adapter for the Laptop.
For a laptop computer:
1) A PC (PCMCIA) Card - about the size of a credit card and simply slides into a slot on your laptop computer. This type of card is recommended when using a wireless network setup since you can walk around without having to juggle an external adapter. OR
2) A USB Adapter - simply plugs into a USB port on the outside of your laptop computer.

I recommend a matched set of router and adapter for ease of install and use. I prefer Linksys.
Take a look at these instructions to determine if you can do it yourself. EasyLink Advisor
A walkthru, once you have your parts. EasyLink Connect

A wealth of other info Linksys.com

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Posted 08 September 2007 - 10:05 PM

Helped quite a bit... thank you.


Second question: I just went to Best Buy and they said it's $40 for the wireless router AND they reccommend it to be secure (or whatever it's called) and it costs $60 for installation. So $100 total for installation + router. What are the benefits of my network being secure? Is it faster, is it safer, is there any difference at all? I'm sorry I am completely clueless on all technology these days.

What do you suggest I do? Should I get neither and just steal signals, should I buy the router without it being secure, or should I get the full package with installation?


Thank you.


The benefits of it being secure is that no one will get on your signal. If you secure it, only people you allow can get on. It's safer too. You can ask the guy more of the benefits if you are still unsure. But, my opinion is, if you live in a very populated area, such as a city and have the money to do so, I'd go for a secure network.
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