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#1 Jen42

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 04:02 AM

I want to set up a wireless network to connect our new laptop to the pc. The new laptop is vista, and it has the wireless adapter. But my pc doesn't. I currently use a speedstream 4200, I'm thinking of getting a WRT54G 802.11G INTERNET ROUTER. Is this all I would need to set it up?

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 12:18 PM

If you want your PC to network wirelessly, you will need either a WiFi PCI card or a USB WiFi adapter for the desktop computer. This hardware is only necessary if the desktop computer is deployed in a location away from the broadband modem | wireless router and you intend to connect to your home network wirelessly from the desktop.

USB WiFi adapters are relatively inexpensive (approx. $29.99-$49.99, depending on signal strength rating) and i would recommend purchasing one. It will always come in handy as a backup network adapter for a PC or laptop in case your hardline connection fails, your Ethernet NIC fails, or your cable somehow becomes unusable. Besides you might one day decide that you want to move the desktop computer to another location and you just don't have long enough cabling to wire your LAN - the USB WiFi adapter will come in handy then.

However, if you want your PC to connect to your wired LAN via Ethernet connection, you will need to ensure that you have Cat-5 cabling that is long enough to connect: (a) the desktop to the WRT54G wireless router; AND (:thumbsup: the WRT54G wireless router to the broadband modem.

Don't forget that once you have the WRT54G wireless router configured and your wireless network is setup, change the administrative username and password on the router's administrative maintenance page. This page is usually located at:

http://192.168.1.1

Hackers know this stuff already, they know the default administrative username and password, so do yourself a favor don't leave the backdoor open for them...
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 05:53 PM

I'm getting confused! Sorry. My desktop pc is already connected to the internet via ethernet. I just want to be able to get the laptop connected to the same internet connection. Is the WRT54G wireless router the wrong thing to get?

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 06:38 PM

The WRT54G should be sufficient if your laptop is already equipped with a WiFi (wireless) card. Once the WRT54G is connected, your laptop's built-in WiFi card should be able to detect it as long as it is in range.

Simply open up the Network Connections applet from the Control Panel. You will want to right-click on the Wireless Network Connection and select View Available Wireless Networks. It should show up as Linksys or something to that effect.
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Posted 27 December 2007 - 07:19 PM

So I won't need the USB wifi adaptr as well?

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Posted 27 December 2007 - 08:01 PM

I thought I'd add that my laptop has Broadcom WLAN. I've been assuming that's what I needed here.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 12:35 PM

The Broadcom WLAN card should allow you to connect to a WRT45G wireless router - any network adapter that indicates WLAN means you can connect to a "Wireless Local Area Network". You should be able to pickup the signal from any wireless router within range.
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