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#1 secretangel

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:52 AM

I apologise if this has been answered already but unfortunately do not have time to read through all the posts.

I have a wired broadband connection. My daughter has a laptop which has wireless capabilities but obviously cannot get online as I do not have wireless broadband.

What I would like to know is whether there is something I can plug into my pc that will enable her to access my broadband account wirelessly.

If so can we both surf at the same time without it costing anymore than my monthly payment, do I have to get hardware from my ISP or can I just buy something off the shelf?

Sorry if this is real basic stuff but haven't got a clue how it works lol.

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:08 PM

Hello secretangel,

There are a few ways to achieve this, but the easiest way by far is to invest in a wireless router

A wireless router will allow for users to connect to to your broadband via wireless.
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:07 PM

I thought I left a message for this topic earlier, but I guess not. A wireless router is the way to go. You can get one anywhere that sells computer products (Circuit City, Best Buy, Walmart, Office Max, etc...). You can expect to spend between $25-50. I recommend and Netgear Rangemax Wireless router. It is fairly inexpensive (around $30-50 range) and is fairly fast. This would be about the high end of what you will be needing.

They are very easy to install by following the instructions and will hook directly to your ISP Modem/Router (Box that your cable company gave you). You will not pay anymore than you are currently paying and you will be able to surf the internet at the same time as your daughter.

I hope this helps.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 07:46 AM

Hope I'm not to late to add this.
In addition to what's been mentioned (very good sug. BTW), as most wireless/wired routers do, double check to make sure it does have a built in Firewall and make sure you run an additional Firewall Program.
There is the possibility (if you do not run a Firewall) that someone can access your internet connection from outside your house with a wireless setup.

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Posted 02 July 2008 - 03:17 PM

Yeah!!! Thanks for this simple to understand information. As someone else who is also clueless, I'm filing this away for "someday". That day being when my husband decides he might like to do a little more than send an email once a month, and decides he really wants that extra computer our daughter has.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 08:12 AM

Thanks for the advice. I am thinking about changing isp so will look at one who provides wireless router as part of the package, which I think most do at the moment.

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