Posted 24 June 2005 - 03:27 AM
That's good advice from Snapper.
Installing a router is definitely the best way to share a DSL connection.
When you sign up for DSL usually your ISP will have a installation CD that shows you, using animations, what to plug into what and when. As you go through the process it will ask you to enter some account details and when its finished it will all be up and running. (that's for connecting directly to your desktop PC)
You might want to visit their website, or call them and ask about setting up the DSL modem with a wireless router. They may have a 'How To' already set out or the installation CD may detect that automatically.
NIC=network card=ethernet port (roughly speaking) which means you will be able to connect your desktop to the router with a Cat5e patch cable. The laptop will connect with its wireless network card.
How do I know if my desktop has an ethernet ?
You need to find the Device Manager which is on the Hardware tab under System in Control Panel for WinXP, look for "Network Adapters" and if it lists something like an xyz-ethernet-NIC then you're ready to roll.
After you get the wireless network running you should give some thought to setting up the wireless security options which are available in the router configuration. Enable the security settings, choose a wireless network name and choose a phrase to set up the encryption keys. Enter the same info into your laptop wireless card and you will work just as before, only now your neighbours wont be able to use your bandwidth!
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