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If you have any problems or questions, feel free to come back to this thread and post them and we'll try to assist you.
Posted 13 July 2010 - 05:27 PM
I suggest you work through the installation in stages. First get your desktop working so that you at least are back to your current situation. Then try to establish connection to your laptop with no security to establish you have signal strength and the wireless adapter on the laptop can detect the new router. Without security the only thing you need to worry about is setting the SSID for the router. Once you have established the connection you can turn on security. Simplest is probably going to be WEP with a 5 character password. You can work up to higher security level as you get comfortable with the control on the router. You will likely control the router by going to a specified URL from a browser in a connected desktop.
If you look in this forum I recently had a thread discussing my experience turning up the security level on my router to WPA/AES and connecting two laptops and a printer. Going in stages instead of trying for the complete bells and whistles in the first try really worked for me and got me comfortable controlling my router.
Posted 13 July 2010 - 06:16 PM
Posted 13 July 2010 - 08:06 PM
SSID is service set identifier. This is the name you give you router which you then use to identify it with your laptop. This is so you can differentiate your router from your neighbors which will have a different SSID. Your laptop will likely be able to see your router and several of your neighbors; you will get a list of SSIDs to choose from when you look for a wireless network from your laptop.
WEP is Wired Equivalent Privacy. This is the most basic encryption method for a wireless connection. You turn this on and set a 5 character password so that you neighbors don't connect to your wireless. If you can see your neighbors SSID and they don't have something like WEP enabled you could connect to their wireless and the internet through their router. You want to block someone from doing this to you because they might spy on your internet activity, do something illegal through your internet connection or just use up a tremendous amount of bandwidth on your account (probably while doing something illegal).
Posted 13 July 2010 - 08:24 PM
Edited by ReviverSoft, 13 July 2010 - 08:26 PM.
Posted 14 July 2010 - 05:09 PM
Ok, so where is the laptop "getting" the internet from? the Wireless Router, correct?
Now is that Wireless Router connected to a modem (or PC) using an Ethernet cable?
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Posted 15 July 2010 - 06:55 PM
The answer is yes.
There are two ways to do this....
1) You would have to purchase two wireless cards one for each of the two computers and install each one of them in an empty PCI slot in each of your computers.
2) you can purchase two USB wireless adapters one for each of your two computers. These plug into a unused USB port, some come with an extension wire, but I find those cause a weak signal, so I do not use that wire, its better to just plug the adapter into the USB port and skip using that wire.
Check the NetGear web site for both. In fact here's a link to wireless adapters. http://kb.netgear.com/app/products/list/p3/43
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