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Setting up a home network but absolutely clueless


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#1 HydroLar

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:29 PM

I've used networks for years at work and now I want to set up one at home. Currently I have a Dell XPS 600 connected to a DSL modem and connected to the phone line. I have an AVG firewall.

What I wish to do is setup a network with my PC, a new laptop and make the printer I have into a shared printer. I would want the network to be wireless and I will probably need a router.

So...

My PC has an Ethernet connection and because it is old I bet I'd need a wireless adapter for it. The actual network can be setup with the Windows XP network wizard and a flash drive I assume. And as for a basic home router, are there different kinds? And would the router itself be sufficient to use as a firewall? Would the connection be phone line to router to DSL modem to PC?

Like I said I'm clueless so if you can recommend any kind of tutorial I'd appreciate it.

Thanks!
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:41 PM

How many computers are you wanting to network?

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:57 PM

My main PC and a laptop
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 10:06 PM

Then I would recommend getting a router: Cisco Linksys - E1000 Wireless-N Router which is 60 bucks.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:36 PM

Thanks, Cryptodan. This is just what I need and cheaper than I had thought. Would the setup be phone line to router to DSL modem or phone line to DSL modem to router?
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:41 PM

DSL Modem to Router.




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