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Question from a wireless router noob....

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by nessa2shoes, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. nessa2shoes

    nessa2shoes Registered Member

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    Hi guys,

    Sad to say, but I have never used a wireless router before and find I need to set one up in my house.

    Can someone please answer a dumb question for me: Do I need to purchase anything other than the router itself? Do I need adaptors, cables, etc. or does all that stuff come with the router?

    I'm in Australia with a Telstra Bigpond cable modem connection and want to hook up both my desktop pc and laptop to a small network for use anywhere on the property (including the garden).

    Are some routers better than others? I don't mind paying top dollar, so which routers are best? Which give out the most wide-ranging signal?

    Another question: Is there any piece of hardware I need to purchase for the desktop and laptop so that they can receive the signal? I just bought a Dell laptop, and am not sure if there is already something built into it that will pick up a wireless signal. What should I be looking for in the specs?

    Any replies VERY much appreciated and I'll be hitting the thanks button! :)

    Ness
     
  2. MrsE

    MrsE BANNED BANNED

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    your computer will have to be able to pick up wireless internet...

    if you don't have an adapter, go to circuit city or best buy...

    some routers are better than others, if it's in yur house, it doesn't really matter...

    You should look under:
    start, connect to, wireless network....
     
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  3. tbkdkc

    tbkdkc Junior Member

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    Boosey12 is right.. but please listen, In my experience more expensive routers are better ($75-$120) range. Cheaper ones tend to have more problems, mainly with dropping signal at random times thus losing connection for your wireless devices, I know cause I have bout serval $50 Linksys Routers before and they did this. Go with high end Linksys model or D-link.

    Look into this D-LINK
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    http://www.consumersearch.com/wireless-routers/d-link-dir-655-xtreme-n-gigabit-router
    Oh and if you have a laptop then you should not need to buy anything else, just the router itself. All laptops anymore come with Wireless cards built in.
     
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    I am using the Linksys BroadBand Router. It cost me around $80 (I Think)

    It has never given me any problems thus far.

    You will need a wireless adapter if your laptop does not hve a wireless card installed, or you can simply hard wire the ethernet cable from your modem to the router, and then another cable from the router to your lap top or pc.

    I have two comps wired into the router, and have room for two more.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  5. zone69

    zone69 Junior Member

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    I would look at a Wireless-N router if you plan on connecting over greater distances like from your garden. Basically N is backward compatible with Wireless G ( the older standard ) and if using N you will get greater transfer speeds and a longer range but still be able to use the older wireless G on the same router in parallel if you needed to.

    Make sure to get adapters for your PC and laptop. It's likely your PC will not have a wireless adapter but your laptop may so check it out before just buying one.
     
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  6. nessa2shoes

    nessa2shoes Registered Member

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    Thanks so much for the responses guys! You've made things so much clearer for me.

    One last question: I've played around with my laptop and found that it it already picking up a couple of networks in my street, so I think I'm good to go there.

    But, if I install a wireless router to my cable connection, does that mean my desktop PC will no longer have direct access to the cable connection, but must also go through the router? (Thereby, needing an adaptor coz it's pretty old?)

    Thanks again everyone - you're the best! :)

    Ness
     
  7. zone69

    zone69 Junior Member

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    If your PC is near where you will have the router then I would buy a wireless N router with something like 4 wired ports in it.

    You would then connect your cable modem to the WAN port on the router, plug you PC with an ethernet cable into one of the four ports, and use wireless to connect with your laptop. This would mean you DO NOT need a wireless adapter for your PC. Just make sure your PC has a network adapter which is highly likely since this is how it will connect to the router.

    The alternative is you connect your modem to a wireless router and then have both your PC and laptop connect wirelessly meaning you WOULD need an adapter for your PC.

    hope that helps
     
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  8. thehilitereel

    thehilitereel Registered Member

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    If you go wireless, you should learn how to secure your connection also. You don't need anyone stealing your signal and have them download like 465464 porn vids all at once. It will slow you down way too far.
     
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  9. tbkdkc

    tbkdkc Junior Member

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    Good point, when I used to live in an Apartment complex I never paid for internet service cuz no one there knew how to secure their wireless network! I loved it =)

    Learn more about securing your wireless here
    Code:
    http://www.practicallynetworked.com/support/wireless_secure.htm
     
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  10. icekold

    icekold Newbie

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    If your Dell laptop is new it most likely already has a built in wireless card. As far as routers go, I use a cheapo Linksys wrt54g and flashed it with DD-WRT software that adds many options, one being you can boost your transmission signal to reach outdoors easily. it works much better than the expensive routers i've used. You can find these on egay already flashed if your not comfortable doing it yourself.
     
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