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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:37 pm 
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Finally caved and just brought my first laptop. I have a wired network set up, shares internet, that I'm happy with. I have plenty of room in my network to add the laptop to the network by wire. Here is my question: is there a device that I can add to my network through the router/switch that will transmit wireless internet/network to my laptop?


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You can get a wireless AP (Access Point) - that would be the 'right' tool for the job.
But, those often cost as much (if not more) than a wireless router (silly, but it's how it is.)

Option 2: replace your wired router with a wireless router. Gets you, well, newer hardware (and, often, a better backbone for your LAN.)

How much were you looking to (or expecting to) spend?


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Anywhere from 30 to 60 bucks. My current setup is running great and I don't really want to change the router. Like you said anymore than that might as well go with a new router.

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This is the AP wireless I'm looking at from newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833156232


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For that price, jump on it. Here's a pretty favorable review. Good performance, good range, great price.


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I just got this: http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/products/WRT160N from Staples - it was on sale for $70 plus tax. Set it up in our dorm room, but mainly it's for our apartment next year because the we only get wired into our rooms - need it to cover the kitchen and living room.

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Thanks for the info. I did get the TRENnet AP device. I'll let you know how it works out.


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Received TRENDnet AP device http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6833156232 today. I got running in 15 minutes, 802.11n @ 130mbs, my network max is 100mbs (only one computer on network will do 1gbs) so this works for me. Still need to work on securing the AP from neighbors, I'm not broadcasting SSID, but I'm not sure if that enough. The manual shows where the settings are, but I'm not really getting it. Any help on this will be appreciated.


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Turning off the SSID affords you no real protection. The signal is still beaming out, and is detectable by various software.

I would recommend getting WPA2 configured asap. What settings are you not understanding how to config?


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WPA2 is set and all seems to be working well.

Thx all


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