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PostPosted: Sat Dec 25, 2004 1:28 pm 
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O.K first excuse my poor ability to understand wireless and networking stuff but PLEASE bare with me.

I have my computer but there is no phoneline near it so I want to access the internet and stuff wirelessly (this is a desktop). How do I go about doing that?

What do I need and what is the best bang for the buck?

I have this "thing" I'm not sure what it is called but it works for wireless stuff.

http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie ... 02921&rd=1


SO what do i need to get my PC connected to the internet?


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[FYI: Moving to Network Nook]

That will do it, but not what I'd call bang for the buck really. You can get something like a Linksys 802.11b wireless router for about the amount the auction ended at.

If you already have that though, then you need to get an 802.11b (or "G") reciever for your PC. Otherwise, you're stuck running a long patch cable across the floor or whatever and you lose the whole wireless effect.

And 802.11b is fine for connection to the internet, or multiplayer games on about 3 PC's. Remember that the common DSL connection is 1.5-3Mb/s and 802.11b offers up to 11Mb/s.

But if you plan on expanding your PC quantity or if you want to change you PC usage habits (i.e. need more bandwidth), then a move to a total 802.11G is never a bad idea. G is backward compatable and can handle B's in the network. The issue used to be that once a "B" appears in the "G" network (or another brand), that it'd drop the entire network to "B" levels, but that's almost untrue anymore. They may still lose the enhanced speeds offered by G plus type routers (115MB/s??), but still offer up the standard G's 54Mb/s.

Jeeez...I hope I'm right on this. I'm still a little green too. And don't feel bad. I had to ask a Radio Shack employee something like this. What a slap in the ol' pride:p


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OK thanks. I'll see if I can get one somehow :P


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The Linksys WRT54G is what I have. Works great with 4 PCs sucking up the bandwidth. :)

The network card I use is a WMP54G, also from Linksys.

You can find them at Newegg for really cheap.


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OCNoob maybe I should ahve been clearer but I already have one of those (not form Linksys) what I want is to make MY pc talk ot that thing (that ebay auction is just to show you what I have, but I already have it).

I think that [PC] guy already told me but thanks anyways.


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Oh ok...

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you already have the router then you need a wireless nic in your desktop.

there are several ways to do this.
wireless nic, pci card can be obtained for 20-30 bucks

usb wireless, just plug into a usb port, this is external on a usb cable that you can move whever you want. 30-more

usbkey, cute, about the size of a memory stick, again just plug into a usb port. no mobility unless you plug it in with a cable insted.

all above come in g and b. 20 and up

i assume that router is the one you have, it looks like a b router, myself (i have the same setup as noob.

were i you id get a g for your machine, within 6 months u will want faster, and that will mean upgrading the router to a g (buying ahead is good) and g routers are not that expensive.


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g.m.waters (red ranger3) wrote:
you already have the router then you need a wireless nic in your desktop.

there are several ways to do this.
wireless nic, pci card can be obtained for 20-30 bucks

usb wireless, just plug into a usb port, this is external on a usb cable that you can move whever you want. 30-more

usbkey, cute, about the size of a memory stick, again just plug into a usb port. no mobility unless you plug it in with a cable insted.

all above come in g and b. 20 and up


what is teh difference between usb wireless and usbkey? and by 30-more do you mean 30 or more dollars or 30 dollars more than pci card...

Thanks, cheaper than I thought.


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that would be a starting point depending on manufacturer, dlink airlink, linksys, buffalo and others all make this stuff, i favor linksys but i have several brands, and they all mix well on my network.

the difference is size, the usb wireless is larger, say 2 inches by 3 inches, three quarters of an inch thick with adjustable antenna.

usb key is half inch thick 1 inch wide 2 inches long, normally no antenna. but when plugged into a usb cable insted of a port, you get the mobility with a cable and the key acts as the adjustable antenna.

and to noob, neatest thing to buy is the upgraded antenna avail for the linksys they work great.


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ATI4EVER! wrote:
what is teh difference between usb wireless and usbkey?


This is probably the "usb wireless" g.m. is talking about there. Witness the wire.

This is a USB key. Witness the direct connection.


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geeze linksys has really expanded their line.


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g.m.waters (red ranger3) wrote:
and to noob, neatest thing to buy is the upgraded antenna avail for the linksys they work great.


Yeah, I checked those out a while ago, innitially liked it, but I thought they were too overpriced! Got this instead, slightly modded it, and now I have a "very good" connection strength.


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i did my early wireless with hawking, i have their wireless b router and card for the portable, but they are not that good, the card is fine, the router sucks, i have never been able to get it to work right.

the linksys antenna were expensive, but there are two of them, and 7 db, for me they took a poor connection, that dropped all the time, to a good, that never drops.and when i upgraded to the linksys usb wireless g my signal went to excellent.

i have 4 different wireless networks, competing in my apt bldg.


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