Hey guys, I want to connect to my friends wireless connection. He lives down the hall and one floor down in an apartment complex.
Sounds pretty far away and cluttered for the router to even reach your pc. What I would do to test the connection is to borrow a/your friend's wireless adapter. See if you pick up his/her specific SSID, and not anyone else's. If you do pick it up, make sure the connection is stable and doesn't drop off every couple of minutes or hours.
My questions include ...
1. What kind of wireless adapter card do you reccomend? USB, PCI, etc.
2. What sort of antenna do you reccomend? External, built-in, etc. Keep in mind this is a desktop I am trying to connect, it will not be moving.
3. What program do I use to "see" and connect to this connection? Is that what NetStumbler does?
4. Are most wireless networks based on the 802.11b, or 802.11g interface?
1. I have the linksys WMP54G (PCI) and it works great.
2. I recommend the stock antenna unless you need better.
3. You either use Windows XP's wireless configuration or the software that's supplied by the manufacturer. NetStumbler is to see what wireless connections that are floating around - not to connect.
4. Most wireless networks are a mix of both. Newer routers support both, and G offers maximum compatiblilty with older (B) and newer (G) ones.