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  1. #1
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    Jan 2005

    Wireless Broadband

    I have broadband downstairs connected to my PC. I want to move my PC upstairs. is there anything i can buy that will allow me to have wireless broadband meaning i wouldnt have to change were the broadband is installed and allows me to move my pc/laptop

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    New York City
    You can get a wireless broandband router, no? I use a Linksys Wireless-G Router. You hook up the modem to the router, and the router distributes internet access to computers on the network.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Auburn, AL
    I have a dlink wireless router. I would not suggest wireless though, just because it creates its own problems, some wirless phones may interfear, signal strengh may get weak, there are all sorts of issues. Also if you use wireless I suggest using some light weight encryption (you can set that in the router config), that is just so your neighbor can get on your network and download child porn or whatever and get you in trouble because the feds saw a bunch of child porn goin to your ip, or pirated software, movies, whatever. Wireless routers are fairly cheap, but a wireless network card might run you around 80 bucks.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    cheers mate

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Go wireless... I'm not a talented techie (as a search on this forum will prove), but I love my wireless network.

    I use these three products from US Robotics

    - USR019106 : U.S. Robotics® SureConnect ADSL Wireless Gateway (has modem and router in one)

    - USR805410 : U.S. Robotics® Wireless Turbo PC Card (for laptop)

    - USR805416 : U.S. Robotics® Wireless Turbo PCI Adapter (for desktop)

    They were a doddle to set up and all work fine. Advice I heard though: try to ensure you use products from the same manufactuer as they're likely to work more effectively together (although that shouldn't be the case).


  6. #6
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    Mar 2003
    The Lone Star State
    The only reason I have not switcted to a wireless router is because they don't give the same amount of speed as a wire full router does.
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  7. #7
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    May 2004
    The Big M
    For full commercial uses, there is no difference, even for a B. My upstairs computer recieves an amazing, almost perfect 100mb/s speed. Download times are usually 300k to 400k from download.com . I have Belikin 2.4 Ghz 802.11b Wireless Router.
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  8. #8
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    Jul 2003
    New York City
    Why not wireless? It's very easy, one can move around without thinking about it. I've got four computers using my home network, and I can transfer between computers at about 50mbs. At 802.11g I don't have much if any interferance at the frequency being run, I use encryption, never any issues. I'm very happy, and no wires.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Auburn, AL
    Originally posted by theuedimaster
    For full commercial uses, there is no difference, even for a B. My upstairs computer recieves an amazing, almost perfect 100mb/s speed. Download times are usually 300k to 400k from download.com . I have Belikin 2.4 Ghz 802.11b Wireless Router.
    You will not notice a drop in internet speed, but if you want to move files over the network you will notice a loss in speed I think.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Originally posted by theuedimaster
    I have Belikin 2.4 Ghz 802.11b Wireless Router.
    The problem with 2.4 is that most handheld wireless devices run on this frequency (such as phones or xbox controllers) and if you have the router near one of these devices when they're on and transmitting data (let's say for example the phone goes off) then your wireless connection get's messed up momentarily and will sometimes need to be 'repaired'.

    I have a 2.4 wireless router and while 'repairing' the connection isn't the end of the world, I eventually moved my wireless phones downstairs (the router is upstairs) and bought a regular phone for my room because it became increasingly annoying with every call.

    Wireless is great, especially for laptops and other portable devices, you just have to make sure it's secure, and doesn't encounter too much interference.

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