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Buying wireless router and laptop....???

By david__001 ·
Req advice on buying/setting-up wireless router and laptop...

Hi all.

I am looking for advice on setting up a wireless link between a wireless router (of course) and a laptop, which I wish to use around the house/garden. Can anyone tell me the details surrounding this goal, and perhaps give any sources of further information? Indeed, input from those who already running such a set-up would be much appreciated...

Put simply, I?m looking for recommendations on:

-- purchase of a good laptop
-- purchase of some kind of receiver card for laptop?
-- purchase of wireless router
-- any other things/circumstances that should be considered that I haven?t thought about!

I am currently working from a central desktop PC with ntl broadband (UK) in an upstairs room. No purchases have been made as yet, although in regards to the Wireless Router I've done some initial investigations into some of the current NetGear equipment available?


Any help much appreciated! Thanks in advance.

David.

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by niagarawirelesscon In reply to Buying wireless router an ...

Hello David

I am a reletive newcomer to the wireless world but I hope I can assist you !! As for the laptop, you can save yourself some effort by using the Intel Centrino chip in your new laptop. It has the card built right in and chances are if you bought a Centrino, you will have XP a well. XP has programs that are designed to work with wireless and it will extend battery life as well, depending on your power configuration.
At this time, it is only available in 802.11b. This is good for personal use , if interference
is not much of a problem ( microwave ovens and 2.4ghz. cordless phones ) As for a router, Netgear...Lynksys...D-link, all have inexpensive personal systems available. In your investigations, I am sure that you are aware of wireless security pitfalls,choose a system that you can configure the best security that you can.
The routing feature will allow you to still connect your PC and maintain wireless connectivity with your laptop. Placement of the hardware should not be much of a problem , if you intend on using your laptop outside your home , provided your yard is not full of large trees and the distance is not great. These objects can and do cause a disruption in signals, again depending on the severity. If you can place the router near the window in your upsairs room where you PC is located you may have LOS (line of sight )
to your laptop, which is much prefered. I hope I was able to answer a few of your questions and good luck, David.

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by niagarawirelesscon In reply to Buying wireless router an ...

Hello David

I am a reletive newcomer to the wireless world but I hope I can assist you !! As for the laptop, you can save yourself some effort by using the Intel Centrino chip in your new laptop. It has the card built right in and chances are if you bought a Centrino, you will have XP a well. XP has programs that are designed to work with wireless and it will extend battery life as well, depending on your power configuration.
At this time, it is only available in 802.11b. This is good for personal use , if interference
is not much of a problem ( microwave ovens and 2.4ghz. cordless phones ) As for a router, Netgear...Lynksys...D-link, all have inexpensive personal systems available. In your investigations, I am sure that you are aware of wireless security pitfalls,choose a system that you can configure the best security that you can.
The routing feature will allow you to still connect your PC and maintain wireless connectivity with your laptop. Placement of the hardware should not be much of a problem , if you intend on using your laptop outside your home , provided your yard is not full of large trees and the distance is not great. These objects can and do cause a disruption in signals, again depending on the severity. If you can place the router near the window in your upsairs room where you PC is located you may have LOS (line of sight )
to your laptop, which is much prefered. I hope I was able to answer a few of your questions and good luck, David.

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by niagarawirelesscon In reply to Buying wireless router an ...

Hello David

I am a reletive newcomer to the wireless world but I hope I can assist you !! As for the laptop, you can save yourself some effort by using the Intel Centrino chip in your new laptop. It has the card built right in and chances are if you bought a Centrino, you will have XP a well. XP has programs that are designed to work with wireless and it will extend battery life as well, depending on your power configuration.
At this time, it is only available in 802.11b. This is good for personal use , if interference
is not much of a problem ( microwave ovens and 2.4ghz. cordless phones ) As for a router, Netgear...Lynksys...D-link, all have inexpensive personal systems available. In your investigations, I am sure that you are aware of wireless security pitfalls,choose a system that you can configure the best security that you can.
The routing feature will allow you to still connect your PC and maintain wireless connectivity with your laptop. Placement of the hardware should not be much of a problem , if you intend on using your laptop outside your home , provided your yard is not full of large trees and the distance is not great. These objects can and do cause a disruption in signals, again depending on the severity. If you can place the router near the window in your upsairs room where you PC is located you may have LOS (line of sight )
to your laptop, which is much prefered. I hope I was able to answer a few of your questions and good luck, David.

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by david__001 In reply to Buying wireless router an ...

Thanks for your quick reply :)

Here?s an update on my last post. Hopefully this covers gaps left by first post.

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Current set-up:

One cable broadband connection (UK; ntl; ethernet) going into upstairs room.

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Planned set-up:

Cable connection to be ported into wireless router, and connection shared with desktop PC (wired cnnctn) and laptop (wireless cnnctn) respectively.

Considerations:

-- Keep broadband connection point in same place - locate wireless router beside it.

-- Distance between the wireless router + laptop is 5-20m.

-- Property quite old, with reasonably sized walls - nothing *too* thick, but old and sturdy all the same. Thicker than most 'new builds' but not excessive.

-- Desire wireless router + laptop card of same brand.

-- May add another desktop to home network at later time.

-- Laptop PCMCIA wireless card also has to work with a wireless network that my employer runs in/around their workplace location. Have seen several of my associates use a particular kind of PCMCIA card in their laptops to receive this signal Is this significant?

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Summary:

Here is the equipment I would like purchasing advice on:

- Wireless Router: fast/secure; G-standard (802.11G > 54mbps). Desirable brands: Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, Buffalo, SMC.

- PCMCIA laptop card: Wish to avoid USB-based products. Desirable: Netgear, D-Link, Linksys, Buffalo, SMC.

- Laptop: Good battery life/performance. Desirable: Dell, Toshiba, IBM, Sony and HP.

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If anyone has specific hardware recommendations/examples, these would be very much appreciated! :)

Thanks again

David

PS: was forwarded useful link, giving introduction to wireless networking (http://www.vicomsoft.com/knowledge/reference/wireless1.html)

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by wlbowers In reply to Buying wireless router an ...

For the laptop. I recommend Dell or Sony.

For the wireless setup go to linksys.com. You will find everything you need there for the wireless setup.

Good Luck Lee

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