Laptop Networking

By auntpeach ·
Don't yell at me! We will agree you're dealing with an idiot. But at least I'm smart enough to know where to find the smart people so that's how you got into this:

Currently- Comcast High Speed Cable ISP - Netgear Router and Comcast modem hooked to my Dell Dimension 4400, Pentium 4 CPU 160 GHz, 1.59 GHz, 768 MB Ram. High speed cable. SP2

Networking with husband's wireless Toshiba Satellite Lap Top, Pentium 4 CPU 3.06GHz, 3.07 GHz, 448 MB Ram SP2

Query -I want to get a lap top. IF I retire the Dell Dimension 4400 is there anyway to run the high speed cable unless one of the laptops is connected to the phone line at all times? Otherwise, how do you network? (Yes, I know.....that doesn't make any sense to me either but there are all sorts of wonderful computer things that I wouldn't have thought of if someone had not told me it was possible.)

AND UNRELATED - Can you advise me which forum to go on to learn about the different laptops or if there isn't one then a web site?

Thanks, Linda

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If I understand your question properly

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Laptop Networking

You have a WiFi Router that is connected to the Comcast Modem and on the other side to a Dell Desktop.

You can either connect the new NB to the existing Ethernet cable or through the WiFi Access Point.

No you don't permanently need a computer connected to allow the system to work but if you need to configure anything you'll need a Direct Cable Connection and not the WiFi Connection.

As for NB's I'll leave that to someone in your area who will know what is going on closer to where you live.


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Yes, That's what I was asking.

by auntpeach In reply to If I understand your ques ...

Thank you so much. I thought there was a way to do it - just didn't know how. I really appreciate you folks who give me such good advice. This was the first time I've posted because I can usually find what I'm looking for. Thanks again. Linda

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by landonholley In reply to Laptop Networking

ZDNet has hundreds of product reviews and is a great place to go to check out laptops if you're in the market.

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by auntpeach In reply to ZDNet

Thank you so much. Don't know why I didn't think of that. Linda

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