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Wireless Router and cable modem

By TGMcCallie ·
I am not networked with a wired cable model and a wired routed to 4 computers. Is it possible to use my Linksys cable model and a wireless router? If so do I need a special card for my desktops none of which are presently wireless. Can the desktops be configured with only a wireless adapter?

I would like to get rid of the cables and also not have to hard wire one of my computers which is across the room from the others.

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RE: Is it possible to use my Linksys cable model and a wireless router?

by OH Smeg In reply to Wireless Router and cable ...

Yes it is possible but you still need a wire from the Modem tot he Uplink Port of the Router.

If so do I need a special card for my desktops none of which are presently wireless.

Yes you do need a WiFi Adapter in each & every Computer.

Can the desktops be configured with only a wireless adapter?

No not really as most LAN Cards are part of the M'Board they can not be removed from the computer. You can however chose to use the slower connection which is the WiFi only and ignore or Disable the LAN Ports.

Well first thing is that WiFi is considerably slower the current slowest Wired Connection is about twice as fast as the Fastest WiFi Connection can possibly be. If you have any RF Interference it will affect the WiFi LAN and can do anything from degrade the signal to causing the entire system to Drop Out completely. Generally however it just causes the system to Slow Down and issue a lot of Dropped Packets.

Here I'm supposing that the Modem is currently in use all that is now required is to run a CAT5 Cable from the Output of the Modem to the Uplink Port of the WiFi Router. Then with another CAT5 cable connected to one of the Routers LAN Ports plug in any computer handy and enter the WiFi Routers HTTP Address in a Web Browser and then the User Name & Password to gain access to the Routers Setup protocols. Set these as required but change both the Default Password and any Security Passwords/PassPhrase of the WiFi Router. You'll -probably need the Supplied Instruction Manual here which either came as a Printed Manual or a PDF File on the CD that came with the Router. Follow the steps in this and that's all that is required.

Now when it comes to the remaining computers without and WiFi Connections you need some method of connecting these to the WiFi Access Point that is your WiFi Router. There are 2 Distinct types of Adapters here the Best is a PCI Plug In Card with an Ariel that sticks out the back of the computer case and can be moved around to get the best signal possible.

http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/p/tp-link-tl-wn550g-wireless-pci-card-fixed-antenna/?gclid=CJaU-Y-X_pcCFQkiagodD3YlCg

Or the crappy USB Devices which can allow a poor signal to be received in an otherwise strong Signal Area.

http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/p/tp-link-tl-wn321g-wireless-usb-adapter/?gclid=CIvOpq2X_pcCFQsQagodYlCDBw

You need to buy as many of these as you require to connect to your computers. While the USB are easier to connect because everything is in the USB Package it often proves impossible to change the Orientation of the Aerial to get the best results. But with the USB Devices they Do Not require any computers to be opened and parts fitted.

The PCI Card Type which are the better thing to use require the computer to be shut down opened and parts fitted then the computer restarted checked for proper function and then the Drivers & Associated Software Installed.

After you have the necessary drivers installed for your WiFi Adapters open the WiFi Connections and run the WiFi Network Setup Wizard when prompted enter whatever security Passwords/PassPhrase are on the Router and finish off the setup.

You now have a Working WiFi Local Area Network which extends up to 550 Meters in all directions from your WiFi Router and will enable anyone with the correct Protocols or the ability to Crack your WiFi Access Points Security access tot he Internet and your Data Stored on all attached computers/Printers and so on.

Really quite easy. :)

Col

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