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Need help w/wireless Laptop

by Myingan / November 8, 2004 7:51 AM PST

At my home I have a desktop HP Pavillion,I have cable internet on it & I'm the only one who uses it. I recently bought a wireless notebook (HP pavillion) so as to do some lessons while traveling. I know I might need a router, but do I also need a PC card too, one like this?:
Linksys Instant Wireless Network PC Card, WPC11-Version 4

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Re: Need help w/wireless Laptop
by KenSanramon / November 8, 2004 8:05 AM PST

If you just bought an HP notebook it should have the minipci card built in (it should be referrred to likely as an Intel 2100 if it is B wireless only (original standard) or Intel 2200 b/g if it is the newer standard (supports b and g which is up to 5x faster). Or, you may have a Broadcomm minipci card.

You should have a button somewhere on your notebook (a blue light and the button is on the front of my HPZT3000/Compaq X1000 series) that you push to indicate you want the wi-fi activated on your notebook.

You only need a PCcard or USB wi-fi device if you didn't have the built in wi-fi (all desktops and older notebooks).

All you need is the router and any decent brand should be compatible. Once you set up the router (if you have a b/g minipci card you should get at least a 54G router which is backwards compatible to B) -- Dlink, Linksys, etc should all be fine -- you need to set up encryption to keep your wi-fi from being used by everyone ...

then, you have to go into the notebook and put in the encryption code -- once set up you don't have to worry about it -- if you turn on the wi-fi button it should instantly be logged onto your DSL or cable modem whereever it is in the house.

The internal wi-fi card keeps you from having to keep sticking in the external card and it is more efficient as well. Make sure you turn off the wi-fi button when not using wi-fi as that will save your battery life or even electricity (A/C) when not in use.

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Re: Need help w/wireless Laptop
by Myingan / November 8, 2004 9:09 AM PST

Thanks Ken! I do indeed have the built in, so now to buy a router!Thanks again!

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Re: Need help w/wireless Laptop
by KenSanramon / November 8, 2004 12:41 PM PST

Again, check the specs on your notebook built in minipci card to see if it was b only or the newer g standard. You can get a b wi-fi router for very cheap but you are better off getting a 54G wi-fi router (which you can still get for under $50 on discount) that will run G (5x faster) or B.

With DSL or cable you actually can't get the full 54G throughput (B is about 11mp/s) but the signal will be more stable and you will get somewhat of a faster signal.

You can get higher speeds and even buy an external pccard to go up to 108mb/s but this is only for file transfers between computers on your wi-fi network (not speeding up the internet web surfing through DSL or cable)

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