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by elysius / April 7, 2006 5:53 PM PDT

This is my first to setting up a wireless home network. I'm presently using SBC DSL and have the 2 wire gateway unit for there DSL service to use on my other computer. My question is: What do I need to move forward with setting up network. Computer information below:

1). Compaq Presario computer
Windows XP
I have installed SBC DSL on this computer

2). Dell computer
Windows 98
I have the 2 wire gateway unit for this one.

Please assist me with what I need to purchase to move forward. If more information is need I can provide.


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router & network adapters
by linkit / April 7, 2006 10:26 PM PDT

In general, you need a ROUTER. Each computer needs a NETWORK ADAPTER. The router and network adapters can be wired or wireless--your choice.

Some 2Wire gateways are a combination DSL modem & Router with 4 network ports and wireless capability. Which one model do you have?

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2wire model
by elysius / April 10, 2006 8:58 AM PDT

The 2wire model I have is: 1701HG Gateway. What is a network adapter?

Thanks Anthony

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some answers
by linkit / April 10, 2006 11:00 AM PDT
In reply to: 2wire model

Your 2Wire 1701HG Gateway is supposed to have 4 ports for making wired connections and the ability to make wireless connections.

Connect up to 4 computers with a newtork cable to share the broadband Internet service. The network cable plugs into the computer's network adapter (sometimes called an ethernet adapter, network interface card, NIC, 10/100 adapter, et al.).

If you want to make wireless connections to your 2Wire gateway, your gateway needs to be wireless capable and each computer that is to connect wirelessly is to have a wireless network adapter that is compatible with the gateway.

If your gateway doesn't have multiple network ports or wireless capability, you can add a WIRELESS BROADBAND ROUTER to it.

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