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New wireless internet User...

by deadgurlee / February 25, 2005 4:41 AM PST

Well... I recently bought a Toshiba laptop and I've already got a home PC that is using a cable modem. I've got wireless internet on my laptop, and I was wondering if anyone was able to explain (in simple terms Happy since I'm kind of new to this whole thing) if and how I can still use my cable modem for my home PC but get some sort of wireless connection for my laptop while I'm at home. I'm just curious what all I need to buy and when I do- if someone would be able to explain in easy terms how exactly I should go about hooking everything up :). If anyone can help me it would be greatly appreciated seeing as in I'm new to all this. Thanks!

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Here's a good place to start...
by Michael Geist / February 25, 2005 9:05 AM PST
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by deadgurlee / February 25, 2005 9:23 AM PST

one last question though, since I don't really know what a lot of this stuff ACTUALLY is... do I need to get a wireless PCMCIA card for my laptop, or is that whats already installed on it? because it came with the wireless internet thing... if this is correct... then I only need to buy a wireless PCI card for my desktop, and a wireless router, right? thanks for all your help!

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If the laptop is WiFi enabled....
by Michael Geist / February 25, 2005 9:40 AM PST
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you likely are already set up with a built-in wireless adapter, nothing needed to add here.

I would set up the cable modem and a wireless router near the desktop. In this way you can hard wire (CAT5 cable) the desktop (provided it has a NIC) and leave the wireless to the laptop. A little less costly and simpler to set up the router when wired to it.

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