Getting a wireless card essentially bypasses your built-in wireless card. It can in many cases extend your wireless signal (which can significantly speed up your internet browsing), but not tremendously. However, if you purchase a card, you will want to make sure that when you install it, you have your built-in card turned off, or they will most likely conflict with each other. Regarding security - an external card will, by default, not make your network any more secure than it was before. You need to secure your network in the router configuration. I suggest you call Verizon and have them walk you through the procedure. Regarding the correct card, there are many to choose from, and the price ranges are all across the board. Just go to a store that sells computer products and tell them you need a PC Card for your laptop and explain your situation the best you can and they will hopefully point you in the right direction.
I am completely new to wireless networking. I've been reading for a couple of hours trying to figure it out and would appreciate anyone that can help me.
I have a Westell versalink 327W that cam along with my verizon dsl package. I beleive it is a modem and router.
I am trying to get my laptop connected to my network so I can go online and use the printer connected to my desktop.
I just double clicked on the wireless connections on my laptop and picked my modem off the list that came up (says unsecured wireless network) and I can go online when I am sitting in the same room, elsewhere it goes painfully slow.
I went onto verizon's website and they recommend a wireless pc card for the laptop. Is that going to make a connection faster?safer? Can someone tell me what I need or at least start me off in the right direction.