Connect your ADSL modem to a wireless router (not a hub). All computers will then connect to the router (via wired or wireless connection) in order to share the Internet connection provided by the ADSL modem.
To make a wired connection to the router, a computer needs a network adapter (sometimes called ethernet adapter, NIC, network card, etc.). Most computers already have these. To make a wireless connection the computer needs a wireless network adapter (either PCI, miniPCI (in notebooks), or external USB).
There are many inexpensive wireless-g routers that also have fout ports for making wired connections in addition to the wireless capability.
You may not need to purchase a router, as many ADSL modems that the ISPs provide have a built-in wireless router. Check with your ISP. As a personal preference, I prefer to use my own router.
Internet ----- modem ----- router ~ ~ ~ ~ computers
Internet ----- modem ----- router ----- computers
MODEM WITH BUILT-IN ROUTER
Internet ----- modem/router ~-~-~- computers
~ ~ ~ wireless
~-~-~- wired or wireless
I am currently accessing my broadband service using a standard broadband modem (specifically, BT Voyager 105, USB ADSL modem). I am transferring to a new modem provider and my housemates want to be able to access the copnnection on their laptops so we are looking at setting up a wireless hub. There are two phone connection points in our home. One is in my room and the other is downstairs in a communal area. Essentially, I am at an advantage as I have always been able to connect using my modem.
If we set up a wireless hub using the connection point in the communal area, will I still be able to connect using my broadband modem in my room, or will I now have to connect to the wireless hub?
I am using a Sony VAIO laptop with Windows XP. I am also moving out soon and don't want to spend a lot of money on the wirless hub if it is not to my advantage.
Also, what else will I ned for my won computer to connect aside from the hub itself?
Thanks for any help!