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Simple question.

Hello all. Simple question..not too sure about it..never ran into this problem. (Probably already posted. However, all my searches get me close to the answer but never the exact one I need).

I was wondering: Do you need a computer directly connected via cable to use a wireless router? Friend has a desktop now, however, they are getting a laptop and want to get rid of the desktop. I know they could use the laptop to connect to the modem, but let's say they want to use it upstairs where it couldn't be directly connected. Is there a way to set up a modem/wireless router by itself?

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You need it directly connected . . .

In reply to: Simple question.

to the router to set up the wireless connection. After wireless is set up you can "cut the cord".

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Thank you.

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Ah ok. Thats what I was thinking..however, I never ran into the need to do it. Thats exactly what I told them we could probably do. Thank you for the help.

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