The only time you need a wired connection is when you may need to update the firmware on the router. Never do it wirelessly. Unplug it for general use.
Enable encryption on all devices connected. When the device (laptop or desktop) transmits, anyone can see it.
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I have the following computer hardware:
#1 computer: HP Pavillion a1110n desktop with 512RAM/160HDD/Win XP Home
#2 computer: Toshiba laptop with 512RAM/80HDD/Win XP Pro
I'm running the following wireless hardware:
D-Link DCM 202 cable modem; D-Link WBR 1310 wireless router; Belkin wireless PCI card in the HP desktop; Belkin wireless PCMCIA adapter in the laptop.
Connections: TV Cable to modem, ethernet cable #1 - modem to router, ethernet cable #2 - router to desktop.
First question: Even though everything is running fine, I'm wondering if I need the ethernet cable from the router to the desktop since I have a wireless card in the desktop? One source said to remove it another source said to leave it in.
Second question: I have a WPE 64 bit encryption installed on the desktop with MAC addresses on both computers. Do I need to have some kind of encryption on the laptop? One source said I didn't need since I had it on the desktop. Is this correct? If so, is it because the encryption is on the network rather than on the computer itself?