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Want Wireless for 3Com Ethernet Router + Alcatel DSL Modem

We have a Windows 2000 Pro network with 2 computers and 2 HP LaserJet printers with HP JetDirect cards).

We have a 3Com 8-port 10/100 Ethernet router and an Alcatel Speed Touch Home DSL modem. We just want to add wireless capabilities to this setup, probably mainly for use with laptops.

Which wireless router would be a good match to connect to our existing setup? Devices using wireless would be short distances from the hub - none more than about 100 feet most less than 50 feet.

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Try adding a WAP to an open....
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Cross-link or regular cable?

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We make our own 568A ethernet cables, so the cable that ships with the Linksys will probably not work, based on previous experience.

Do you know if I could use the same cable type that my devices already use, or would I need a crosslink cable?

Thanks for your help.

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Usually a straight-thru CAT 5 cable....

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will do, but most switches these days will auto-sense the cable configs and adjust accordingly.

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Will try LinkSys cable first

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We'll try the LinkSys cable first - I'll order their access point and wireless notebook card.

Linksys has an inexpensive one and an "SRX" version - looks like the "SRX" is not really fully working yet, so will go with the earlier card - that seems to be about $38, as opposed to ~$120 for the newer, fancier one.

Thanks for your help.

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