Wireless Router Setup

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Can anyone help me out? I currently have a router in my home office. I want to replace this router with a wireless router I have two laptops and two desktops my two laptops have wireless nic cards and I would like to have my two desktops to remain hard wire. Would there be a router that can do anything like this transmit wireless signal and hardwire to a hardwire computer? and how hard will be to configure this router? please advise if anyone have done something like this before. Thank you in advance.
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get a linksys, netgear, belkin, or any brand with a 4 port switch built in and a wireless capability. it’s that simple

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  • Dreamscape
    Consider going with the linksys router. Linksys routers are the easiest to setup and secure. This model will set you up for all needs. http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1115416826028&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper
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  • Paul144hart
    Window shop at any local office store or electronics store. Its fairly easy to add the wireless access point to the hard wire LAN that you alreay have. Only thing to watchful of is if you just add to check if your are using the same default gateway address for the wireless access. Most have a tiny web server built-in to change the config. If you add a wireless access point / router, you'll have the wireless laptop on a different subnet than the hard wire. Example: Hardwire is 192.168.0.1 GW and 192.168.0.X subnet, add the wireless on as 192.168.1.X, have laptops use the wireless access GW, and the wireless gate points to the hardwired router GW (192.168.0.1 usually is all the defaults). -Paul
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  • TJBaum
    Ok lets make this easy... 1) Buy a WBR-1310 - this will give you a 4 port switch for the desktops and wireless access for the notebooks. It comes with software to autodetect your equipment and setup the computers automatically. 2) Once connected learn about the Firewall and set it up tight, by default you will be OK for starters. 3) Download Spybot and use the advance mode to checkout any process running that maybe contacting the outside world and causeing a breech in your firewall. Also check your startup list to verify every start up item. This should give you a clean secure network. One note there are differnet flavors of 802.11G distance from the router being the most critical issue. If you need distance then position and Mfg models may need some research. Enjoy!
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  • Bermuda
    Cool solution... Netgear DG834GT ... nice bit of home user device. Good documentation ie simple and to the point. Reasonably priced, less than #70=. Readily available, Misco,Inmac the usual. Small footprint 6" x 5" x 1" but doesn't overheat in confined space if you leave a little extra space around it. Omnidirectional 'stub' antenna, good range - in my experience 75ft through/via various materials eg brick / closed doors. Input 'proper ethernet' phone line (ours BT) PPoA/PPoE etc)connects 4 physical ports and easily connects to laptops, I use Acer, my wife Dell but any laptop with fairly recent Intel Pro chipset should have no problem. Do a 'Google', you'll get a mass of info' if you have any doubts. Oh, I forgot... looks sexy silver too!
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  • Hoopsdavis
    Personally I'd recommend the Linksys Wireless-G MIMO Router with SRX400 Model: WRT54GX4 But as mentioned before you can shop around at any electronic store in your area for a device that best fits your needs as well as budget. Anthony Davis VoIP Support Engineer
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  • Kbrugnani
    I have a Linksys wireless W54G and I have yet to have any problems with it. Just be sure that you use encryption key (SSID) with your wireless connections. This is because anyone close enough to you can see your network and I don't think I would want anyone to access my files if ya know what I mean. As far as setting it up it was pretty simple and if you are not network savvy not to worry the setup wizard works well. Keith Brugnani MCSA
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