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Does Anyone Have A Wireless Router?

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SonjaMarie
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Does Anyone Have A Wireless Router?

Postby SonjaMarie » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 11:38 pm

And if someone does, how good does it work through closed doors and what type and approximately how much did it cost you?

I'm in the market for one so my niece can be online at the same time with me, but not always in my room when she wants to be on.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 11:40 pm

We had one at our house that was on the 2nd floor in a bedroom. It would work with my wireless laptop in the basement, outside on the deck, in the garage - basically anywhere in the house. I bought it a couple of years ago and think it was about $50.

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 11:42 pm

we have one and it works everywhere. the neighbors also have one, and sometimes if I have my laptop in the dining room, I pick up their router instead of mine!

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Postby Grasshopper » Thu September 4th, 2008, 12:20 am

Unless your house is made of lead or 10,000,000 square feet, you'll be fine with any wifi-G or -N router out there. I usually recommend Linksys. I've had, and have heard of, some lemons with D-Link and have not tried some of the other brands.

Wireless routers are a necessity if you have broadband AND have more than one computer, especially a laptop.

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Postby Divia » Thu September 4th, 2008, 1:09 am

I have one and I think it works great. My friend bought it for me, so I'll have to check to see which one it is. But its lin the livingroom and I"m upstairs. No trouble.

I did have some issues when I first got it becuase I would have to put the security code in all the time, but now I dont have an issue.
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Postby SonjaMarie » Thu September 4th, 2008, 4:35 am

Ok, how exactly does someone connect to the wireless router?

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Postby pat » Thu September 4th, 2008, 4:53 am

I have a Belkin one. For me, it is set up with the main PC. I am on the wireless enabled laptop, and I basically just click the internet icon and go online. The main PC does not have to be on and running, infact at the moment it is having a hissy fit and will find itself thrown from the room in a fit of rage, but that is another matter!

My laptop has the wireless thingy built into it, but my old one had a card that I inserted into a special slot that allowed me to connect.

If you do go wireless do make it a secure site, give it a password then your neighbors cant log in on your connection. You dont need to remember the password all the time, its only if it has a hic-cup.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Thu September 4th, 2008, 5:02 am

Both Harm and I have built in wireless adapter thingies and I know she can connect at her old school. I'm looking at this one:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Linksys-Wireless-G-Broadband-Router-WRT54G2/sem/rpsm/oid/207051/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

It has really good ratings and reviews. And it's a lot cheaper then what I'd pay at the IT place on the island. From what I understand there's a disc that you put on the computers you want to connect. And I assume you plug your cord from the modem you have for your internet (like Comcast) in to it? Or am I totally confused?

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Postby Vanessa » Thu September 4th, 2008, 7:09 am

We have wireless and it works fine in our house from room to room - we have really thick walls, too. Our phone works over the internet as well.
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Postby Grasshopper » Thu September 4th, 2008, 11:02 am

That's a good product, SM. Go for it!

Getting connected out of the box is the easy part. The directions should be short and sweet.

The more difficult part may be to secure your new wireless network. This is important....and highly variable, depending on the the equipment and configuration of your equipment. It's a little difficult to advise before you have product in hand and hooked up.

Securing your network may take a little work, but IMHO, everyone should learn how to take care of their wireless network and allow only those you want to access the network.

Good luck!

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