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How to enable my PC for Wireless Internet Connection ?

  1. Apr 6, 2003 #1
    What hardware do i need to buy ?
     
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  3. Apr 6, 2003 #2
    An 802.11b or 802.11a wireless network card -- PCMCIA for a laptop, PCI for a desktop. Around $50. That'll allow you to log on to most existing wireless networks (there's a new standard just now coming out, 802.11g I think, faster but more expensive.) If you want to set up a network yourself, you also need a base station/hub/router, which'll run $100, maybe less.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2003 #3
    is it capable of broadband internet ?
     
  5. Apr 6, 2003 #4

    Greg Bernhardt

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    Yes and the speed is great contrary to what alot of people say. I have a wireless network at home with a desktop and two laptops and I will tell you I love it. Buy linksys, they are the best. Get USB network adapters too. They rock!
     
  6. Apr 6, 2003 #5

    russ_watters

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    And the new 802.11G. 54mb. I just got one a month ago. Its great.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2003 #6
    Yeah, I used to get wireless access from my, uh, friends across the street. :wink: They had a cable modem, and I could easily get 80 kb/sec even from next door.

    [Word to the wise: make sure you secure your wireless transmitter! They usually come preconfigured to be open to the public!]
     
  8. Apr 7, 2003 #7

    russ_watters

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    Yeah, a buddy of mine cancelled his cable subscription because he's able to share with a "friend" of his.
     
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