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I wish to have my desktop wired but require wifi mobile (cell) ph access to download updates apps etc. Can this be done easily

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March 24, 2014 7:06:00 PM

I want to be able to connect wifi for mobile/cell phone downloads/updates but have my desktop remain hard wired to the internet effectively creating a private hot spot. Is this achievable without large financial outlays? Thanks in advance, Mickles45
March 24, 2014 7:33:52 PM

I assume you have a home router already? Does it have more than one Ethernet port to plug in devices? If so you can just add a wireless AP. What do you consider a large financial outlay for this project?
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March 24, 2014 7:45:19 PM

Yes home router is a dlink adls2 one ethernet connection. Connections are: phone line into modem, ethernet to voip then voip to computer. Large financial outlay would be in the hundreds of $$$
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March 24, 2014 7:47:38 PM

If your Wired Router does not have wireless support there are few options

1) Replace Router with one that supports wireless
2) As mentioned by Abailey an external wireless AP (access point) - this will require a spare Ethernet port on your current router

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If you cannot replace your Dlink then a switch or hub can be used to extent more ports
Some switches also support wireless...

Usually just cheaper to replace the Dlink with one that supports wireless - and easier less cables and power suplies
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March 24, 2014 7:51:17 PM

so if I am to purchase a wired modem/router with 2 ethernet APs one connected as is and the other connected to a wireless modem this would solve my issue?
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March 24, 2014 7:52:42 PM

I thought the Dlink adsl2 had wireless built in. What is the number on your router (like DSL-2680 or something)?
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March 24, 2014 8:00:38 PM

adsl 2+ router model DSL- 502T generation II. It has one adls& one usb & one ethernet ports
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March 24, 2014 8:01:03 PM

The higher end ones typically come with 4 ports...
The ADSL come in different varieties

1 port Ones typically don't support wifi
4 port ones usually do
but there are many models and do vary

Definitely check you model number - google it
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March 24, 2014 8:02:31 PM

DSL- 502T does not support wifi

If your ring up your ISP they may just send you out one if you say your new computer is a laptop and you need wireless connection...
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March 24, 2014 8:11:58 PM

I agree with others I would see if your ISP might update your gateway for you. If not then I would agree with replacing it with one that does support wireless. Getting it free from your ISP would be great but if not then you should not pay more than $100 for a solution (whether you replace the modem/router or add a router/AP with built in switch and use it in AP only mode).
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March 24, 2014 8:14:37 PM

unfortunately I own the modem but am prepared to purchase a new one.
So to recheck if I purchase a 4 port wired modem then plug in as is & add wireless router for my phone and printer would that solve my issue?
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March 24, 2014 8:25:01 PM

Total Replacement of Dlink 520T

New Wireless One - Will support wired and wireless
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March 25, 2014 8:16:08 AM

mickles45 said:
unfortunately I own the modem but am prepared to purchase a new one.
So to recheck if I purchase a 4 port wired modem then plug in as is & add wireless router for my phone and printer would that solve my issue?


All you need is a inexpensive router with WiFi. They can be bought for as little as US$20 with a four port Ethernet LAN switch built in. Plug the Dlink into one Ethernet LAN port and adjust the settings on the new router to nullify its router side and let the old Dlink handle that.

Or, of course, you could get an expensive WiFi router and potentially get better WiFi from it. Or get an all in one with a cable modem built in and have only one piece of equipment to manage.
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