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Anonymous
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February 22, 2005 7:08:38 PM

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I want to move my pc to another room but keep my cable modem in its existing
place and i don't want cables laying about the place. Can I just buy a
router and a wirless pci card or will an access point and wireless pci do.
What is the difference ?
February 22, 2005 7:08:39 PM

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anthony fidler wrote:

> I want to move my pc to another room but keep my cable modem in its existing
> place and i don't want cables laying about the place. Can I just buy a
> router and a wirless pci card or will an access point and wireless pci do.
> What is the difference ?
>
>

You can setup your wireless with a router and a PCI or USB wireless adapter.

Before you relocate your computer, make sure you have the wireless
connection setup. If you have any problems, you'll need to use an
ethernet cable and connect directly to the router. But you should be
able to do it all by wireless.

USA Today has some info on WiFi:

http://usatoday.jiwire.com/
Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
February 22, 2005 7:08:39 PM

Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

anthony fidler wrote:
> I want to move my pc to another room but keep my cable modem in its existing
> place and i don't want cables laying about the place. Can I just buy a
> router and a wirless pci card or will an access point and wireless pci do.
> What is the difference ?

A router is what you want. An access point is more expensive and meant
to connect to an existing wireless network. The router also serves as a
hardware firewall which is much better than a software firewall, and
if you ever have more than one computer you can share the internet
connection.

As for the PC end, either a USB or PCI wireless card is fine, but just a
word of warning. The USB adapters that are just a small dongle (as
opposed to one that sits on the end of a length of cable) have pretty
bad reception. Good for line of sight but poor when walls are in between.

Anything that has an antenna or lets you move it (even inches can
improve reception) is a good thing.

One last thing - don't forget security. WEP is fine, WPA is better.
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