i just bought a laptop and i am on the second floor of our house. my aunt has her office on the first floor and has a wired router... i want to buy my own router so that i can use it just for my laptop. do i have to connect it to my aunts router or can i connect it to the phone outlet and get internet from there? p.s. i want to use wireless.
my aunts is an ewire router and when she called att ( thats the internet provider we have) they told her that she needed to buy another router so that we can get wireless... but i want one that only i can use in my room... i dont know if i am making any sense...
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September 30, 2008 6:23:27 PM
Assuming you have ADSL (though probably still true of cable) you can only connect one modem to a line (that's the bit of the router that interfaces with the incoming data).
You could link a wireless router or wireless access point to your aunt's present wired router by ethernet cable.
But replacing the existing unit with a wireless router supplied by the ISP is a much simpler option as it should connect to the ISP straight out of the box.
You'll have to work out how to link it to your computer by wireless -- so be prepared to read the manual for it and your wireless adapter.
As long as your aunt has her router hooked up to the modem you will be unable to do what you're describing. You do however have a few options:
1) As mentioned above, you can disable the DHCP server on your wireless router and connect it to her wired router via a cat5e cable. Essentially all you have done is added a wireless access point that will let you connect.
You can also apply what is known as MAC address filtering so only your computer will be able to connect wirelessly; but you will still be sharing the same network that her computer is on.
2) Get a second internet connection. While this will clearly cost a monthly fee you can then have your own connection/router and she can have hers.