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I have pc hookup to DSL, want to add laptop...maybe go wireless

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July 11, 2008 1:54:35 AM

Hi there
I'm hoping I you guys could help me with a hookup. I have my desktop pc hooked via ethernethttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet DSLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_subscriber_line box from the phone company and I am purchasing a used Compaq Presariohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compaq_Presario 2100 laptop to also use in my home. Now i am really anewbie on this....can I split the connection to hookup my DSL and the PC at the same time or how can i get my laptop wireless. No one around me has wireless connections in the neighborhood. Trying to do this as lesse expensive as possible. Your help will be appreciated.

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July 11, 2008 1:44:16 PM

Do you have a modem? Look at the back of it. Are there any duplicate Ethernet ports? Some modems have built-in routers that can hook up to multiple PCs or a LAN.

If not, you'll need a router. A wireless one is the best for laptops so you can move around. You don't need $100. $50 or less can buy a good wireless router. Look for 802.11g. Dlink, Linksys, Belkin are a few good brands. Also, your laptop needs a wireless 802.11g card. Can be had for $20 or less. Avoid chain stores unless it's on sale. After you get it, post back.
July 13, 2008 7:14:58 PM

the used laptop came with a card. It is a Belkin Wireless G PLUS MIMO Notebook card G+MIMO. Model F5D9010. I don't know how old the card is, but should I get the Belkin router to match or does it matter?
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July 13, 2008 7:15:56 PM

The DSL modem is a single ethernt by the way.
July 13, 2008 8:44:56 PM

no you dont need a belkin model router. pretty much any wireless g router or n router with backwards compatibility for b/g will work.
July 14, 2008 11:52:22 AM

^^^ What he said. You might wanna look into a wireless MIMO router.