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Wired computer on a wireless router?

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June 20, 2011 7:21:26 PM

I want a wireless router to use my ipod touch and laptop, but my dad is suspicious of wireless internet on his main computer (he says that, even with a password, he doesn't feel it is "secure" enough). Can a computer stay wired when you have a wireless router... like if the main computer stays on a wired line while the wireless router is used by other computers in the house?
June 20, 2011 7:30:41 PM

Yes most routers have four LAN ports which you can connect the computer to.
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June 20, 2011 7:32:37 PM

Every wireless router I have seen has four wired ports for desktop computers, so the answer is yes.
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June 21, 2011 5:04:14 AM

How close do you live to other people? Wireless can only go about 300ft. MAX, as far as I know, and that gets drastically reduced as you go through stucco and wood and concrete. Wireless networks are safe, by definition, as long as no one is within the proximity to steal your bandwidth. Your dad sounds paranoid, but then again, I don't know your situation here.

Like everyone else said, you can use ethernet cables to rout from your router/modem to your computer and that might be an even better option in the future as the CAT5 ethernet cables are soon going to be able to carry much more than just internet signals (HD video, sound, internet, tv) -->http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ethernet-cable-hdmi-di...
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June 28, 2011 3:13:54 AM

Best answer selected by goofyunc.
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