A friend of mine asked me to build him a rig and i was interested in building him a system that had wifi on his mobo. My only problem is that i'm illitereate regarding wireless networking. I will read up if there are link to bring me up to speed. However i do have a small question :
Zotac offers most of their mobo lineups with wifi onboard as Asus do. Can i connect a laptop to the onboard wifi on my mobo and share internet through to the laptop? what other hardware would i need if i went with the zotac route, to extend the net to the laptop?
You would not need any hardware other than the desktop connected to the Internet with an Ethernet cable and also having a wireless card, which can then act as an access point for the wireless laptop by simply bridging the networks on the desktop machine (simply done by highlighting both networks in the control panel, right click and select bridge networks) or using the shared internet connection feature (which must be unchecked if you use the bridge approach).
Of course, the desktop would have to be on for the laptop to get a connection.
Sure, all wireless cards will just form an adhoc network (in the last step of their example they use ICS, rather than a bridge) that will be bridged to the Internet in the Windows 7 desktop networking. As THIS shows it is very easy, just make sure that none of the computers have the Internet Connection Sharing box checked -- it interferes with the bridge.