newbie question

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by seperatist, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. seperatist

    seperatist OSNN Senior Addict

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    my wife wants to set up a wireless network for my comp to hers. i have no idea where to start. we would like to stay under $150 for everything if possible. we are both running xp home and her comp will be about 10ft away. i am also on cable.


    any help?
     
  2. seperatist

    seperatist OSNN Senior Addict

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    i guess this must be a dumb question but i honestly have no idea what to get.
     
  3. Ohzopants

    Ohzopants My mom thinks I'm cool

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    check out the networking section at bestbuy.com.

    My personal opinion is avoid d-link at all cost, I know linksys is good (but usually a bit more $) and Netgear I have never used.

    All you really need is a wireless router and two wireless pci cards.

    Someone else here might be able to explain what the difference between 802.11b and 802.11g is.
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    This article should be simple enough to understand, and it should tell you pretty much all you need to know.
    I have had both Netgear and D-Link routers, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of them - they've both been solid, reliable devices. Shop around online. I'm sure you'll be able to get the wireless router and the two wireless cards for under $150.
     
  5. seperatist

    seperatist OSNN Senior Addict

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    she doesn't want the wires going across the living room floor. fashion is expensive.
     
  6. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    Get a wireless router and 2 PCI cards. A kit would be simplest and should have all the cables a router and 2 PCI cards. Get ones that say "G" standard. B is slower and less robust security. The only problem is getting through walls with wires and pipes and airconditioning ducts in them.

    Dlink or Linksys are fine.

    Look for a sale at best buy or compusa. Total price should not be over $100 and you may get lucky and come in for under $80.

    If you don't like the one you get return it and try another.

    Setup should be trivial. Use the wizard.

    Enjoy!

    PS If you don't have a best buy or compusa use www.newegg.com. But returns becomes a pain with mail order.
     
  7. seperatist

    seperatist OSNN Senior Addict

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    can i leave the router near my comp and use a wire and just get the pc card for her comp? that should save me some money.
     
  8. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Yep, that can be done too.