question about wireless routers

vaporize

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i have 2 computers at home, a desktop and a laptop. if i buy a wireless router-b can i hardwire the 2 computers to the router or will i have to buy seperate wireless cards for each computer? will i be able to share files without any extra programs?
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JackMDS

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Wireless Cable/DSL Routers usually have 4 ports for Wired Computers, and an Antenna to connect to Wireless capable computers.

Wireless Capable Computer is a Computer with a Wireless Lient Card. Wirless Cleint Card is an Item that is sold by itself it is not part of the Router.

Link to: AnandTech - FAQ. Basic Options for Internet Connection Sharing

Link to: AnandTech - FAQ. Hubs, routers, switches, DSL, LANs, WANs...?

Link to: AnandTech - FAQ. What do I need for wireless Networking?

Ignore the prices in the links above. The same or similar hardware can be found for 60%-90% less.


 

tooltime

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should be able to use the 10/100 lan ports just as on any hub/switch and have a network connection setup for it. you can plug a wifi card (compatable with the router) and have another network connection setup for it.
 

vaporize

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thanks for the info. you seem to know a lot about networking. i am thinking about buying a cheap router maybe this one. but i am not sure what pc card to get for my laptop. i dont want one that sticks out of the laptop and has an antenna on it.
 

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If you get the D-Link you should get the D-Link matching cardbus.

This D-Link is a 802.11b+, so with the matching card you would get much better signal.

Do not worry about the antenna it is an integrated part of the card.