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Networking Questions and Answers - Connecting Desktop Computer to Wireless Internet

Thomas writes in with a networking question

Question:
I recently purchased a laptop computer with built in wireless for my son, we presently have a large desktop computer in our basement with high speed internet through our cable company. The cable is hooked to a (Motorola) modem and directly to our computer. My question is in order for him to use his laptop in his bedroom wireless do I need to purchase a wireless router and a wireless USB adapter card for his computer? And since our desktop is not wireless will I be able to hook up my desktop to this wireless router and to my computer so I can run my desktop like I do now? Thanks for your help, Tom

Answer: If the laptop is new then it should have wireless built in. I would check before buying a wireless card for it. If you get a wireless router it most likely will have ports in the back where you can plug your desktop computer into it so it can still use the internet connection. Keep in mind that the router will have to be near the modem and desktop to do this so make sure the distance from the router to your sons bedroom is not too far. Some routers have with better coverage\distance specifications than others. Also make sure you get a matching type. For example if the laptop has a wireless G adapter then get a wireless G router to avoid any conflicts.

 



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