Connect a wireless notebook to a wired router *UPDATED* w/?

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Connect a wireless notebook to a wired router *UPDATED* w/?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:45 pm

I received a new notebook for xmas. :-|

Toshiba: Satellite L305-S5915
Intel Celeron Processor 575
2GB SDRAM 160 GB HDD
15.4" Diagonal Widescreen TruBrite Display
802.11 B/G wireless
DVD SuperMulti
Windows Vista Home Basic


I would like to connect it to my current wired setup.

Cable Internet (RR) to Linksys Router (BEFSX41) to Windows XP Desktop

Is there a affordable way to connect the notebook using my current setup?
What do I need to make the notebook connect wireless to my wired router?

Here is what I would like to accomplish.

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Postby Mr T » Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:49 am

Absolutely easiest way is to purchase a wireless router....

Other ways are to get a wireless USB dongle for the PC and set up an 'AD-HOC' wireless network between the PC and the laptop... Then use the PC as a gateway using Internet Connection Sharing... This means the PC will have to be on and connected to the internet for the laptop to have internet access....

Also you could get a wireless access point and plug that into the router and connect wirelessly that way...

Or if there is a wired port free on the router, get a long LAN cable and connect that way...
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:13 pm

Mr T wrote:Absolutely easiest way is to purchase a wireless router....


:? I don't want to use a wireless router at this time.


Mr T wrote:Other ways are to get a wireless USB dongle for the PC and set up an 'AD-HOC' wireless network between the PC and the laptop... Then use the PC as a gateway using Internet Connection Sharing... This means the PC will have to be on and connected to the internet for the laptop to have internet access....


How does this USB dongle work? Where does it connect to PC, cable modem, or router? My cable modem does offer USB connection.


Mr T wrote:Also you could get a wireless access point and plug that into the router and connect wirelessly that way...


How different is this from the USB dongle?


Mr T wrote:Or if there is a wired port free on the router, get a long LAN cable and connect that way...


I've done that before. I just don't want to trip over the cable.



Which method would work best for me. I just want to be able to use my current internet connection setup with my notebook.

I don't plan on file sharing between my PC & Notebook.
I don't want to use a wireless router.
I don't want to have to add anything to my PC.
I have a ports available on my router to use.
I have USB connection available on my cable modem.



:? Sorry for all the questions, I'm trying to learn more about this as I go.
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Postby evasive » Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:11 pm

USB-dongle: connects to the PC, is a wireless network card just as you would do with two normal network cards make a PC-to-PC connection.

Access point: in this case acts like a wireless HUB.

With the restrictions you give us the only option left is a long cable.
I've done that before. I just don't want to trip over the cable.


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Postby fussnfeathers » Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:50 pm

Why would you not want to use a wireless router? I'm a little confused at that. I agree with Evasive, given your restrictions, you can't (or won't) run wireless. A long CAT5 cable is your only option.
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:06 pm

Mr T wrote:Also you could get a wireless access point and plug that into the router and connect wirelessly that way...


:? So how does this wireless access point work exactly? Something like this: Image

If so, what brand / model wireless access point should I get?





fussnfeathers wrote:Why would you not want to use a wireless router? I'm a little confused at that.


Security reasons, I don't feel comfortable using them yet.
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Postby Mr T » Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:25 am

USB connections on routers or modems are to connect the router or modem to PCs directly instead of using a network cable or wireless connection... Cannot plug anything else in there.... (the only other routers I have seen with USB connections not for connecting to a PC are for running printers only ie print server)....

A wireless access point will give you exactly the same security issues as a wireless router UNLESS it is set up correctly with WEP or WPA-PSK encryption... (plus you would have the added benefit of more wires and another power pack)....
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Postby fussnfeathers » Sun Dec 28, 2008 4:16 am

Anything wireless is going to have possible security risks, you just need to set them up properly, and requrie a password to access. Go with a reputable router brand, set your access restrictions correctly, and they're no less secure than a wired connection.

Wireless routers are basically a four port switch with a wireless access point embedded, so using a seperate wireless access point isn't solving your security fears. In all honesty, the only risks you might be running is somebody doing a drive-by access for free 'net usage, and even that's relatively rare. Set your security levels, require a password to connect, and make sure that you're not sharing any sensistive info, and you'll be fine.
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Postby BIGMAN131307 » Sun Dec 28, 2008 5:29 pm

I just prefer keeping my PC safer at this time. That's why I want to stick with
the wired router. Because the laptop is new, and will only be used for surfing the net, wireless would be fine. So I think adding the WAP to my current setup would be best for me.

This would keep my PC wired, while the WAP offers the wireless for my laptop.

Is there any particular WAP that's used most? Or prehaps a wired router that also offers a WAP?
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Postby fussnfeathers » Sun Dec 28, 2008 6:35 pm

Wireless routers also offer a four port switch for wired networking. Any wireless capable router will be fine for you. Stick with a name brand, like Linksys ir D-Link, though, don't go cheap. The only difference between a wireless CAPABLE router and a WAP is another box and power brick.

I'm doing exactly what you want to do. My two desktops rigs are wired to the router, my laptop is wireless.
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