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Old 03-02-2005, 11:34 AM   #1
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I really need some advice, I have Earthlink DSL, and we just purchased 2 new computers, a new desktop, and a new laptop. So now we have 3. I want to network all the computers on a Wireless network, but earthlink says i've gotta sign up or something for it, and pay 10 a month extra. I dont see how they can tell i'm doing it, if i just buy a router and stuff, but maybe they could.

So my question is, Would it be possible to just put my router and wireless adapters, and network my computers without any hassle from earthlink? Or are they going to be able to tell, and charge me, or could there be a lock on it that makes it where i cant network?

Any help would be appriciated, cause i wanna get this stuff ordered if i can. I'm not exactly a "novice" when it comes to computers, so anything kinda complicated i can handle, like ways to bypass the security.

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Old 03-02-2005, 05:47 PM   #2
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noooo, you don't need to pay more money to your isp...just buy your wireless router and your wireless adapters and hook it up....they'll never know
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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r u sure?
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:22 PM   #4
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Yup, get a router and adapters. There's no way they can tell, unless they physically go over to your house and inspect your network, which they won't do.
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:24 PM   #5
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Yes, that is true. I've talked to network admins where I work about having mulitple PCs networked to use the internet. Very easily done without telling the ISP. However, they can monitor the bandwidth.
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:26 PM   #6
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well thats reassuring. I have another question, Is a router a router? I'm getting 802.11g router, and theres some cheap ones on newegg, and some more expesive ones, whats the difference? Or does it matter, also, is there any difference in wireless adaprters? My room is going to be around 25-30 ft. from the router, with maybe a wall or 2 between, is my signal still going to be good?

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Old 03-02-2005, 11:30 PM   #7
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i've heard that to hook up a wireless network, theres settings you have to change for it to work...is this true? I figured it was plug and play?
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802.11g uses 54Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, etc. but since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also interoperate with existing 11Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Since both standards are built in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b equipments, and migrate to the new screaming fast Wireless-G standard as you wish. Getting something new is always the way to go so get the 802.11g.

They make matching wireless adapters using the same 802.11g standards too. I personally like Linksys. www.newegg.com carries a buch of these wireless routers and wireless adapters for desktop and laptop PCs.
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If you are planning on having a home network that includes printers, scanners, etc., it may take a while to set-up.
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It comes with excellent directions for easy setup. It has a quick install manual and a user's guide to get you through installation process including software configuration. Wonderfully layed out.
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thanks for the info, I dont have any existing wireless, and our Laptop has a G wireless card in it, so we're getting G everything. Is it going to hurt going with a cheaper router, or should i make sur ei get "top of the line" stuff.
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i'll be sharing a printer, and i know how to set everything up...
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Some have a wider range, i heard some Belkin products go really far
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:34 AM   #14
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thanks for the replys, i'll be ordering my wireless stuff tonight. I found a really cheap router on newegg and a cheap wireless adapter, i'm going to check ebay for any deals, but i'm for sure getting 802.11g hardware.
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I'd go with something like linksys or d-link or even belkin, those are the big 3 I think. anyways, none of them are really that expensive. I also have an 802.11G wireless network in my house with all Linksys components and I would recommend that.
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I have a Linksys router and evreone says they wish they had one but each time I tried to network it the internet wont work, I think I nead to restart the computer after setting up the router.
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earthlink lol... they are only saying that, so that u can pay them more money, heck why not make your house a WiFi cafe, jst kidding. (dont unless you have t1). go wiht a nice linksys dont pay extra money for motorolla (way overpriced) Linksys has the wireless G with speedboost thing, and id imagine that pretty fast, but if your gonna be transfering files through computers definatley go with G because B is just horrible on transfer times.
BTW xp beast's router wont work because he's to lazy to go to his isp to get the required info needed to put into the router, he just thinks he can plug everyhting and it will work, but he's to afraid to call verison and get his DNS and gateway and other things to enter into his router....
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my linksys router and the cd that came with it auto-detected all that stuff....I just connected the router first by ethernet cable behind my dsl modem and inserted the cd and it set everything up automatically.
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well the only thing i worry about is reception...
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well the only thing i worry about is reception...
just make sure that you mount the router high, and on the second floor of the house (if applicable) so the signal spreads throughout the house more completely. if you do that, you shouldn't have any problems
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