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Old 10-01-2006, 03:17 PM   #1
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Question Home Networking

I want to connect my Dell 2002 laptop with windows XP to our home internet connection which is tiscali broadband in the UK (in London).

I am aware that a router is needed to achieve this. I already have an old router, but it has no documentation or disks or anything with it and I don't know whether or not it should.

I also don't know whether or my laptop has an inbuilt wireless capability or whether I will have to buy one of those wireless connection cards to install.

Do I need to buy a new router and a laptop wireless card? Are there any particularly good makes routers and laptop cards for my purposes.

Thank you very much.
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Old 10-01-2006, 08:37 PM   #2
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What kind of Dell is it? What kind of router do you own?
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go to support.dell.com and enter your service tag that you will find on the bottom of the laptop on a sticker with a barcode on it. The code is alphanumeric and should be 5 or 7 characters: example 1234GW7

There you can find out what was purchased with the laptop including the wireless card, or lack thereof. also, you can find warranty information and service history.
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Just go into your devise manager and it should tell you weather or not you have a card or not. If not obvisly yes you will have to buy a card if you want wireless (which I rahter have wired, but thats what a laptop is for no wires ) Anyways if you do have a network card I reccomend you go with Linksys. I have never had a problem with them EVER. I have owned a router for 8 years now (ever since I was 8) and I love that thing. Even know I modded it over the years with uncaping and unregistrated (to clean tracks (you dont need to know about what this dose or even need it)). Anyways taht is all my suggestions, I hope these help.
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Thankyou everyone...

I checked the service tag and in a long list of parts it said "NO NETWORK CARD." Does that mean that it has no inbuilt wireless capacity?
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Thankyou everyone...

I checked the service tag and in a long list of parts it said "NO NETWORK CARD." Does that mean that it has no inbuilt wireless capacity?
It probley dose you should probley tell us the make of the laptop It would help us a great deal to help you
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The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 2650.
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The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 2650.
I belive so, but I have no idea really. If someone from the forum can help you out with this I pulled up specs that are located http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/...0001414,00.htm there and if they want to look and see. Thats as far as I go with laptops, cause I have personaly owned one, sorry

My guess is yes though. I think you should go try and get one, and if it dosen't work just return it.
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Posted in error, Noxious I didn't intend this for you, apologies.
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You really need to calm down, it's just forums and its for helping people. Oh and by the way bigger text dose not help your cause I can read size 12pt the same as I can read 72pt...So try to "lower" your tone please
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You really need to calm down, it's just forums and its for helping people. Oh and by the way bigger text dose not help your cause I can read size 12pt the same as I can read 72pt...So try to "lower" your tone please

forget the text resizing, im really hating:

www.imagevenue.com right now...stupid free pix hosting
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Alright the two things most annoying to most posters on forums:
1) All caps
2) Text other than 12pt, or what ever the defualt is.

If your going to type the smallest word in bigger font no one will help you. I might, but seriosly just try please to just keep it defult. Also make a new thread if you need help with the image hosting becase that can be considered hijacking a thread and that is very rude. It also dosen't serve the purpose to the origianl poster
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Alright the two things most annoying to most posters on forums:
1) All caps
2) Text other than 12pt, or what ever the defualt is.

If your going to type the smallest word in bigger font no one will help you. I might, but seriosly just try please to just keep it defult. Also make a new thread if you need help with the image hosting becase that can be considered hijacking a thread and that is very rude. It also dosen't serve the purpose to the origianl poster
1)your a pansy
2)tell a mod to get rid of sizing, if size matters to you

extra comments: i tried posting pix in the gallery, and that stupid pix hosting site keeps red x'ing them...so i think it is worth everyone knowing to stay away from it...if you think im in league with that hosting site, you got p00 in your I
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forget the text resizing*, im really hating:

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Reported post, keep calm, this is flaming, cut it out

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1)your a pansy
2)tell a mod to get rid of sizing, if size matters to you

extra comments: i tried posting pix in the gallery, and that stupid pix hosting site keeps red x'ing them...so i think it is worth everyone knowing to stay away from it...if you think im in league with that hosting site, you got p00 in your I
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Last chance. One more and PBed.

one more what??? ya'll are way too uptight. ya got to let it loose a little or else your health will suffer....
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one more chance to not insessantly take the piss out of people, thre is very little need for it,

typing in caps is really annoying, and it does make people not want to help...

Anyway...
I read a couple of reviews, and of course the information that you got from the service tag, and no, your laptop doesn't have wireless capabilities...

IMO, brands are much the sameas each other... so you should probably hunt for a good deal...

if you get a wireless router, these will often come with a free card... also some companies are now advertising wireless broadband in the UK these wireless broadband deals are basicaly an internet connection and a wireless router, these oten have a free card as well. (so you should see what your ISP might do in the way of deals).

other than that, a lot of times when you buy a router you will get a free wireless adapter, this could either be a PCMIA type card, (that's what I'm using now - came freee with a friends BT wireless internet), or a router might come with a little USB adapter -as mine did.

the wireless router should come with good instructions for setting it up...

be warned, you can get cable wireless routers (usually network only connections with no ADSL modem) - this is what i have as I use Telewest.
or you can get ADSL wireless routers these are the kind that work with phonelines and have ADSL modems built in
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one more what??? ya'll are way too uptight. ya got to let it loose a little or else your health will suffer....
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