Just bought an HP Pavilion zd8000 and I am expecting it early next week.
I also have ordered with it a 54g(TM) Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth.
Now I currently have a Dell desktop with an additional external HD. I have also DSL connected to my Desktop. Both computers have Win XP Pro
I would like to be able to connect to the Internet wirelessly at the same time share my files. That way I can see the same files whether I am on my desktop or laptop. I can use my desktop or the external HD as a central point for all my files.
What do I need to get to get this setup correctly. Is a wireless router all I need? What do you guys recommend?
Not an answer but I would think this would make your computers very unsecure. Also it may not good for health.
yes, you only need the wireless router.
the DSL modem would connect to the router, then your desktop could be hard wired to the router. the laptop would connect to the router wirelessly.
I use the linksys WRT54g router.... its preforms well. the only prob i have found is much older 802.11b adaptor dont perform great, but that wouldnt be an issue with your equipment anyway.
lol, for the serurity question....
you can enable WEP or WPA security along with MAC filtering... and that should solve any security issue.
you might not know what those mean yet, but youll catch on. :)
I haven't bought a router yet but how is my desktop going to connect to the router? Does the router usually have extra ports to use to connect my desktop?
I am looking at this router:
It seems to have good reviews. Any thoughts
"Internet-sharing Router, 4-port Switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) Access Point "
the 4 port switch means there are 4 regular ethernet ports on it.
i have a linksys router (the one at the link below) and my 2 PC's and Printer are hooked up to it directly using 3 of the ethernet ports. Then my laptop, and 2 tivos connect to it wirelessly.
check out the router http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...onics&n=507846
its the same as your link, except without the "speedboost" feature and it costs less, and that you can only utilize if you are using a linksys speedboost wireless adaptor on your laptop...
the speedboost feature (other companies has similar things with different names) only works when you are using the matching wireless adaptor.... so most of the time its not really worth paying extra for. Plus, if you really just need web access and some basic file sharing, you wouldnt notice the speed difference anyway.
JRMillion. Thank you so much for the help.
a tip for XP and wireless connections.
if you dont have SP2 already, you should install it.
(but if you just bought the laptop its probably pre-installed)
It makes the wireless networking utility much easier to use.
feel free to post or PM me if you have questions, i am very experienced with wired/wireless networking.
Also, if you are big on file storage and backing up etc, you could get a network attached storage drive. Meaning it plugs into a port on your router and is accessible to the computers on the network.... this is nice because it does not rely on any of the other computers being turned on.
a number of companies make these, such as buffalo, linksys, Mira (product called personal server). the Mira product has its downsides (mainly price), but the big plus is that you can easily log into your server from any computer connected to the web and retreive files.
SP2 is already installed :)
I do have an external HD which might not work the same way the network attached drive but that is my current backup storage. My desktop is alway on (even have a UPS :) ) so that shouldn't be a problem.
yeah you can just share the drive on the network, and map it as a drive on your laptop.
linksys actually makes an device that allows you to use a USB 2.0 drive as a NAT drive, but it formats it in a special file system.... meaning you cant then take the drive and plug it back into your PC directly... so its kinda dumb.
I just ordered it from Amazon. Looking forward to setting it up and start using it. Again thanks for your help