Wireless, Wireless?

Question

We have a Sony Vaio (PCG-540 running Windows SE) laptop and a desktop computer (550MHg Windows 98SE clone) and use an MSN dial-up internet connection. Please detail what we need to allow the laptop to wirelessly use the desktop's printer, internet connection, files etc. We prefer to use 802.11G format. Is the dial-up an issue in doing this wireless network setup? We are confused about wireless routers vrs. wireless access point - are they the same thing? Hardwire from the desktop to the router/access point is not an issue, either is acceptable.

Any help and guidence is most appreciated and would be timely, as we must do this very soon!

Answer

This question was answered on January 13, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

From what I gather you have dial-up internet access, one desktop , and one laptop, both need to access the internet as well as share files and printer In order for us to get all of these things going it may be best if you created a network and then have your network access the internet.

We would start by installing a network card on the desktop and making it a server (ie Windows 2k), next you wll need to purchase a wired/wireless router - I recommend Linksys, this will allow you to physically connect up to 4 wired machines to the router and any other machines wireless You will also need a wireless card for you laptop, after that is done you can share out your internet access, and create shares for harddrives and printer.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 13, 2004