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Old July 26th 04, 09:56 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Citizen Smith
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----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Goodge
Newsgroups: uk.net.providers.ntl
Sent: 21 July 2004 19:01
Subject: Wireless

On Wed, 21 Jul 2004 11:25:02 +0100, Citizen Smith put finger to
keyboard and typed:

Getting NTL BB on 03/08 and decided to do away with the ugly cabling they
fit if you want the PC in another room. Got 1 old PC and will soon have a
new flaptop.After many hours checking google and newsgroups for info I've
settled for these products from Amazon;

Linksys EtherFast Wireless Cable Router BEFW11S4 and;

Linksys EtherFast 10/100 Compact USB Network Adapter USB100M

I hope I'm right in thinking these are suitable for the job.

Any comments, suggestions, alternative or further required products before


They'll work, and the router is fine, but you don't really want to be
using USB for the PC end of the connection. For the laptop, get a
CardBus network adaptor, and a PCI card for the desktop machine.
Sticking with Amazon as the vendor and Linksys as the brand, these are
what you're after:

Linksys Wireless-G Notebook Adapter WPC54G-UK
Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter WMP54G

You should also consider getting a wireless router that does 802.11g,
instead of 802.11b (which is what the one you're looking at is, if I'm
reading the right page at Amazon). You'll notice the speed difference
when transferring any data between your two computers, particularly if
you do any network gaming or music playout. The Linksys option for
this, according to Amazon, is the Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router

To be even more futureproof, consider getting a separate broadband
router and wireless access point. It will be more expensive to start
with, and require some cabling between the router and the AP. But it
will save you money in the long run, as the router will never need
upgrading - it will last until it dies, or you leave NTL - but the AP
will go out of date as new technologies improve speed and security.
But this isn't really necessary unless you're the type of person who
linkes to have everything as up to date as possible - a 54g (802.11g)
setup now will be more than adequate for your foreseeable needs.


Could anyone comment on the best solution here please as it's making my
flaming head ache.

The 802.11g seems a sensible solution. If I just have the PC for a couple of
months can I start off with the Access Point and a PCI adapter and upgrade
to a router and Notebook Adapter when I get the flaptop? Or should I just
get the Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G-UK?

Which way is best, in particular I need a solution that will if possible
work with NTL cable initially or a land line if I move which I have a habit
of doing regularly?



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