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Old January 8th 05, 10:07 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
steve church
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I've been on Wanadoo broadband for a month now and want to have internet
access on a second PC.I've considered internet sharing through a local
network but my free version of Zone Alarm does not support ICS so I'm
looking to go with a router modem. What are the groups recommendations on
wired and wi-fi routers. I have a couple of 802.11b wireless cards already,
but realise the added security of a fully wired system.

Steve


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Old January 8th 05, 11:58 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Peter M
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On 8 Jan 2005, in uk.telecom.broadband, "steve church" wrote:

I've been on Wanadoo broadband for a month now and want to have internet
access on a second PC.I've considered internet sharing through a local
network but my free version of Zone Alarm does not support ICS so I'm
looking to go with a router modem. What are the groups recommendations on
wired and wi-fi routers. I have a couple of 802.11b wireless cards already,
but realise the added security of a fully wired system.


I've set up a Belkin unit for a friend and it works well. Others will
give you recommendations for other kit. I'd suggest using DejaNews/Google
http://groups.google.com/ with this newsgroup and search for wireless or
802.11b or wifi and see how many (dozens/hundreds?) of posts you get. PGM



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Old January 8th 05, 12:01 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Peter M
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On 8 Jan 2005, in uk.telecom.broadband, "steve church" wrote:

on wired and wi-fi routers.


I forgot to add - so long as you have firewall s/w on each PC, then even
the cheapest wired router (such as one from Ebuyer or Dabs) should be OK,
and if you do go wireless, remember to at least have a cable in case your
wireless connection gets locked out by a config error :-) Peter M.



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Old January 8th 05, 12:30 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Dave Stanton
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On Sat, 08 Jan 2005 10:07:20 +0000, steve church wrote:

I've been on Wanadoo broadband for a month now and want to have internet
access on a second PC.I've considered internet sharing through a local
network but my free version of Zone Alarm does not support ICS so I'm
looking to go with a router modem. What are the groups recommendations on
wired and wi-fi routers. I have a couple of 802.11b wireless cards
already, but realise the added security of a fully wired system.

Steve


If you decide wireless is your choice, then google on this group for
previous posts and avoid the pitfalls, learn from other peoples mistakes.

Dave

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Old January 8th 05, 01:44 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Conor
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In article , steve church says...
I've been on Wanadoo broadband for a month now and want to have internet
access on a second PC.I've considered internet sharing through a local
network but my free version of Zone Alarm does not support ICS so I'm
looking to go with a router modem. What are the groups recommendations on
wired and wi-fi routers. I have a couple of 802.11b wireless cards already,
but realise the added security of a fully wired system.

I've used Belkin and D-Link. D-Link was the easiest to set up for WiFi
security. Belkin DID allow me to control access via MAC filtering but
it meant I had to enable the built in firewall which then seriously
****ed stuff up until I'd spent ages configuring port permissions. With
the D-Link, the MAC filtering is in the WiFi settings section and not
the firewall.



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Old January 8th 05, 03:20 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Phil Thompson
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On Sat, 08 Jan 2005 14:50:29 GMT, Nigel M wrote:

Is my prejudice justified?


not really, most things other than Cisco are aimed at PC users that
don't know any better. Its a market of end users with no training and
limited skills, after all.

The sales outlets you list offer the most competitive products 'casue
their custoemrs want to buy them.

Phil
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Old January 8th 05, 03:48 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Peter M
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On 08 Jan 2005 in uk.telecom.broadband, Nigel M wrote:

I'm not intending to be insulting, ... This is mostly because
of the places that stock Belkin: Misco, PC World, Viking Direct etc.


Is my prejudice justified?


I doubt it. Who do you buy from, and what 'range' of kit do they supply?
If you go to a specialist that sells HP, Cisco, and a few others, then it
is because your needs or wallet allow it, and you perceive "quality" from
the additional cost, or some benefit based on the sales outlets that are
allowed to sell the products (*), which may be unfounded. Do you go for
a specialist supplier when buying a TV, audio gear, or 'white goods' or
would you never consider Currys, Comet and similar ? The kit works OK
and for the money, represents good value, IMO, so why pay more ?

(*) The way you won't find Bose gear in your local cut price superstore
but need to visit a hi-fi dealer for most units... Or perfumes, or the
designer label jeans/clothes... better for costing so much more ? Bose
perhaps, but to me, jeans are jeans and I won't pay inflated prices for
them if I can help it!



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Old January 8th 05, 04:19 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Conor
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In article , Nigel M
says...
In uk.telecom.broadband, Conor wrote:

I've used Belkin


I'm not intending to be insulting, but I've always considered Belkin to
be aimed at PC users who don't know any better. This is mostly because
of the places that stock Belkin: Misco, PC World, Viking Direct etc.

Is my prejudice justified?

Nope. A NIC is a NIC, a router is a router. Belkin is actually rebadged
Broadcom from what I recall.


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Old January 8th 05, 05:01 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Phil Thompson
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On Sat, 8 Jan 2005 16:19:57 -0000, Conor
wrote:

Belkin is actually rebadged
Broadcom from what I recall.


"uses a Broadcom chipset" might be the most accurate description. All
kit uses chips from a few vendors, some just reproduce the "reference
design" and others try to get fancy.

Phil
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Old January 8th 05, 06:47 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Tony
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"Nigel M" wrote in message
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In uk.telecom.broadband, Conor wrote:

I've used Belkin


I'm not intending to be insulting, but I've always considered Belkin to
be aimed at PC users who don't know any better. This is mostly because
of the places that stock Belkin: Misco, PC World, Viking Direct etc.

Is my prejudice justified?

I seem to come across more problems with Belkin routers and wi-fi hardware
than other makes. I think it is more to do with their firmware rather than
the hardware. It is a make I avoid.


 




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