How do I share an internet connection??

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  1. LavaLamp

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    So I currently have an internet connection through eastlink running into my desktop. I also have a laptop that has no internet connection. Can someone tell me how difficult it would be to set up my house with a wireless internet connection to the laptop. The laptop currently has no modem and my computer knowledge is not the strongest. Anything you can tell me about how to set this up would be greatly appreciated. I guess I'm looking for someone to give me a basic shopping list of the things that I would need and a ballpark price. Have any of you done this, and how do well does it work?

    thanks a bunch for your input.
     
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    you need a hub
     
  3. Foster

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    you need to buy a wireless router and 2 wireless cards, one for your laptop and one for your desktop.

    Its stupid easy, and it'll cost you anywhere between 200-300 bucks depending on what type you get...go to futureshop, and they'll tell you exactly what you need also...
     
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    What's the difference between a hub and a router? And can you buy a wireless hub so that the laptop can be moved around free of the usual network cable?
     
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    the different between a hub and router is a hub basically allows two computer to connect to the same modem but with two different ip address..which requires you to call east link and get another ip address which is another 10 bucks a month I think..

    A router takes the one ip address and splits it into two fake ip address so you can connect two computers together with the same modem.

    A router is the way to go...doesn't cost you anything extra and its just as good as a hub.
     
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    Most wireless routers have a port for 1 wired connection, so he'd really only need 1 wireless card, the desktop PC can stay plugged into the router..
     
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    this is true...
     
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    Thanks for your help...I'm on way way to Future Shop when it opens....

    One more lamer question:

    Installation - Is this stuff fairly basic? Basic for someone with limited computer experience that is. Most things have really simple wizards for installation, but playing with a IP addresses and such - How simple is it?

    thanks again....
     
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    not hard at all, and you will have a 1800 number for the router company and you can cal them for help!
     
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    its stupid easy, and if you have any problems just call east link..or the 1-800 number

    Basically you wanna release your ip address from your computer...

    if your using xp or not just go into start -> run -> command -> and when the dos window pops up type "ipconfig /release"

    Then take the cat5 cable (network cable) from your computer and plug it into the router (so the network cable is plugged into the eastlink modem to your wireless router)...if your gonna keep your desktop hooked up with a wire instead of buying another wireless card, then you'll need another network cable to plug from your desktop to the router.

    Then you want to go into dos window again like you did before but this time type "ipconfig /renew"

    *after ipconfig there is a space before /renew or /release

    then you'll get another ip address that the router created for your pc..

    for example...before you released it the first time if you type "ipconfig"

    it'll show your up something like 24.129.1.2 or something...but after you do everything else and renew it...it'll probably be like 192.172.24.1 or something like that...

    Make sure your internet works on your desktop...then for your laptop just plug in the wireless card...install the shit...and follow the steps...and make sure it works...if it doesn't ask east link or the 1-800 number or post a message...

    Good Luck
     
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    1) Cable from modem to computer goes modem to router
    2) Buy a "straight thru" cable for router to computer
    3) Buy a wireless card for your wireless router
    4) Spoof your computers MAC addy and put it into the router(no need to call eastlink then)
    5) Restart both PC and Laptop, they should auto connect to the router.
    6) Any troubles PM me and I'll come do it for $50 :lol:
     
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    I'll do it for 30 :D
     
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    But I'd do it right! :o
     
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    if he can post a message on RC, I'm sure he can hook up his wireless, lol
     
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