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2008/05/16 20:26:35 (permalink)
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Wireless router help

My gf has broadband one end of the modem goes into her phone line and the othe ris a usb connection, it works fine with her old desktop but her new laptop with vista on, does not seem to like it.

She spoke to the 'helpline' and they said vista does not like usb connections so she needs to get a router, ideally netgar.

Any one got any links to cheap routers that are compatible with a usb connection?

(I have virgin so i have a cable connection, so this wireless business confuses me!)

Thanks in advance!
post edited by James21 - 2008/05/16 22:08:39
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    Veins
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    RE: Wireless route help 2008/05/16 21:14:34 (permalink)
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    cant the laptop just pick up the wireless signal...? you dont need to connect anything to it

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    RE: Wireless route help 2008/05/16 22:08:16 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Veins

    cant the laptop just pick up the wireless signal...? you dont need to connect anything to it



    How can it pick up a signal that does not exist thats why i need to get a router....
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    RE: Wireless route help 2008/05/16 22:08:40 (permalink)
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    Because virgin is cable you can't just get a normal router for it. You need a cable router, this is a very good one - http://www.lhdigital.co.uk/product_info.php?language=en¤cy=GBP&products_id=102825.
    Then you connect the router to your modem via the ports at the back and your computer will then connect wirelessly. USB connections are very rare these days.

    Hope this helps
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    RE: Wireless router help 2008/05/16 22:19:21 (permalink)
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    Your best bet is to do one of 2 things, either find Vista drivers for the modem or I would buy a wireless modem-router. The Netgear DG834G is a good bet or the Belkin (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=187337) one is what I have at home. The modem-router means the modem that connects to your USB is no longer needed as it connects direct to your phone line and broadcasts the wireless signal.

    Whatever route you choose, make sure you get a router that supports WPA security as WEP is total ****e.


    ORIGINAL: johno123

    Because virgin is cable you can't just get a normal router for it. You need a cable router, this is a very good one - http://www.lhdigital.co.uk/product_info.php?language=en¤cy=GBP&products_id=102825.
    Then you connect the router to your modem via the ports at the back and your computer will then connect wirelessly. USB connections are very rare these days.

    Hope this helps

    His girlfriend is the one with the problem, the OP is the one with virgin mate
    post edited by Irie - 2008/05/16 22:20:19
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    RE: Wireless route help 2008/05/17 09:11:34 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: johno123

    Because virgin is cable you can't just get a normal router for it. You need a cable router, this is a very good one - http://www.lhdigital.co.uk/product_info.php?language=en¤cy=GBP&products_id=102825.
    Then you connect the router to your modem via the ports at the back and your computer will then connect wirelessly. USB connections are very rare these days.

    Hope this helps


    Yes i know virgin is cable, my gf does not have virgin!
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    RE: Wireless router help 2008/05/17 09:12:12 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Irie

    Your best bet is to do one of 2 things, either find Vista drivers for the modem or I would buy a wireless modem-router. The Netgear DG834G is a good bet or the Belkin (http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=187337) one is what I have at home. The modem-router means the modem that connects to your USB is no longer needed as it connects direct to your phone line and broadcasts the wireless signal.

    Whatever route you choose, make sure you get a router that supports WPA security as WEP is total ****e.


    ORIGINAL: johno123

    Because virgin is cable you can't just get a normal router for it. You need a cable router, this is a very good one - http://www.lhdigital.co.uk/product_info.php?language=en¤cy=GBP&products_id=102825.
    Then you connect the router to your modem via the ports at the back and your computer will then connect wirelessly. USB connections are very rare these days.

    Hope this helps

    His girlfriend is the one with the problem, the OP is the one with virgin mate



    Thank you..good post!
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    RE: Wireless router help 2008/05/17 09:41:27 (permalink)
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    whats the make/model of her current modem?


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    RE: Wireless router help 2008/05/17 11:21:38 (permalink)
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    You don't need a wireless router at all mate. Although it would be nice to use the laptop for internet anywhere in house without needing to wire it to a modem.

    However, if that's not an issue all you need is:

    1) Your modem provided by virgin - connects to the wall socket as you've already described
    2) An RJ45 (Ethernet Cross-Over) Cable - This will go from the modem to the laptop (Vista won't give you any problems).

    It is actually recommended to use the Ethernet rather than the USB as it reduces unneccesary CPU strain.

    Turn the modem off before initially connecting it to the laptop.
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    RE: Wireless router help 2008/05/17 16:43:09 (permalink)
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    I really should start reading posts properly! sorry james mate
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