Wireless Laptop

Category: Laptops , Networking , Wireless

Currently in my home I have a desktop computer that is for family use, and I have a laptop for work. When I bring my laptop home, I have to unhook my DSL line and hook it to my laptop. My laptop has a wireless card built in -- can I get a router that can go wireless, and have a line to go to my desktop, that is not wireless?

Yes, a router with wireless capability will solve your problem. You can connect both the desktop and the laptop to the router with a network cable, or use a wireless connection for the laptop. Since you have a wireless card in your laptop, that's what I would recommend.

For more help setting up a home network, see my Home Networking article. But don't expose the computers on your wireless network to the entire world. See Wireless Security for help securing your wireless network.

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30 Dec 2008

i have a laptop and a desktop computer and a wireless printer can I hook both computers to this printer without internet service.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sure, you don't need internet service to have a home network. But you DO need a network router with wireless capability.

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31 Mar 2014

I have a desktop and am considering getting a laptop or tablet. How do I connect(via wifi) to just the computer in order to share files/videos? I have no wifi card in the desktop?

EDITOR'S NOTE: You'll need a wifi-enabled router. If you have high-speed internet, your ISP probably supplied one. Once your desktop and laptop are both connected to the router (wired or wifi) you can share files or folders via the SharedDocs folder.

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