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Old 05-17-2008, 05:44 AM
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I have a Linksys router hooked up to my pc so my wife can use her lap top and leave me alone.
It works fine but I'm hearing that they make routers that need no attachments to your main computer. (wires,cable)

Does anyone here own one of these routers?
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Old 05-17-2008, 06:41 AM
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Yes, I have a Linksys wireless router which my desktop and my bride's laptop use to access the internet. No complaints.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:27 AM
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I didn't know anybody hard wired a laptop to a router anymore
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Old 05-17-2008, 03:49 PM
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I use an Apple Airport Extreme-useable with Mac or Windows/PC. It is awesome.
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:09 PM
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I didn't know anybody hard wired a laptop to a router anymore

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I have the Linksys that is both hardwired and wireless.
Wireless is a lot slower then hardwired.
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:16 PM
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I have the Linksys that is both hardwired and wireless.
Wireless is a lot slower then hardwired.
yeah, but it's only noticeable when trying to download music, videos or
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Old 05-18-2008, 12:42 AM
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yeah, but it's only noticeable when trying to download music, videos or
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Jess downloads a lot of pics. For which fans of "In The Wash" are truly grateful.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:35 PM
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Linksys wireless routers are the stuff !
You can actually go in and set the download speeds from a wireless connection to it to be unlimited But its all in your preferrence .
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:18 PM
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Been doing this application for years. Can run devices and other stuff...really a nice option. BUT make sure you enable the security WEP is basic and WPA is advanced and required. MAC filtering is essential. Find out about this, spend the time, otherwise it's only a matter of time until you have a labor intensive problem to fix.
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It amases me how many wireless routers have zero security.

Wireless has it's place, but nothing beats a hard wired gigabit ethernet connection for network speed and security. Nothing beats a wireless connection for installation speed and convienience.
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:09 PM
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All depends on the application. Take mine for instance. Wireless with the security is fine. Reason is it's impossible to get inside the transmission zone without being seen, warned and possibly shot.
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:00 PM
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Don't use WEP security at all. It's way too easily cracked. WPA is safe.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:54 PM
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Who takes the time to crack WEP security? Are there hackers really looking to steal extra bandwidth in appt buildings or is there a more serious security risk?

Just curious... hadn't looked at wireless security and am hopelessly falling behind in my tech knowledge (not that gigabit speeds aren't nice, but for most of us single laptop or pc users...totally unnecessary...unless your subscribing to streaming video and even then...)
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Old 05-25-2008, 08:17 PM
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It amases me how many wireless routers have zero security.
My wife was pirating other peoples signals till I could finally get ours up and running.
Some of the router owners caught on and were locked down after a while.
She wasn't up to no good, she just needed a connection.

Now that I have her hooked up correctly to our OWN wireless router I can't figure out how to secure it so no one can do what WE have been doing to everyone else.
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:58 PM
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Who takes the time to crack WEP security? Are there hackers really looking to steal extra bandwidth in appt buildings or is there a more serious security risk?
Timewise, it's hours IIRC, so it's pretty insecure.
If you haven't locked down the computers on your network, it's a bad security risk. E.g., Windows defaults to leaving everything open. I had a coworker who got cable Internet which is a shared network with everyone in your neighborhood. He also didn't lock Windows down with a firewall, so the admin shares were all wide open. Came back from a business trip and all the files magically disappeared by a malicious hacker; he blamed his wife for screwing up his machine. Reformatted system and reinstalled...next weekend a hacker put a text file on his desktop that said "please secure your Windows machine so hackers can't take it over". If you have a Windows firewall installed, it's better now, but Windows has lots of holes unless you stay on top of patches...
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