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Old 02-09-2009, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I've only been off dialup for a year, so I'm still learning the more "contemporary" stuff about DSL, broadband, modems, routers, etc.

chispirit -- I'm surprised if your old Dell doesn't have a port for an ethernet wire (looks like a phone jack thing only slightly bigger). If your desktop can connect to the Verizon modem, then it should be able to connect to a router. My daughter's older desktop is hardwired to the router with that sort of ethernet wire thing. Her 'dinosaur' didn't know the difference between being plugged into the router instead of the ATT modem (we now have Comcast cable and internet, but it's more or less the same set up).

She now has cable/internet in her new apt. The cable comes in and splits - one cable goes to her cable box for TV and the other goes to a router. No computer is hardwired to the router - she has a laptop that picks up the wireless signal wherever she might be in her apt.

During the install, the cable guy let her configure the wireless thing herself. It was really easy. She could have gone with WPA encryption, but she went with WEP (and I will tell you that neither she nor I have a clue about that 'alphabet soup' (I guess WPA is purportedly better than WEP), but that didn't really matter - setting up and securing her wireless signal was simple - she just followed some on-screen instructions.

So chispirit, don't give up on roaming your home with your laptop!
Thank you for your support.
A freind of mine called me and told me that there would be no problem setting up a router in my home with my old computer.
I guess that guy at the best buy store tried to scare me in making it sound so very complicated.
I will try it and see if I can't get it hooked up.

I would like to know though what the difference is between WPA and WEP?

If anybody would be so nice in explaining this.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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... that guy at the best buy store tried to scare me in making it sound so very complicated. ...
Not to offend Best Buy nor salespeople there nor Geek Squad members, but not one time were any of them helpful to me, and in fact made my computering more scary-sounding and complicated.

Do listen to your friend and to the incredibly knowledgeable folks here on the computer forum (myself not one of them :-)

As for WEP and WPA, I found this link informative about the differences between the two.
The Differences Between WEP and WPA

I will say that our installer said WEP encryption would be fine for my daughter's use and location, that it would secure her wireless from occasional nearby 'net users trying to hop onto the internet with her signal or trying to hack into her computer.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:23 AM
 
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As for WEP and WPA, I found this link informative about the differences between the two.
The Differences Between WEP and WPA
I do recommend that encryption be used. Go for the best your systems will support. The pecking order is;

Good = WEP
Better = WPA
Best = WPA2
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:17 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Wondering Why you want your desktop to be wireless?? For that all you need is a wireless card like is in laptops. But to me thats a waiste of money.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Humboldt, Tennessee
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I do recommend that encryption be used. Go for the best your systems will support. The pecking order is;

Good = WEP
Better = WPA
Best = WPA2
Wired Equivalent Privacy used to be ok, but it is pretty darn easy to crack if you know how to do a Google search and find good tools. But the good thing is it is highly unlikely anyone will have the willpower to crack a WEP network not to mention the knowledge. I always recommend WPA or WPA2, as you've laid out.
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