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1d, 5m agoPosted 1 decade, 5 months ago
I am looking for a laptop for no more than £500. Also I think I will require a router, price unsure !

I have a desktop just now which runs with AVG antivirus and Zonealarm firewall, how hard is it to setup a wireless connection to a laptop from this ?

Any help appreciated :)
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1d, 5m agoPosted 1 decade, 5 months ago
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#1
What are you wanting to do with the laptop? Just a rough idea to get a better view of what would be a suitable laptop for you. Also, what sort of broadband connection do you have? You could share it through the PC but the easiest way to do it would be to get a wireless router and let it do the network part for you so you can connect wirelessly with the laptop.

John
#2
Just want the laptop for general surfing in and around the house. Also to connect to my lcd telly to watch films etc.... No gaming or anything like that !

i have 1mb broadband
#3
How about the following, a nice little Toshiba Laptop, together with a USB Freeview adaptor then link your Desktop with the laptop with a Safecom Wireless Modem/Router, everything you need and get change out of £500!

Laptop
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/105854
Wireless Router
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/102943
USB TV Adapter
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/111772

Setting up is a doddle, Plug everything in and Win XP does it all for you, all you need to do is program the Router with your ISP logon details. And if you want to be extra safe setup the firewall properly.
The only other thing you may need is a wireless lan card for the desktop, or if the modem is near to it just use a short cat 5e cable.
#4
I would go for a bit different setup provided everything should cost no more than 500 quid.

Laptop - NEC i-Select M5410. Note I do not recomment this particular model - but its spec is rather good as long as you can live without DVD-writer.
Router - if you need it to also act as ADSL modem then Zoom x6 or Netgear DG834G. If no ADSL modem is needed then Linksys WRT54GS (but not v5) or DLink DVG-G1402S.

As for watching movies on telly - I take it you want to connect your laptop to telly is that right? If so, check that your laptop got video output in some form. Normally there is VGA or DVI connector on the back. Or S-Video jack.
#5
Kommunist
I would go for a bit different setup provided everything should cost no more than 500 quid.

Laptop - NEC i-Select M5410. Note I do not recomment this particular model - but its spec is rather good as long as you can live without DVD-writer.
Router - if you need it to also act as ADSL modem then Zoom x6 or Netgear DG834G. If no ADSL modem is needed then Linksys WRT54GS (but not v5) or DLink DVG-G1402S.

As for watching movies on telly - I take it you want to connect your laptop to telly is that right? If so, check that your laptop got video output in some form. Normally there is VGA or DVI connector on the back. Or S-Video jack.

I am only talking about DVDrips etc that my erm....mate gets for me to watch on telly rather than burning them to disc as my LCD telly acts as a monitor. Just want to hook up laptop to be able to watch avi, mpeg etc etc..

Really don't know what is the best setup regarding my existing desktop ! I want to be able to surf on it as well as the laptop and possibly even at the same time, this is obviously achievable but I am looking for the best and easiest way to do this, with minimum hassle setup wise.

I don't need DVDwriter as already have this on desktop.
Don't understand if i need the router to act as a ADSL modem but would say probably (Is this easiest ?)
Is it better to have the desktop and laptop both wireless or only the laptop through the existing modem ?
#6
Just want to hook up laptop to be able to watch avi, mpeg etc etc..
Then check whether your telly got VGA, DVI or S-Video inputs and select laptop with one or more VGA/DVI/S-Video outputs.

Don't understand if i need the router to act as a ADSL modem but would say probably (Is this easiest ?)
There is nothing to do with easiness. If you have ADSL broadband and your modem is USB then you need ADSL router. If you have NTL/Telewest broadband OR ADSL broadband with Ethernet modem then you need cable/DSL router (the one without modem). It is that simple.

If you only buying laptop to watch DivX/DVDs then you can get network media streamer such as Buffalo Linktheatre or DLink DSM-320, DSM-320RD or DSM-520. Or even better, get Freecom 35 Media player kit, put any IDE hard drive inside, fill it with movies and play'em from it. Freecom can also play files from network.
#7
Your existing modem is probably connected to your desktop via the usb, which is fine for a single pc setup. Not all wireless routers have the ability to connect a usb modem so a good option is to get a Modem/Router.
If you have a modem router you can connect this directly to your phone line and then wirelessly connect as many pc's to this as you want, you can also hardwire upto 5 pc's to the router, dependant on model. You also get everything in one box - a router, an adsl modem and on most model a hardware firewall.
I did a fair amount of research on wireless routers and eventually settled on the Netgear DG834GT, because it had a good range, hardware firewall, was getting favourable reviews and I got it for less than £50 inc. del. I have also just recently investd in a omni-directional ariel to improve range even more (the walls of my house are 6" thick stone).
#8
cheers for the info guys, will look into all this technology !

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