Im looking to set up a wireless connection at home so I can get my main desktop PC, laptop, wii and xbox online. We have bought one of those wireless dongle things for the xbox (the hot one this month) wii has wifi already i believe and my laptop has a wireless modem inside.
As far as I can tell i will need to buy a router with DSL, because i can't plug my BB USB modem into a standard router, is this right?
Also I have been told routers with WPA or WPA2 encryption is the best as opposed to WEP, does anyone know if WPA/2 is compatible with the Xbox or Wii?
And then onto the Networking bit. The wii and xbox don't need to be networked they just pick up the internet signals from the router and then just need the encryption password putting in when prompted, again can anyone confirm?
My main PC doesn't have a wireless modem, but it does have a network port, so do I just hard wire an ethernet cable into that? Do I have to put my ISP details in again to get my router online?
Then to add my laptop i just turn it on and search for devices. I am told this will give my a MAC code, but what do i do with this? How do i add this to my network from then? And also im told that my router will have an IP address, which i then need to set my PC and my laptop a to except change the last number e.g PC would end in .1 and laptop end in .2?
How can i go about renaming things so when im on my laptop i can type \Downstairs to gain access to my main computer?
I'm a total, well, not total, but nearly total noob, please someone help. Have I nearly figured it?