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    Advice needed on wireless router Please

    I've just bought a new laptop, and need some advice on wireless routers.
    I'm with Virgin broadband, and have been to pc world and told I need to get a netgear router.
    Have been looking at Netgear WNB2100 N300 Router and USB Adapter Kit
    for £79.99.
    My needs are simple really, i just want to be able to use the laptop upstairs, and my son will be getting a ps3 for christmas so is this router going to do the job.
    I dont have a clue, so any advice will be great.
    Many Thanks

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    This would do the job. Yes
    Has your laptop got built in WiFi.
    The ps3 also has built in WiFi.
    So are you willing to sell the adapter ? really need it.

    I think any cable wireless router will do it, dont know why it needs to be netgear. If your laptop has wireless already on it then you dont need a usb adpator

    I doubt you will need the adapter as all new laptops come with them built in these days. what make/model laptop is it btw?

    you dont HAVE to get a netgear router lol
    I use one, and find it to be fine (DG834GT) but a lot of people do not recommend Netgear (not too sure why, been fine for me)

    Anyway, you can get any router tbh. I think Linksys or D-Link are really good
    I hear this is a solid reliable router
    D-link DIR655 but thats probably too much to spend for just basic wireless needs.

    Heres the netgear I have, works perfect for me
    ebuyer.com/pro…74/

    BTW you will need the usb adapter only if your computer/laptop does not have wireless built in.

    Original Poster

    The laptop has WIFI, and was told the adapter would make the laptop perform better with the wireless router?

    yep i get 100% connection on from upstairs to downstairs on this one [url]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/Netgear-DG834G-Router.jpg[/url
    using the ps3 i mean

    Original Poster

    Its a Dell Insipron, (the carphone warehouse deal)

    lisat;6675002

    The laptop has WIFI, and was told the adapter would make the laptop … The laptop has WIFI, and was told the adapter would make the laptop perform better with the wireless router?



    OMG what a load of rubbish! ignore any advice from PC World staff they are completely useless

    rickwoody;6675040

    OMG what a load of rubbish! ignore any advice from PC World staff they … OMG what a load of rubbish! ignore any advice from PC World staff they are completely useless



    I expect they were probably talking about wireless-N versus B/G, im assuming that you just want a wireless connection so b/g will do

    Is the router you've got not wireless though? Seems odd that any ISP these days doesn't supply a wireless router.

    Original Poster

    Thanks rickwoody, thought I would check out "real advice" before buying .

    lisat maybe you should give your internet provider a call and explain the situation and see if they will send you one!

    Original Poster

    moob;6675060

    Is the router you've got not wireless though? Seems odd that any ISP … Is the router you've got not wireless though? Seems odd that any ISP these days doesn't supply a wireless router.



    I'm looking to buy a router, haven't got one as yet.

    Yes, that is BS about the laptop performing 'better' wireless built into laptops are fine and will work perfect with a router without the USB adapter.
    Probably trying to edge on a sale!
    You should be able to get one for ~£50.

    lisat;6675035

    Its a Dell Insipron, (the carphone warehouse deal)




    i got that and im using the netgear router that i posted earlier.

    Original Poster

    masterruckus;6675078

    lisat maybe you should give your internet provider a call and explain the … lisat maybe you should give your internet provider a call and explain the situation and see if they will send you one!



    I've done that and they want £50, which is not a problem but I want it today if poss.

    lisat;6675085

    I'm looking to buy a router, haven't got one as yet.



    I see - so, currently, how are you connecting to the internet - is it only a modem?

    If that's the case, as someone else has stated, I'm fairly sure Virgin would supply you with one free of charge, as a paying customer you should demand one.

    lisat;6675095

    I've done that and they want £50, which is not a problem but I want it … I've done that and they want £50, which is not a problem but I want it today if poss.



    Threaten to cancel and say 'Sky will give me a free wireless router and their deal is better etc etc...'

    Original Poster

    moob;6675101

    I see - so, currently, how are you connecting to the internet - is it … I see - so, currently, how are you connecting to the internet - is it only a modem?If that's the case, as someone else has stated, I'm fairly sure Virgin would supply you with one free of charge, as a paying customer you should demand one.



    Broadband?
    Virgin will only supply free to new customers, i've had this discusion with them already and it £50 and no less

    ^^ is worth a try, I'm starting to realise companies are craving into customer demands a lot more recently
    I would defo complain, telling them something like how can you be supplying me with cable and not give me something as essential as a wireless router. and then play the card of leaving and you should be sent one soon !

    well if you want one now, you can basically go on the pcworld website and click on networking and then cable routers simple. how much do you want to spend. there are some on argos, what shops do you have near you for this type of thing


    This looks good and belkin is a good make and if you ever upgrade your wireless then it will handle it

    argos.co.uk/sta…htm

    moob;6675109

    Threaten to cancel and say 'Sky will give me a free wireless router and … Threaten to cancel and say 'Sky will give me a free wireless router and their deal is better etc etc...'



    LOL. That worked for me once got a router :w00t:

    masterruckus;6675152

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/pcw_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1186438218.1256396928@@@@&BV_EngineID=cceeadeijeliekicflgceggdhhmdgmj.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=951446&category_oid=



    Was just about to post this as well, if you reserve it to collect instore you'll get it at the web exclusive price, i don't think you will find anything cheaper tbh.

    rickwoody;6675207

    Was just about to post this as well, if you reserve it to collect instore … Was just about to post this as well, if you reserve it to collect instore you'll get it at the web exclusive price, i don't think you will find anything cheaper tbh.



    superb bargain

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone who has helped, and given great advice
    will go with
    argos.co.uk/sta…htm
    Rep on its way:thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    Maybe i'll change my mind then??

    the PC world one is an absolute steal!
    get that, btw the argos link dont work?

    lisat;6675286

    Maybe i'll change my mind then??



    lol hey i got to go soon lol make your mind up :-D

    Original Poster

    Will the pc world one, work as well as the argos belkin?

    both will work fine for what you will do (basic wireless needs)
    Unless you live in some mansion, you wont notice much difference between the Belkin and Netgear
    The reason the Belkin costs more is the N-Range, jus means it will have a wider range, but again for a average house and connection its not needed.

    lisat;6675330

    Will the pc world one, work as well as the argos belkin?



    yes they will both do the job and the pcworld one is a steal if you can get call and collect it for 29.99

    Original Poster

    Cheers munaaf, I'm off to pc world.

    Thanks again everyone Rep left :thumbsup:

    I have a router you can have for £20 delivered - its a Thomson 585, in perfect condition and will do what you want without any problems (its an 8.11g speed device), btw, dont pay PC World £80, that is over the top, and, as already stated there is a good chance you dont need the adapter anyway assuming your laptop has working wifi in it.

    cheers,
    dan

    I called virgin and said to them that I needed a router and could they send me one for free and at first they said no, and I said oh loads of other broadband companies are giving them away to their customers, they then sent me one for nothing!!!

    Original Poster

    lisat is now wireless, many thanks to all for the help.
    went with the Belkin in the end, pc world out of stock of the netgear for £29.99
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