I have wired broadband at the moment... Can i just buy a wireless modem & get it working straight away or do I have to contact my internet service provider?

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Found 26th Apr 2009
I'm completely useless with all this technical stuff lol
thanks

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You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless you are on Virgin CABLE where the modem / router are separate).

Contact your provider and see if they are giving away free wireless routers, some are.

yeh tell them you will go elsewhere where they are giving away free wireless modems and they might send you one to keep you

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guilbert53;5037702

You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless … You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless you are on Virgin CABLE where the modem / router are separate).Contact your provider and see if they are giving away free wireless routers, some are.


:oops: so can you just buy a wireless router & it would work straight away? :? thanks

yes it should be fine the modem is still wired the same way its just the connection between pc/laptop and the modem. no reason for the ISP to have a problem. IT might be more technical if you buy one from a shop but it will have instructions. If it came from your ISP it would be idiot proof...probably

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you need a wireless router and a wireless card or built in wireless in your computer then a few settings that you will find in the router box and then it should work

masterruckus;5037722

yes it should be fine the modem is still wired the same way its just the … yes it should be fine the modem is still wired the same way its just the connection between pc/laptop and the modem. no reason for the ISP to have a problem. IT might be more technical if you buy one from a shop but it will have instructions. If it came from your ISP it would be idiot proof...probably



you obviously haven't had a wireless router from talktalk, lol

cheerleader;5037714

:oops: so can you just buy a wireless router & it would work straight … :oops: so can you just buy a wireless router & it would work straight away? :? thanks



If only computers were that simple.

Your PC / laptop needs to "talk" to the router over wireless so your PC / laptop needs wireless capability.

Most laptops now have wireless built in. For a PC you will probably need to add a wireless card.

There will be some setup needed to get it working, but hopefully it will come with a program on a CD that will set it all up for you (hopefully!).

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bykergrove;5037730

you need a wireless router and a wireless card or built in wireless in … you need a wireless router and a wireless card or built in wireless in your computer then a few settings that you will find in the router box and then it should work


:? wireless card?
have a sony vaio laptop with wireless on it & an acer 150 that can also do wireless i think?

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guilbert53;5037765

If only computers were that simple.Your PC / laptop needs to "talk" to … If only computers were that simple.Your PC / laptop needs to "talk" to the router over wireless so your PC / laptop needs wireless capability.Most laptops now have wireless built in. For a PC you will probably need to add a wireless card. There will be some setup needed to get it working, but hopefully it will come with a program on a CD that will set it all up for you (hopefully!).


thanks :thumbsup:

guilbert53;5037702

You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless … You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless you are on Virgin CABLE where the modem / router are separate).Contact your provider and see if they are giving away free wireless routers, some are.



I agree, trying to configure a wireless router can be daunting to someone who does not grasp the fundamentals and I am guessing that is this case... contact your supplier and get them to supply one that will configure a bit easier with their service...:thumbsup:

what model equipment have you got at the minutes and who is your isp & on what service ?

guilbert53;5037702

You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless … You need a wireless ROUTER that will have a modem built in to it (unless you are on Virgin CABLE where the modem / router are separate).



Actually a wireless modem would work fine if you only had a single device (computer/set to box/console etc.) to connect to it, but you'd have trouble finding one. Wireless routers are much more common and allow you to easily share the internet connection.

mosskeeto;5037784

I agree, trying to configure a wireless router can be daunting to … I agree, trying to configure a wireless router can be daunting to someone who does not grasp the fundamentals and I am guessing that is this case... contact your supplier and get them to supply one that will configure a bit easier with their service...:thumbsup:



While networking can be a bit of a pain if you need to mess around with the settings it's very likely that the default settings will be fine for you.

The following is what you'll be doing when you get the router.

1. Plug it in to the phone line and power
2. Plug your laptop (or a nearby desktop) into it using the supplied ethernet cable
3. Open your web browser and go to the router's set up page (usually http;//192.168.0.1 or similar)
4. Log in using the username and password that are either on the router or in it's manual.
5. If you weren't prompted to at the last step then go into change password and pick a new password for the router.
6. Go to the wireless page and pick a wireless passord (WPA type if you get a choice) and name for your wireless network.
7. Hit the log-out link.

8. Unplug your laptop and open up the networking page for your laptop (start menu> connect to or the icon in the system tray for windows.
9. Pick the wireless network with the name you gave it earlier and put in the password you chose for the wireless network.
10. Voila, browse the internet.

Once that setup is down you won't ever have to do anything else, your computers will remember the password (they'll be a remember password tick box) and connect automatically each time.

There may be one additional step above, you may have to enter the username and password for your ADSL connection. The details will be in with the information your ISP provided you with though, and the router will have an ADSL page with username and password fields or something else obviously named so it's just an extra step when you're doing 5. and 6.

The two basic things you need for wireless Internet are:
1) Wireless Network adapter (you say your laptop has it built in so that's done)
2) Wireless Router

As for asking your ISP, there's no need to do that. All the setup is done by you.

When buying a router be careful to get one which matches your service as you get different ones for Cable and ADSL.
Additionally, you'll need a network cable to setup your Wireless network in your home when you first get the router, most routers come with one but check the package contents to make sure.

Nowadays, most routers come with a setup wizard, or at least a quick start booklet which takes you through most of the process. If something goes wrong you can usually contact your ISP to help out. Alternatively, if you post the service that you have along with the router you're thinking of getting, there's plenty of tutorials on the net that will guide you through the process.

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dontasciime;5037915

what model equipment have you got at the minutes and who is your isp & on … what model equipment have you got at the minutes and who is your isp & on what service ?



got a sony vaio & acer A150
we're on aol at the moment

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cheerleader;5038855

got a sony vaio & acer A150we're on aol at the moment


would a [SIZE=2]BT HOME HUB 2.0 WIRELESS ROUTER[/SIZE] be any good on aol for the laptop & netbook? thanks
also would i be able to use the WII on it & the kids use their ds & dsi on it? :?

Found these two links which should be pretty useful to you:
1) AOL info on setting up a wireless network - ]here
2) AOL's wireless instructions for several modem routers - ]here

As far I can see on Google, the BT Home Hub is only really compatible with BT Broadband, though apparently ways to unlock it - I wouldn't assume it's easy though. Maybe someone with experience of this router can shed some further light.

One of the routers on AOL link above is a Netgear DG834G is one that I had and I never had any problems with that. Plus the fact it's on the AOL page means it should be easy to setup

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MrBrightside1987;5039137

Found these two links which should be pretty useful to you:1) AOL info … Found these two links which should be pretty useful to you:1) AOL info on setting up a wireless network - ]here2) AOL's wireless instructions for several modem routers - ]hereAs far I can see on Google, the BT Home Hub is only really compatible with BT Broadband, though apparently ways to unlock it - I wouldn't assume it's easy though. Maybe someone with experience of this router can shed some further light.One of the routers on AOL link above is a Netgear DG834G is one that I had and I never had any problems with that. Plus the fact it's on the AOL page means it should be easy to setup


thanks was only looking at the hub as someone was selling new on ebay & about to finish at 99p plus £5 p&p :lol:

I was trying to find out what modem your are using right now

try and get a modem / router from AOL and search google for any issues between any given modem/router and AOL

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dontasciime;5039240

I was trying to find out what modem your are using right nowtry and get a … I was trying to find out what modem your are using right nowtry and get a modem / router from AOL and search google for any issues between any given modem/router and AOL



ohhhh :oops: i have a bt voyager 190 asdl

cheerleader;5039254

ohhhh :oops: i have a bt voyager 190 asdl



How long have you been with them.? Phone them up and ask for a new modem router that does wireless and if they say they will charge you for it tell them you are going to be leaving now and ask for MAC, then go with a company that will offer you a free modem/router that does wireless.

Do not pay them £90 for a speedtouch or netgear try and get it for free. The bt voyager 190 is not really supposed to be compatible with AOL according to a few searches I did. I did not delve into why not but if thats true then you can expect that you are not getting the service you should, so they should be supplying you with equipment whereby you can.

I changed mine a few months back. Got a netgear wireless G modem router. Really easy to install and I'm no whizz! Now got wii ps3 and others connected wireless.

Didn't pay £90 for it either. Think it was about £30.

cheerleader;5039045

also would i be able to use the WII on it & the kids use their ds & dsi … also would i be able to use the WII on it & the kids use their ds & dsi on it? :?



Well you can use the wii, and, I believe, the DSi on it but the DS only supports WEP security which is no longer considered secure (the newer and secure WPA is supported by the Wii and DSi) so you probably don't want to set your wireless up to use that unless your PCs don't have anything that need to be secure or you're in a remote location (everything connected to a wireless network has to use the same security).

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dontasciime;5039300

How long have you been with them.? Phone them up and ask for a new modem … How long have you been with them.? Phone them up and ask for a new modem router that does wireless and if they say they will charge you for it tell them you are going to be leaving now and ask for MAC, then go with a company that will offer you a free modem/router that does wireless.Do not pay them £90 for a speedtouch or netgear try and get it for free. The bt voyager 190 is not really supposed to be compatible with AOL according to a few searches I did. I did not delve into why not but if thats true then you can expect that you are not getting the service you should, so they should be supplying you with equipment whereby you can.


been with them for over 3 years & phoned them and they said they couldn't offer me a better deal cos of the exchange we have here so think i might change to sky & get my phone line rental & broadband for cheaper than with aol & bt & get a free wireless router & internet security :lol:
thanks everyone for your help :thumbsup:

Get 02 BB and you get free wireless router and can use Quidco and if you have an 02 sim already can get it cheaper!!
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