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    Hi

    I am thinking of signing up to Plusnet Boradband ( plus.net/ )

    It is for my Mum who has a laptop. Can anyone tell me if all that I need to go wireless is a wireless router?, and can anyone recommend me one for her Dell Dimension laptop?

    Thanks for your help :thumbsup:

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    Does her laptop have a wireless card?

    I have this router. Never had any problems with it.

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    Original Poster

    is this one wireless and any good ebuyer.com/cus…222

    it says wirless cable in the description

    Can't go wrong with Zyxel: ]http//ww…521 the customer reviews speak volumes, an average of 5 stars from 91 reviews and it includes a wireless USB adapter in-case the laptop doesn't have wireless, but could be handy even if it does.

    Original Poster

    That looks a good one megalomaniac, not sure if the laptop has wireless, should do, bought it from Dell a couple of weeks ago

    I have plusnet and a BT Voyager 2100 router. It is a bit old now but still 802.11g and I have never had a problem with it. Easy to set up as well.

    If you do sign her up you can put me down as a referer if you like my username is [COLOR="Red"]jarica[/COLOR]. Not sure if this will get her a discount but worth a go. If you do put me as a refer and I get the one off referal fee I will split it with you.

    Original Poster

    Will I still need this if the laptop has wireless in it?

    jarica

    I have plusnet and a BT Voyager 2100 router. It is a bit old now but … I have plusnet and a BT Voyager 2100 router. It is a bit old now but still 802.11g and I have never had a problem with it. Easy to set up as well.If you do sign her up you can put me down as a referer if you like my username is [COLOR=Red]jarica[/COLOR]. Not sure if this will get her a discount but worth a go. If you do put me as a refer and I get the one off referal fee I will split it with you.



    However it's not just a one-off, there's also a monthly recurring reduction in your subscription of 25p-50p... (depending on the option he goes for)

    mumford

    Will I still need this if the laptop has wireless in it?



    Yes you'll still need an ADSL router to connect to your phone line. The nice thing about the one I suggested is that is has a very good firewall built in, this is something you should be looking for as is WPA support, which again the ]Zyxel has.

    Original Poster

    cheers

    with plusnet what you will probably recieve is a standard modem (no wireless). As it is with plusnet and through your phone line you will need an "adsl" wireless router (not a cable/dsl wireless router). YOu can find some here: ebuyer.com/UK/…ers

    Secondly you need to ensure the the laptop has a built in wireless adaptor. (basically allows ur laptop to connect to the modem). If the laptop doesnt have it inbuilt, usb ones can be picked up for £5-£10

    EDIT - just read the other replies.. its what you get when your on the forums at work!

    Original Poster

    will the ZYXEL be compatible with VISTA?

    megalomaniac

    Can't go wrong with Zyxel: ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/109521 the … Can't go wrong with Zyxel: ]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/109521 the customer reviews speak volumes, an average of 5 stars from 91 reviews and it includes a wireless USB adapter in-case the laptop doesn't have wireless, but could be handy even if it does.



    I have that unit, I am using it now, excellent product, got mine a while back from Amazon for £29.99 the lot, has gone up now.

    Great Modem Router, shame about the choice of ISP, I left Plusnet last November, absolute carp....dial up speeds at times.

    mumford

    will the ZYXEL be compatible with VISTA?



    Should do.

    Original Poster

    do you know of any other ISP's for the same monthly offer £9.99 that are any good?

    Just put my old dears on Plus Net

    They already have the BT Voyager 2091 wireless modem and that works a treat.

    This modem is basically the same as the Voyager 2100.

    In general any decent make of wireless ADSL modem / router will be OK but bear in mind the following

    1. Has your folks laptop got a built in WiFi card, if not you will need to get a PCMCIA or USb adapter.

    2. Use WPA encryption if you can - if their laptop supports it.

    Alternatively if you sign them up on the £14.99 / month deal, Plus Net throw in a BT Voyager 2091 for free if you stay with them for a year, so in effect the router costs you £60, which is a bit high, but it is fully supported by Plus Net, so worth a thought. It may even come pre-configured so maybe pure plug and play !

    hth

    EliTom

    mumford

    do you know of any other ISP's for the same monthly offer £9.99 that are … do you know of any other ISP's for the same monthly offer £9.99 that are any good?




    Sadly no, but remember, you get what you pay for with ISP's, they certainly are not all the same.

    Inactive

    Sadly no, but remember, you get what you pay for with ISP's, they … Sadly no, but remember, you get what you pay for with ISP's, they certainly are not all the same.



    Probably true, but it depends what you want.

    My parents only use the net for email, shopping and casual surfing, no p2p or loads of media streaming, so 1GB per month is fine for the, although plusnet do give you unlimited downloads during the night so even then just schedule your torrents etc for midnight onwards.

    Gaming would proably be not so good either but its horses for courses ......

    Fair comment, but when I was with Plusnet my browsing speeds were worse than dial-up, pages took forever to open, I am well pleased to be rid of them.

    Original Poster

    not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and my mum will only really be using tinternet for online banking and email

    mumford

    not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and … not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and my mum will only really be using tinternet for online banking and email




    Your call, I can only relay my first hand experience of them, which was abysmal.

    mumford

    not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and … not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and my mum will only really be using tinternet for online banking and email



    The £9.99 package will be fine. The only reason to go for the higher packages are things like VPN, gaming prioritisation and more inclusive bandwidth.

    I'd also recommend considering the 20.99 package which includes the BT line rental and some landline minutes per month. Given that BT charge £11/month anyway it's 250 minutes for free and a single bill... you can up this to £24.99 for the phone package and get lots more calls (you'd need to read the details of the current offers, when I signed up the £20.99 package gave 250minutes/month and the £24.99 was 1000minutes.

    I can confirm that any referral means that the referrer gets 50p/month off (I don't think the referee gets anything, still better someone benefits so if you do sign up then pick one of us for a referee... my reference is eglons!).

    eglons

    The £9.99 package will be fine. The only reason to go for the higher … The £9.99 package will be fine. The only reason to go for the higher packages are things like VPN, gaming prioritisation and more inclusive bandwidth.I'd also recommend considering the 20.99 package which includes the BT line rental and some landline minutes per month. Given that BT charge £11/month anyway it's 250 minutes for free and a single bill... you can up this to £24.99 for the phone package and get lots more calls (you'd need to read the details of the current offers, when I signed up the £20.99 package gave 250minutes/month and the £24.99 was 1000minutes.I can confirm that any referral means that the referrer gets 50p/month off (I don't think the referee gets anything, still better someone benefits so if you do sign up then pick one of us for a referee... my reference is eglons!).



    One word of warning here, keep your line rental with BT, even if cost a bit more, and use low cost 3rd party carriers for certain types of calls.

    The reason for this is that if you do get a fault on your line, the company you pay your "line rental" to must pay BT to fix it, and they will do evrything they can to get out of paying so it is a real battle to get a fault fixed. This is because BT are still responsible and own the line.

    Just google for talktalk problems like this.

    mumford

    not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and … not sure what to do, some say they have had no problems with plusnet and my mum will only really be using tinternet for online banking and email



    Sign up with PlusNet, they we great with my folks, and they have a UK call centre with a normal (non 0870 / 0845) phone number.

    Also when you sign up, click the box for the 90 day trial, then if you are not happy with the service in 90 days leave and pay nothing !

    Original Poster

    okay thanks, 90 day trial seems a good idea
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