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looking to go wireless, HELP!

Ok. i'm computer stupid when it comes to some of the terms, and doing some of it. But i can usually figure it out if pushed in the right direction.
My girl wants a wireless connection for her laptop and i need to know what i'm gonna need? What are some of the things i'm gonna want to purchase to help protect her connection from being used by others. What should i expect to pay for a decent wireless set up. She has comcast cable internet connection!
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You'll need a wireless router, i paid $100 for my lynksys (sp?) one. The only thing is that I got a letter from Comcast saying that I was using more than one IP adress and they want to charge me more . Other than that it is really easy to set up, just pop in the cd that comes with it.
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You'll need a wireless router, i paid $100 for my lynksys (sp?) one. The only thing is that I got a letter from Comcast saying that I was using more than one IP adress and they want to charge me more . Other than that it is really easy to set up, just pop in the cd that comes with it.
why more then one IP address, did someone hack into it?
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the lap top i'm on says it has a IEEE 802.1x this isn't the C or G i hear everyone talking about??? does it matter?
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the lap top i'm on says it has a IEEE 802.1x this isn't the C or G i hear everyone talking about??? does it matter?
IEEE is what is called FireWire, you might want to check the specs of the laptop.. if it has firewire it just might have a wireless adapter already. Then all you will need is a WAP (wireless access point).

I just bought the Microsoft Wireless G kit... im not a big microsoft fan but this was the cheapest there was to buy. Im sure more expensive is better.. but I do not plan on using it much.

As for securing it.. just RTFM, go over the security portion of the manual as many times as it takes to understand how to make it work.
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Ok, several things are wrong here:

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IEEE is what is called FireWire,
No, IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers which is tasked with maintaining standards.

FireWire is IEEE 1384 which is a high speed serial standard akin/comparable on the level of USB, not networking.


Second,

IEEE 802.11 is the working group for Wireless LAN's.

There are some different specs within the group:

802.11 -- Freq hopping with 1-2 Mbps transmission in the 2.4 GHz band

802.11a -- 54 Mbps in the 5GHz band.

802.11b (Most commonly referred to as Wi-Fi) 11 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz band. Comparable to Ethernet, this is what most people are using.

802.11g -- 20+ Mbps @ 2.4 GHz band.

Third,

IEEE 802.1x is a security standard for port-based network access control which allows you to connect to networks over the 802.11b standard.
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Ok, several things are wrong here:



No, IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers which is tasked with maintaining standards.

FireWire is IEEE 1384 which is a high speed serial standard akin/comparable on the level of USB, not networking.


Second,

IEEE 802.11 is the working group for Wireless LAN's.

There are some different specs within the group:

802.11 -- Freq hopping with 1-2 Mbps transmission in the 2.4 GHz band

802.11a -- 54 Mbps in the 5GHz band.

802.11b (Most commonly referred to as Wi-Fi) 11 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz band. Comparable to Ethernet, this is what most people are using.

802.11g -- 20+ Mbps @ 2.4 GHz band.

Third,

IEEE 802.1x is a security standard for port-based network access control which allows you to connect to networks over the 802.11b standard.
Thanks for the corrections!! my appologies to the poster for incorrect information
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You'll need a wireless router, i paid $100 for my lynksys (sp?) one. The only thing is that I got a letter from Comcast saying that I was using more than one IP adress and they want to charge me more . Other than that it is really easy to set up, just pop in the cd that comes with it.
I got the same letter from Comcast this past weekend but if I remember correctly it said that if you are using a router to ignore the message. I'll have to look at it again tonight.




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I got the same letter from Comcast this past weekend but if I remember correctly it said that if you are using a router to ignore the message. I'll have to look at it again tonight.
I'll have to read it again then, i just kind of skimmed through it.
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