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Does a router or combo need to be connected to computer?

I have only one computer, a laptop, and need to use it in more than one room in my apartment. I have internet connection via cable, and have one modem. So far my only computer is connected to the modem, but I will need to move it around the apartment. Will a router suffice, or do I need to get a modem router combo in spite of having a modem already? Does the combo or the router need to be connected to the computer?

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    Frank May 11, 2010

    what make and model is the laptop?

    when did you get the modem? does the modem have wireless connection?

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As you already have the modem you only need a router. In all cases the modem connects to the WAN port on the router.

I think your best bet surely would be to go for a wireless router though? Then you wouldnt have to trail ethernet cables all round the house. I'm sure your laptop has a wireless adaptor built in unless it;s very old.

I always use Netgear networking stuff so forgive me posting a link to a nice 54G wireless router :-) :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-WGR614UK-Wireless-Cable-Router/dp/B0000C1WO2#moreAboutThisProduct


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