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Online now with my laptop through our cable tv company. My laptop has wireless hardware. can I go wireless useing the cable service ipay for now or do I need to get a router ect.ect.

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Hi there,

Your laptop is an access device not an access point. The difference is that with an access device, such as your laptop, you can only connect to networks and with an access point, such as a router, you can allow other devices to connect through it.

You will just need to purchase a router and hook it up to your cable and then you will need to configure your router to allow your devices to connect to it. You will be able to do this by reading through the manual or you could hire someone to do it for you.

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You need to have a router to wireless. Have your cable compnay provided a box, called as (modem *** router). If no, please contact them and ask them if they provide any..

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