I have wiifi on my computer do i need a router
This is a very good question. The short answer is that you do need something to take your Internet signal coming into your home and broadcast it wirelessly. You have to options here:
1.) You can contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and ask if they have any modem/router combos. This would be one device which would serve as your modem AND wireless router. For example, AT&T has their "2Wire" (that's the brand name) modem, but it has full wired and wireless functionality. Setting up one device is much easier than configuring a modem and a separate wireless router for a few reasons. First, your ISP will walk you through the configuration of their device OR they may even send a tech to your home for the installation. Second, your ISP will generally NOT help you with a 3rd party device (ie. some wireless router you bought at Best Buy). Finally, when your network goes down - and it will someday - it is waaay easier to troubleshoot when you have the single device modem/router combo.
2.) Buying a wireless router would be your other option. This router would work WITH your existing modem. If you have DSL, the setup can be difficult if you're not experienced. If you have broadband/cable Internet, then it's a bit easier. In the latter case, you could just call the manufacturer of the router and ask them to help you set up your WIFI network (and secure it!) and they will usually help you free of charge.
In summary, I recommend going with a modem/wireless-router combo if you have DSL. If you have broadband/cable Internet, it probably doesn't matter. No matter which way you go, you will be spending between $60-80 (please don't spend more than $80. pretty please.) I hope this was helpful information. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to reply to this message.
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Sep 27, 2011 |
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