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Wireless to my laptop

Thanks for your help,was wondering what the difference in the modem/adapter/and the router functions are? I'm not computer savy. they all sound to me to do the same thing. Do i need 1 of each?Thanks

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  • lamplda May 28, 2009

    WOW! thanks, that helps alot. and clearly . Okey I was also sent 2 plug link adapters, what are they suppose to do. and do i need them. 
    I have an 2wire modem on the main desktop pc . a wireless adaptor on a second desktop pc. and a laptop to figure out.Ive been sent all this stuff from AT&T. but i'm not sure what or if I need it or do i need more. BLUH!!!!



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1, A modem connects your devive to a communication line (phone line, cable line, broadband). 2, A router directs your traffic to the correct location on the correct network. 3, An access point allows you to connect to a network wirelessly.   4, A hub allows you to connect several pc's to form a network. 5, A firewall keeps the bad guys out
You need one of each.  Typically you buy one box that has everything in it.  It connects to the internet, firewalls that connection, allows you to connect 4 pc's (and more via the wireless) and routes that traffic to/from the internet as required.  (all for under £100 - very impressive :)  )

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    Cosma Papouis May 28, 2009

    Your 2 wire device contains the modem, router, firewall and wireless access point.  You need to get the 2nd pc to connect wirelessly to the router and also the laptop.  

    Where are you located?



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Hi there.
You can buy just 1 device nowadays a wireless modem router, this will connect directly to the cable or telephone socket and give wireless access almost straight away.

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    Lee Hodgson May 28, 2009

    The idea of plug link adapters is that you plug one of the adapters into a standard
    electrical outlet near your broadband router, and connect it to the
    router with an included Ethernet cable. Next, you plug an identical
    adapter into an electrical outlet in another place in the home or
    office, and connect it to another computer with a second included
    cable. No software, no setup procedures, no drivers. How sweet.
    For all intents and purposes, it's a wired home network, except it
    has a couple of these small black devices in between. And the dog can't
    chew the wires.

    The building's electrical lines do the rest — they carry the
    computers' high-frequency data on top of the low-frequency waves on the
    electrical transmission lines, and the two can cohabit quite happily
    without interference.

    And you can buy individual powerline adapters as you need them, up to 16 of them before the speed begins to degrade.

    What's more important is that this system works far better than a
    home wireless (WiFi) network, which often can't reach all the corners
    of the house or office — especially if there's a microwave oven working
    nearby — and is much slower.




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