How to Make My Dimension 8300 Desktop Wireless

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 Desktop that I would like to make wireless.  I get my Internet conenction via a cable modem from Comcast.

Do I need a router and an adaptor?  Or just a router?  Which router do you recommend?

Should I buy my own modem so that I don't have to rent one from Comcast anymore?

Here are the specs on my machine:

Dimension 8300
Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.4GHz w/800MHz FSB, Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Dell Dimension 8300 Series
 Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.4GHz w/800MHz FSB
 1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz (2x512M)
 Dellâ„¢ Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
 18.1 in 1801FP Dell Ultrasharpâ„¢ Digital Flat Panel Display
Video Card
 New 128MB DDR ATI RADEONâ„¢ 9800 Pro Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI

Hard Drive
 120GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices
 3.5 in Floppy Drive
Operating System
 Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
 Mouse included in Dell Wireless Package

Network Interface
 Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet
 56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
CD orDVD Drive
 Dual Drives: 48x CD-RW Drive + 8x DVD+RW Drive
Sound Card
 Sound Blaster Audigyâ„¢2 (D) Card w/Dolby 5.1, and IEEE 1394 capability
 No Speaker Option
Productivity Software
 Microsoft® Office Basic Edition 2003 w/ Microsoft® Money Standard
Security Software
 McAfee Security Center w/VirusScan,Firewall and Privacy,1-year subscription
Digital Music
 Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH
Digital Photography
 Dell Picture Studio Combo, Paint Shop Pro, Photo Album Premium
Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options
 SAVE $60 (system price shown before rebate) 4 Yr Ltd Warr plus 4 Yr At-Home

Dial-Up Internet Access
 6 Months EarthLink Internet Access Included

Operating System Enhancements
 Combo: Microsoft® Plus! for Windows XP and Digital Media Edition
Enhanced Software for CD or DVD Burner
 Combo: RecordNow! and MyDVD Deluxe (DVD+RW only)
Dell Media Experience

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Re: How to Make My Dimension 8300 Desktop Wireless

You need wireless router (to attach to cable modem) and you will nedd a PCI (internal) or USB (external) wireless card.

I would suggest getting them from the same manufacturer.

I would get "g" protocol even if you do not need higher transfer rate for now.

Good luck

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Re: How to Make My Dimension 8300 Desktop Wireless

No reason not to rent your modem - the additional features you might get from it are minimal (you can see the signal power if you wanted to) compared to the pain of comcast someday deciding that your modem is at fault and refusing to fix your line because ou aren't using their modem.
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Re: How to Make My Dimension 8300 Desktop Wireless


     I would be glad to give you a hand, however, I would need to know a few things first...

1) What is the goal of you Network? Just Make the Data Source Wireless for the your laptop to use, or would you like to connect more than one computer to the network?

2) Does your Data Source have an ethernet port, usb port or both?

3) Do you plan to expand this network in the future?

4) Do you want any type of security involved?

If these assumptions are true, then let me know, and I would be happy to help.

Kevin Converse CTO
Impulse Connect, Inc.
727 786-1291

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