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:
PentiumÂ® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.4GHz w/800MHz FSB, MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® XP Professional
Dell Dimension 8300 Series
PentiumÂ® 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
New 128MB DDR ATI RADEONâ„¢ 9800 Pro Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI
120GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices
3.5 in Floppy Drive
MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® XP Professional
Mouse included in Dell Wireless Package
Integrated IntelÂ® PRO 10/100 Ethernet
56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
CD orDVD Drive
Dual Drives: 48x CD-RW Drive + 8x DVD+RW Drive
Sound Blaster Audigyâ„¢2 (D) Card w/Dolby 5.1, and IEEE 1394 capability
No Speaker Option
MicrosoftÂ® Office Basic Edition 2003 w/ MicrosoftÂ® Money Standard
McAfee Security Center w/VirusScan,Firewall and Privacy,1-year subscription
Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH
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: MicrosoftÂ® 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
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.
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.