Wireless adapter

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Wireless adapter

Postby DiscoFever » Thu 09 Nov, 2006 8:07 pm

If i have a Lynksys (wireless) router with 2 computers. I want to add one PC upstairs, does the adapter have to be "Lynksys" brand ,or will it work with another brand.??

I noticed in the store a small adapter that connects to the USB port. the one i saw was made by Belkin. would that work with my stuff.

any help is really appreciated. :D
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Postby Don_HH2K » Thu 09 Nov, 2006 8:16 pm

Wi-Fi is standardized nowadays, so you can usually use different manufacturer's equipment together. I've got a Motorola router, with wireless cards by Broadcom, Belkin, and Lucent, and they all communicate together.
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Postby Mandrake » Thu 09 Nov, 2006 8:58 pm

The 802.11a/b/g are all WiFi standards produced by the IEEE. All the manufacturer's conform to these standards, so you can have different manufacturer's equipment working together, like in Don_HH2K's case.
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Postby James » Thu 09 Nov, 2006 9:05 pm

Just make sure it provides WPA or better yet WPA 2 encryption for security purposes.
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Postby DiscoFever » Fri 10 Nov, 2006 7:38 am

Thank you all for your help.
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Postby PaulD » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 3:52 pm

I am most of the way thru the process of converting from dial-up to DSL (the line was provisioned 2 days ago), and have done a lot of learning in last couple of weeks in preparation. Below is an excellent source of information pertaining to broadband; it is DSL biased, but the concepts and much of the technology applies also to cable. (There also are recent items in the news about the development of high-speed access over the utility ('Edison') power lines.)

Relative to your question: As noted previously, brand name is probably irrelevant; but speed is. See this first one.
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/10942 - Terminology, including in/compatability among 802.11a/b/g.
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/wlan
http://www.dslreports.com/faqnew
http://www.dslreports.com/faq/
http://www.dslreports.com/ - Use the menu bar near the top to expand selection.
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Postby Edward » Sat 11 Nov, 2006 5:52 pm

As long as both the router and network card utiilize the same standard(s), using different brands should not be a problem.

I have a Linksys Wireless-B router which also includes 4 wired ports. The computers are all connected via the wired ports, but for good measure, I purchased Linksys network cards for the systems. The oldest card was installed in 2001 and it still works perfectly.
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