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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by phoenix510, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. phoenix510

    phoenix510 Byte Poster

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    Hi all

    I have a friend who is still living in the dark ages and is still using a 56k modem :dry . He now wants to go wireless is this possible and if so what is the best type of router he should go for that offers value for money.

    Thanks
     
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    http://www.shop.bt.com/invt/cay227

    is this what you looking for? this is a new *thing* to me sorry....
     
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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    i dont think it would be worthwhile, as its slow already being dial-up, when he connects to the net, its gonna be even slowler, but the only good thing would he can connect to his network, and if he gets BB then, he can just attach it straight up.

    Whats the budget?
    Would he be getting ADSL or Cable?
     
  4. simongrahamuk
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    Hi Neil,

    First thing to ask is if you friend is going to go with broadband, and if so who with?

    Some ISP's offer Wireless routers / modems as part of their package, and any of these should do the job.

    8)
     
  5. zxspectrum

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    Im inclined to agree with SGUK here, the deals out there today are getting better and better all the time. Your friend may want to look at AOL if he has a small budget, they are doing an offer for 14.99 i think , which would be suited for him.

    Eddie
     
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  6. Boycie
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    If it were me i would wait until your friend had DSL/Cable and then get an all in one unit. Sharing dial up sends a shiver down my back!

    Si
     
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    Hm - that has a) been discontinued, and b) may not work with XP SP2.

    Not something I'd recomend trying!

    Harry.
     
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  8. hbroomhall

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    As others have pointed out - depends what is meant be 'going wireless'.

    Doing wireless with a dialup modem is, IMHO, a waste of time and money.

    Or does he have a ISP with WiFi delivery nearby?

    Or is he intending to get broadband?

    Lots of questions!

    Harry.
     
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  9. noelg24

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    I know what you're talking about here phoenix because Apple actually have a wireless device that has a built in dial up modem...now I am guessing your friend either cant get broadband in his area or is not yet ready to get it. if thats the case he can buy whats known as the Aiport Extreme Base Station (I dont know if Apple still sell them due this whole environmentally friendly thingy) but he can check on eBay and maybe get one for about under £100 since its retailed at £189 from Apple. This will sort him out for wireless dial up connection no problem. of course if he has an issue with it we can help him out but only with the base station and not the PC. Hope this helps. :biggrin
     
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  10. Boycie
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    Noel,

    oh, my understanding was the airport was another name for a wireless G card!

    Si
     
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  11. hbroomhall

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    Airport seems to be a generic name for a whole set of WiFi bits and pieces. I've had an Airport Express to deal with (getting it to work for a friend of a friend who had no clue at all) and have mixed feelings about it.

    Nice simple case design, and a few neat features. A bit of a pig to set up (the reset button only worked occasionaly) and a very silly built-in mains plug.

    Harry.
     
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  12. Boycie
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    not worth the money then?

    Si
     
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  13. hbroomhall

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    Depends on what you want. In the particular case cited I considered his proposed use to be OTT, but he seemed quite happy with it. (Streaming music from a central machine). And it *was* compact - not many other units are available that have it all together like that.

    Harry.
     
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  14. Boycie
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    Harry,

    As you say, horses for courses...

    Si
     
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  15. noelg24

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    airport base stations are so not worth the money...too expensive and like Harry says a b1tch to set up. oh and if u do happen to buy one with a D-Link router u now have to downgrade the firmware on the base station as the D-Links dont seem to like the new ones...dont ask me why!!
     
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  16. r.h.lee

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    phoenix510,

    The question that needs to be asked is what are his broadband options for his location? Is DSL available? Is cable available? Is *shiver* ISDN available? This is the more important question that needs to be answered before you figure out what type of router is needed.
     
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