View Full Version : How do I go wireless...?

15-11-2002, 05:13 PM
My office is connected with normal UTP cable, but I have a new laptop and I want to connect it to the network wirelessly. The router we have is a standard Nokia ethernet router, with no wireless ports.

I have heard about Wireless Access Points, but I don't know what they are.

How can I connect my laptop to the network wirelessly? Would I need to get a new router? I think I will need a wireless LAN card in my new laptop too.

15-11-2002, 05:16 PM
The cheapest way to do it would be to get two wireless cards. Put one in your laptop, and the other in another computer that is connected to your computer. No need for a WAP afaik.

15-11-2002, 06:38 PM
The cheapest way to do what you wont would be to buy a Wireless PCMCIA LAN card (http://www.mallnz.co.nz/sites/advantage/product_pages/main.asp?WCI=page&html=ntw2206.htm&custid=yStSmxOoCXKN4jj1N50Mdw%3D%3D) for your laptop (Aprox $200) and Wireless PCI LAN card (http://www.mallnz.co.nz/sites/advantage/product_pages/main.asp?WCI=page&html=ntw2203.htm&custid=yStSmxOoCXKN4jj1N50Mdw%3D%3D) for your desktop (Aprox $235).

However the easiest way to do what you want (i.e. with ought having to get out the screwdriver) would be to get a Wireless access point (http://www.mallnz.co.nz/sites/advantage/product_pages/main.asp?WCI=page&html=ntw2200.htm&custid=yStSmxOoCXKN4jj1N50Mdw%3D%3D) (About $420), which would plug directly into your existing network hub/switch.

Also; I would recommend getting the new 22Mbps cards/access points as the old 10Mbps ones are a bit slow.



15-11-2002, 06:44 PM
Just make sure that your network administrator is aware, as extra precautions are needed or anyone with a wireless enable PC can log into your network, from outside the building.

Its a growing sport, and you can expose all your data.

16-11-2002, 10:38 AM
One of the recent issues (I think maybe October's?) of New Zealand MIS magazine talks about the issues surrounding WLAN, the costs, security issues (major ones), and the lack of speed.

Why do you think you need a Wireless LAN? To get decent speed, you still need to be within 50 feet from the other computer; if you're going to be that close, why not just plug in the LAN cable, and get a higher speed.


16-11-2002, 10:50 AM
Try 80211 Planet (http://www.80211-planet.com/)