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Solved laptop direct connect vs wireless

December 29, 2012 at 09:46:11
Specs: Windows 7, i7-3630QM/8gb-1600

I'm purchasing a laptop, and while I did have a wireless internal modem installed, I wonder if there is a way to connect it directly to my cable modem, rather than via wireless. It's for gaming, and I might use it with my 24" monitor (gtx 680M, so no problems there.) as a desktop replacement.

Thanks for any help.


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December 29, 2012 at 14:05:50

Are you buying a clone laptop or is it one of the major brands? You can connect any laptop directly to a cable modem, using a cat 5 cable, as long as there is a wired network card in the laptop which they all have. They all have a wireless network card as well. If you want to use wireless, you need a router. I'm not a gamer but I'm sure wired connections are better for online gaming.

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#1
December 29, 2012 at 12:56:39

What is a wireless internal modem? Do you have a make a model number for all the devices you have?

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#2
December 29, 2012 at 13:09:41

I haven't actually bought the laptop yet, though I'm in the process of purchasing it now. Here's the wi-fi I picked. I'll wait to pull the trigger until you tell me I might need something else. No hurry at all.

802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo


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#3
December 29, 2012 at 13:12:48

Here is the complete set up if it will help: ( I can still alter the component selections.)

1 x Case ( Valkyrie CZ-17 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, E-SATA, USB 3.0, Illuminated Keyboard, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic black )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.4GHz/6MB L3 Cache) )
1 x Memory ( 8GB [8GB x 1] 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] - G.SKILL )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 4GB GDDR5 Video w/ NVIDIA Optimus [CZ-17] )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 750 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive )
0 x Data Hard Drive ( None )
1 x Optical Drive ( 6X Blu-Ray-R/8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 24x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [CZ-17] )
1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( Built-in 4-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop] )
1 x Sound Card ( HD Audio with THX TrueStudio Pro )
1 x Network Card ( Killer E2200 Gaming Networking )
1 x Internal Wireless Network Adapter ( 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo [CZ-17] )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
1 x Wireless Network Adapter ( ASUS USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 300Mbps Wireless USB Adapter )
1 x USB Ports ( Built-in 2x USB 2.0 Ports + 3x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop] )
1 x Extras ( Laptop Stand - Golf Ball Style )
0 x Carrying Case ( None )
1 x Video Camera ( Built-in 3.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera )


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#4
December 29, 2012 at 14:05:50
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Are you buying a clone laptop or is it one of the major brands? You can connect any laptop directly to a cable modem, using a cat 5 cable, as long as there is a wired network card in the laptop which they all have. They all have a wireless network card as well. If you want to use wireless, you need a router. I'm not a gamer but I'm sure wired connections are better for online gaming.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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December 29, 2012 at 14:36:45

I don't know what a "clone" is, but I picked the parts, and just purchased the laptop from IBuyPower. That's great news, because it has a gaming network card. looks like I better learn a bit more about network cards. hehe

Thank you, guapo for your help.


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#6
December 29, 2012 at 15:06:35

Hey, mebbe you can answer this; Since the card I'm putting in my desktop is a gtx 680 4gb, and the laptop has the same card, do they sell 6 ft. SLI connectors to join them up? hehehe. J/k!

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#7
December 29, 2012 at 16:36:58

I don't know of any way to join them, to improve performance, if that's what you meant.

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#8
December 29, 2012 at 22:45:06

I'm sorry. I was being facetious. though it would be one cooling method, separating the cards by feet instead of mm.

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#9
December 30, 2012 at 09:14:03

I suspect your laptop will also have a network port available so yes you could plug it in directly for gaming. I would recommend using a SOHO router between your internet and your LAN. Then you could plug both your PC and your laptop in at the same time and not have to mess around with plugs all the time if/when you want to change machines.

Guapo is 100% correct. Wired is always better for gaming. I know, not only am I professional in networking (and computing in general) but I've also been gaming so long I started on pinball machines because video games (and personal computers) hadn't been invented yet.

Just FYI, a laptop will never be as good for gaming as a PC. If I were you, I'd build a gaming PC and if you have to have a laptop (ie: mobile computing) just buy the basics to fill those needs.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

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#10
December 30, 2012 at 19:29:28

Curt R, I appreciate your suggestion, and I agree, which is why this is my computer's components, and thus the joke, somehow missed by two responders so far, that I'd somehow SLI the 2 gtx 680s via a 6ft. cabling ( Obviously not feasible for me, when I can't even figure out if I can plug a laptop to the cable modem directly :)

i7-2600k @4.2ghz/EVGA gtx 680 ftw 4gb/8gb-1600 ram/Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 Mobo/Corsair 1050hx PSU/256gb Samsung SATA3 SSD Main HD/WD 1tb SATA3 7200rpm


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