Wireless Access Point w/ Ethernet

June 16, 2009 at 14:08:46
Specs: Windows XP and Vista
Novice here.

I have Hughes Net Satellite with HN9000 modem. They suggest not using router. They suggest either Hub or Wireless Access Point. Problem is my old desktop isn't wireless capable. I just ordered a new laptop with wireless capability. Not sure what I need that will connect to my modem, wired desktop and wireless laptop.

I asked DELL and all they wanted to do was sell me something now rather than answer my questions. I would really appreciate any help you can provide.

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June 16, 2009 at 16:24:01
You need to call Hughes and ask them if you get two ip addresses from them.

If so you can use a wireless router as a hub and access point by not connecting its wan port to the modem but to a lan port [you will need a crossover cable you can pick up at any electronics store]

If they only provide one ip address you have two options. Setup as above but you can never have the two on at the same time...
or connect the modem to the wan port and use as a regular router. Their provided ip goes on the wan port and you have your own lan ips via the router.

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