Wired LAN into wireless

July 16, 2011 at 00:14:32
Specs: Windows XP
Hi everyone,

Right now, I have wired LAN connection which is connected to my desktop computer. The LAN connection is shared from my neighbor's house and I have access only to the cable, which is plugged to my desktop computer. I don't really understand it but in Internet settings, it reads:
Address type: Assigned by DHCP
IP Address:
Subnet mask:
Default Gateway:

As I'll be getting a laptop, I'd like to divide this connection into wired for the desktop (same as now) and wireless (wifi) for the laptop. Is it possible? If yes, what type of equipment will I need, and how to set it up? What would be the maximum range for the wireless connection? Finally, do I have to contact my neighbor to set this up (I don't want to mess up his connection). Please explain it to me in the simplest way, as I have no technical knowledge.
Thank you all in advance!

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July 16, 2011 at 05:44:07
It is certainly possible and there are a couple of ways of doing it.

Speak to your neighbour and find out if he already has a wireless router. If so you may be able to connect via that providing he is agreeable and you can get a decent connection from his router.

The other alternative is to buy a wireless router yourself. Pug the cable that you have at the moment into oner of the LAN socket and the router and another into your existing computer. You can then connect the laptop to the wireless router. You will need to configure the router according to the instructions and you will also need to disable DHCP on this router. Having two DHCP servers on the same network will cause problems.

If you intend to go down this route I would speak to your neighbour and let him know what you propose. He might not be all that happy with wireless access to his network or another computer using his bandwidth.


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