March 31, 2006
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Before we get started with this week's topic on how a wireless network works, I just wanted to let you know that Robert M. of Texas, who submitted last week's question on his disappearing system tray icons, returned to tell us that his issue was solved with the help of our members! Yippee! It's always a great feeling when our members go the extra mile to return and share their great news! So thank you, Robert and all the members who participated. Now let's get started with Anne's wireless network thing-a-ma-jiggy question.
To some of you, setting up a wireless (Wi-Fi) network is like a walk in a park, but as we all should remember at one time or another, we too were once in Anne's shoes. So for those of you who are contemplating setting up a Wi-Fi network or are just curious to see what it's all about, this newsletter is dedicated to you. We received some incredibly well-written submissions this week, and to give you a glimpse as to what to expect in setting up a Wi-Fi network, I'll start you off with Dana's winning answer. There are plenty of good reading materials on this topic, so pull up a comfy chair and check out the honorable mentions and recommendations by our members. If you have any additional advice, tips, or tricks in regards to setting up a wireless network, please offer them up in this week's discussion. I'm always eager to learn more, and I'm sure many of our members are right there with me. Thank you, everyone, and have a great weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I've heard a lot lately about using wireless routers to
connect multiple computers at home. I want to connect my
son's computer with my two others so that we can share a
printer and Internet access. Can this be done? The three
computers run Windows XP Home Edition. Two have 512MB of RAM
and one has 256MB. We already have DSL hooked up to one
system. How does the wireless thingy work, and where do I
begin? How much can I expect to spend? Thanks.
Anne B. of Boulder, Colorado
Home wireless networks are a great way to connect multiple computers to each other to share Internet connections, printers, and files. In many cases you can install and set up a simple working wireless network in about 30 minutes. As soon as you add file and print sharing, you could be at it for an hour or two, and longer if you run into problems. Since you have all Windows XP computers, you should be in good shape to get this up and running without too many problems. I am also assuming...
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