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I currently have an RCA cable modem, with AT&T broadband internet service.  I would like to hook a wireless access point, and a switch/hub to this, so that I can use my xbox live with this modem, without running cable.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to how best to do this, as well as equipment reccomendations?
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by:FishMonger
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Generally speaking, setting up a wireless home network is fairly easy.  Connect your modem to the WAN port on the  wireless broadband router then install a wireless a NIC in each computer.  The router will/can act as a DHCP server to your computers which will make it easier because you won't need to manually configure the IP info for each computer.  Depending on how many computers you need to connect, you may or may not need to get a switch.  Most broadband routers have a built-in switch with at least 4 ports.  The question is whether or not you can get a wireless NIC for the xbox.  If you can't, then you'll need to run a cable from the xbox to the router or switch.
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by:it_lite
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thank you very much.  I am going to give you the points, since you answered my question, but I was wondering if you could recommed certain hardware, or if anything is ok...
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As long as you stay with one of the more common brands, i.e. Linksys, NetGear, or D-Link, you should be fine.  I don't recall the exact model numbers that you might want to use, but I'll be going to the store soon and I can check-out a few of them.
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by:it_lite
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thanks again, you have been very helpful.  I am looking at a D-Link DI-614 + for about $70.  Also, I am going to hard wire the Xbox, so no problems there.  I have a laptop, which already has a wireless card, but I am unsure of what to get for my PC.  Do I need to replace the existing NIC, because I see things like wireless USB...
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by:FishMonger
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Personally, I don't like using USB network devices, so I'd recommend using either a wired or wireless Ethernet NIC.
If you already have an Ethernet NIC in the desktop, then there is no reason to replace it, unless it's an older 10Mbps.

D-Link:
DWL-520+  or  DWL-G520  (wireless)
DFE-530TX+  or DFE-550TX  (wired)

NetGear:
MA311  (wireless)
FA311  (wired)

Linksys:
WMP1  or WDT11  (wireless)
LNE100TX  (wired)
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if I dont replace the NIC in the desktop, then I will need to run a cable to it correct?  To make it wireless do I need a new card, or is there an adapter?  BTW, how can I give you more points since you keep answering questions for me?
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by:FishMonger
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Yes, with a NIC you currently have in your desktop, you'll need to run a cable.  There isn't any adapter that will convert it to wireless.

I'm glad that you're pleased with the help that I've given you and if you wish to increase the points, I'd appreciate it.  I'm not sure what the best method is to do it, but here's an example of what others have done.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20567487.html
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by:FishMonger
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> There isn't any adapter that will convert it to wireless.

It should be obvious but I thought I'd clarify.  The only way to convert it is to replace the current NIC with a wireless NIC.
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yeah, i figured that.  Thanks again though, you are the man.
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