Question about wireless networks?

i am currently using a CAT5 crossover cable as my simple network so i can transfer files between my home computer and my laptop and use the broadband, this works fine as long as i want to be right next to it.
My laptop has an intergrated wireless card in it, so, if i buy a wireless router can i make it so that i can use the broadband without having the desktop PC on but when it is i can transfer files.

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Yes you just needs a wireless router that supports your broadband connection (eg cable or ADSL).

The router takes care of logging on and shares the Internet with any connected PC. File sharing will work exactly the same as it does now but using the router as the connection between them.
col_jack_onealAuthor Commented:
will i need to buy a wireless card for the desktop or is there an option to use a CAT5 cable
A wireless router will also have at least one RJ45 connection for your CAT5, most have 4x RJ45 sockets for connecting up to 4 wired PCs as well as a number of wireless PCs.

The CAT5 cable you currently use will probably work with the router, the CAT5 you are currently using must be a cross-over type, however with a router you would normally use a straight through CAT5... but most modern routers will automatically correct the port if you use the wrong cable type, eg it doesn't matter if it is cross-over or straight through. Hope that makes sense :-)
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col_jack_onealAuthor Commented:
lastly is there any difference between a cable modem and ADSL as i cant find any that say for cable modems only ADSL
col_jack_onealAuthor Commented:
and should i delete my existing network before setting up a wireless one
Usually (but not always so be careful) if it says broadband it means it has an RJ45 port for connecting to a cable modem, if it says ADSL modem router then it is for direct connection to an ADSL line.

Cable routers are usually slightly cheaper than ADSL modem routers.
Yes get rid of Internet Connection Sharing ICS if you have it enabled on your desktop.

Make sure the Ethernet card on your desktop is set to obtain an IP address automatically.

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