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Old 12-26-2004, 06:30 PM   #1
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College wireless network needs?


Ok, looking to upgrade from dial-up to wireless at college and need to know what would work for me. I have a desktop and laptop, and would like to use the same connection for both (meaning only pay for one account). What would be the best setup in this situation?

I would think a router with PC card kit, so that I can use a basic ethernet card with linux and PC card with the laptop would be the best setup, but I'm not sure this would work. Would a wireless router connect to the wireless school network and communicate with the wireless PC card?

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Old 12-26-2004, 07:34 PM   #2
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Are you using the wireless network your college provides, or your own high-speed connection? If you are using the college's network, you will just need an adapter for every computer you wish to connect. If you are using your own connection, you will also need the wireless access point. Also, check the HCL and google around to see if your card works under Linux. Some cards have nasty reputations.
 
Old 12-26-2004, 08:27 PM   #3
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I'm using the college's wireless network, but you sign up on an account, I'd like to use this account for two computers.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 10:35 AM   #4
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the way we have done this for Cable internet is a router, and ethernet to both computers. How do you set this up for wireless WAN to LAN?
 
Old 12-27-2004, 02:53 PM   #5
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To set it up, you will need to buy a wireless card for each of your computers. Consult the HCL on this site to make your selection. You will probably purchase a PCMCIA card for notebooks, and a PCI card for desktops. You can also purchase a USB adapter for either. You then will need to use the information provided by your college to use their network. For example, you will need to know the ESSID of the network, and the WEP encryption key, etc.
 
Old 12-27-2004, 07:44 PM   #6
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Originally posted by subnet_rx
I'm using the college's wireless network, but you sign up on an account, I'd like to use this account for two computers.
Are you saying the college won't let you use one account with two computers? Check with your school's IT Help Desk, or whatever they have, and find out. I'd be extremely surprised if they only let you use the account with one computer. Mostly I'd be surprised if they could actually restrict it. I suppose they could bind a certain account with a certain MAC address, but I can't imagine why they would. My school lets all the students use the wireless connection on whatever computer they want, with a bandwidth restriction of 1000MB/week, and then they restrict the dorm room ethernet (T3) connections to only one connection per ethernet port, although that rule's ignored on occasion.
 
  


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