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elephanto | 00:10 Sun 25th May 2008 | Technology
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I would like to use my laptop in my summerhouse and have heard that you can use wireless connection. I am at present on broadband connected to the telephone line. What do I need to do to get the internet outside?

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A wireless router and a wifi enabled laptop. If your laptop is not wireless enabled, you can buy a wireless adapter cheaply
a wireless router (abot 40-50quid, netgear or liynksys are about the best) and if it's not already built in a wireless adapter for your laptop.

There are also range considerations, how far is the summerhouse from the nearest phone point where you could connect the wireless router?
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Thank you Ethel. My laptop has 802 1 lb/g wireless LAN so I think this is ok. What re-router would be best
It's up to you - I like Linksys or Netgear.

Who is your ISP? They may provide you with one.
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Hello Ethel
Virgin is my ISP.
Now we need to know if you have Virgin cable broadband, or Virgin down your old bt line. :)

However, I have been using Linksys WRT54G with my Virgin Cable broadband for 4 years without a problem - just make sure you buy the right sort - some are for cable and some are not.
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Hello Ethel
Virgin down BT line is what my broadband is with modem.
I'm not suggesting you buy from here - but it gives you an idea of what is available:

http://tinyurl.com/6zkmd9
I personally have found the NETGEAR DG834GUK to be a good wireless router, I believe Ethel uses Lynksys, I have setup a few of them and I would have no problem recommending them either.
Any ADSL router :)

If I were buying today I would buy one with a printer port - plug the printer in and it is easy to print wirelessly
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