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Solved Can I add a router to an existing ethernet to get wi-fi


blockie

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I presently have a ethernet system to my computer. Getting a laptop that has a wireless adapter. Can I just add a wireless router to the ethernet instead of my new laptop?
 

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System One

  • OS
    w8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G710
    CPU
    Intel i5-420MCPU @ 2.6GHz 2.59 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    6 MB
    Browser
    Chrome / FireFox
    Antivirus
    Defender

broe23

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You do not need a router as long as you currently have one. If you only have a modem, you need an Access Point for adding Wifi to your network.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

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blockie

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I'm not sure what my son has. He presently surfs the internet using his clone computer with WXP. I remotely looked at his adapters and he has only one and it is not wireless. His ISP is ATT.
I am getting him a laptop for Christmas and he will need a way to continue surfing the internet and watching movies.
My question is can he use the existing cable that he currently gets his internet from. Disconnect that cable from his current computer and connect it to a wireless router. What will he have wirelessly? Will he be able to surf the internet and watch movies with his new laptop, wirelessly? And I don't understand access point ( isn't that the router). And isn't a modem already installed if he can access the internet?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    w8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G710
    CPU
    Intel i5-420MCPU @ 2.6GHz 2.59 GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    6 MB
    Browser
    Chrome / FireFox
    Antivirus
    Defender

broe23

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Then he has a Gateway most likely. Because you just answered your own question, by stating he has a wireless router. Just need the SsID & Passphrase, which are printed on the label of his Gateway. If he has changed the Passphrase & SSID from what ATT sets on the Gateway. You would need to get that info from him.

If it is low signal quality around the house. He just needs an Access Point, that uses modules that plug into electrical outlets, to allow extending the signal around the house.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    CPU
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Mouse
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.