said by timmah88 :
Hi, I'm not very good with computers and need some help. I currently have Shaw internet and would like to get wireless internet on two laptops that we have. The equipment that we currently have is an old blue motorola cable modem and an old d-link router that we bought about 10 years ago. What are my options here, do I need to get new equipment? I've read that using the new Shaw modem(with built in router) is slow and that having a separate router is best. Thank you.
Hi, timmah88. Shaw will have specific recommendations as to how they wish you to upgrade. Contact them, explain the situation and see what they recommend.
Note: You want to pick the brains of a Shaw representative - but you do NOT want to blindly follow their advice. Bring their recommendations here for further discussion before you implement anything.
There are several options for you:
1. Upgrade the modem to something newer - but it is still just a cable modem. Thus, you will also have to purchase your own new router - and configure that to work with Shaw and your laptops.
2. Upgrade to a combination modem/router/wireless-access-point. Once you get Shaw's recommendation as to which device they are suggesting for you - come back here and ask for info on that device. There are different recommendations for configurations - and these vary according to which modem/router/WAP Shaw offers you.
3. Yes, you may wish to end up simply keeping your existing cable modem and purchasing a new router. That will be one of the options which gets discussed - once we know Shaw's specific recommendations for your needs.
There are performance considerations that change the recommended hardware according to what connection speed your laptops support - and also according to your usage patterns. Thusly, please let us know the make, model and specifics of the wireless capabilities in your laptops. This information also changes router recommendations in some circumstances.
Hope this helps.