[Home Networking] Add wireless notebook to wired PC setup
(I have almost no experience with networks or with wireless computers (notebooks, etc.).)
My question will be how to add a wireless notebook/netbook to my existing wired home system.
First, my existing, wired system is this:
I have this router/modem, connected to the DSL line:
ZyXEL router/modem (P-660R Compact Series ADSL 2+ Router)
A switch is attached to this router/modem. (An Ethernet cable connects the Ethernet port of the modem to the Uplink port on the switch, which is a 5-Port Workgroup Switch, 10/100, Linksys.)
Two desktop PCs are then connected to the switch. (Using two Ethernet cables, one PC is connected to Port 1 of the switch and the second PC is connected to Port 2 of the switch.)
Thus, I have two wired PCs connected to the Internet in this manner, and I wish to keep them connected that way.
How can I add wireless capability to this setup? What's the easiest way that would NOT depend upon either of the two existing PCs (they are both old or getting old--2005 and 2009--and I want the flexibility of doing whatever with them in the future without affecting any notebooks/netbooks I'm using)?
(Put simply, I'd like to be able to use one or even two notebooks/netbooks in other rooms of the house.)
My current setup is a 4 port Actiontec GT724R router/modem with 2 wired boxen, and a Linksys E1200 wireless router (running 3+ devices) set up as an access point following these great instructions:
»Wireless Networking Forum FAQ »Using a Wireless Router as an Access Point
Works great for me, and was relatively easy to do.
Thanks for your reply, rewron. But I think that's already 'above' my understanding; if it's all I have, though, I will try to decipher it! I'm sure this must be a common project among Earthlink-ers.