Can anyone tell me if I can use a router to set up a wireless network when I only have a dial-up internet connection available?
I have a desktop computer that seems not to have a wireless network card, so I guess I have to have that first. Then, do I use a Router or an Access Point? I have read many posts on the subject that are quite old so don't know what to use.
Any suggestions as to which models to use would be very helpful. I have no idea what I'm doing!
Then only way you can do this is to set up ICS (internet connection sharing) on the PC that is going to connect to the dail up and install a router or AP behind that from that PC's neywork card. Then the other PC's can connect to the router/AP then to the gateway (PC running ICS).
However, your connection speed would still be very slow. I would recomend just calling your local ISP and look into a broadband (DSL/Cable) connection and connect a router (wireless or wired) to the modem (DSL or Cable) your ISP gives you. That would save the head ache would would get configuring ICS. Here is a link to use as a reference on setting that up.
Thank you for the info. I do not have high speed internet service available to me as I live out in the country and AT&T doesn't think we matter! So, I'm stuck with slow dial-up or expensive satellite.
My purpose is not to have both computers online at the same time but to be able to use my laptop wirelessly. It is already set up with a wireless connection as I can use my printer, which is connected to my desktop PC, wirelessly without any other equipment required.
I am trying to figure out if using a router will provide the same connectivity as an Access Point when using dial-up. They seem to do the same thing for what I'm trying to accomplish. Is that right? Any benefits with one that the other doesn't offer?