On Thu, 19 Jun 2008 19:50:06 -0400, "Les"
>Currently have a Linksys router WRK54G that I bought 3 yrs ago. I have
>created a home network, consisting of 2 different wireless laptops and a
>wireless printer. I have an internet cable modem connected to the router
>and the network works just fine.
>In the future, my large community will have wireless internet connectivity,
>so I will no longer need the internet cable service, which I will cancel.
>The company that manages the community wireless internet connnectivity will
>get each computers MAC address so each can access their network to get on
>My objective is to have each computer able to print to the wireless printer,
>as well on get on the internet. I have been told I will need to purchase a
>wireless router, to take the place of my current router. Is this true? If
>so, why is that necessary?
Why would you want to abandon your cable modem internet for a wireless
equivalent? Has the pitch line included any alleged benefits? I
assure you that speed and reliability of wireless will be much less.
If you're going for the wireless solution, you have two choices. You
can buy a new wired router, since the WAN port of your unspecified
model cable router is probably inaccessible and therefore cannot be
used. In addition to the new router, you also might need a new
"wireless client ethernet bridge" which may or may not be supplied by
the wireless ISP.
The other option is to connect directly to the wireless network using
the two laptops and wireless printer. If the ISP has client isolation
enabled (highly likely), you will NOT be able to transfer files
between laptops and printers.
Methinks you had better talk to the wireless ISP to see what they
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