Originally Posted by Thunder_PC
Not pissed at all. Just hope I can be of help. That's what the forum is here for. This place isn't like a lot of forums where no0bs are flamed (at least I haven't seen much in this section). There are lots of very friendly, helpful people here.
As for the last question, there are some routers with the cable modem intgrated, but I don't know of any offhand that also have wireless integrated (but honestly haven't looked). Using two seperate boxes with most cable systems is pretty painless though. For the most part, it will be plug and play. If you don't mind being tied to the wire, you won't even need a seperate router though (assuming only one PC will be connected).
Actually, I think some of the providers in this area anyway, (SBC or Cox, one of them the 2-Wire I think is SBC) supply cable or dsl modems with integrated wireless, but they don't advertise it. So if the subscriber is a noob who doesn't know they've got it, it's possible they're sharing b/w for free without realizing it. There's also others who make it a career hobby to trawl for those free AP's.
As for bluetooth, I think it is more prominent in the Apple community. Are the Intel-based laptops going that route now?
One benefit of the bluetooth receiver in the Macs I read about is that if one person is hooked up, (by cable, I guess) they can act as a bluetooth AP for other Macs.....but basically in the same room, since it's very short broadcast.
So you're not going to have the range to snarf b/w, say if you lived in an apartment complex, with just bluetooth.