we have an old Pentium 75 Gateway desktop set up with Linux to act as a firewall and router for our home network. we have a pentium III 635 mhz HP laptop that my wife now uses primarily and we have my new Sager NP5660C. Right now its a big mess of wires but we need to be able to share the DSL. What I would like to do is get a wireless router and put the Linux box somewhere out of the way not in the office where we work. The Linux box is noisy and pumps out extra heat we wont want in the summer. I could get away with a wireless access point, but a router is not that much more expensive and if I ever abandon the Linux box, the router will then come in handy. I also need to get wireless pcmcia cards (assuming that is the best way to go) for both the old HP laptop and my new Sager. When I bought my DLink hub way back when, it came in a nifty package with 4 sets of ethernet cables and 4 ethernet cards for much less than it would have cost to buy the same stuff a la carte. So I am thinking there may be good package deals out there like that for a router plus pcmcia cards. Anyway, hope I used all the correct terminology and this all makes sense. if you have any opinions on whether I should get an access point or a router, which router deal out there looks the best, and whether the pcmcia cards make sense, please let me know and thanks.
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12/12/02 at 4:52pm