posted on Feb, 10 2003 @ 10:15 AM
The Linksys router will act as a firewall between your cable modem and computers. If you have one computer you can hard-wire into the Linsys, (your
PC) that's best (it has one hard-wire ethernet port) since it will then been more simple to set-up.
If you're using Microsoft Home Networking, and everything is on PC's, then you should be able to share whatever printer is connected to the
computer with the hard-wire connection to the router. It's pretty simple to set up. There would be no need for the router to have a print server
(which only works with network capable printers like laser printers... most inkjets are not network capable).
Your two laptops will need wireless network PCMCIA cards. Most are around $99 each and Linksys makes those as well. Check their site, they may have a
price bundle on router and PC cards for your laptops. Configuration is relatively easy, just follow the instructions that comes with the cards.
You'll need the Linsys router: www.linksys.com...
Two laptop cards: www.linksys.com...
Total price should be under $400.
I have a home network configured the same way, except two of our laptops are Macs... it works great. There are some security concerns, but after
you're set-up, U2U me and I'll help you understand what to do (I'm in an apartment building and my Mac can log onto 4 other wireless networks
within range... but no one can get into ours).