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    wireless networking newbie

    alright, i think i might be looking into setting up a wireless network from my home puter to my car puter. who out there has done this and what did they use?

    is there a preferred setup or system that most people use?

    i know there are wireless cards from diamond, and a couple other modem companies, are they sufficient for file transfer?

    what about aircards?

    ive got a lot of questions, so if anyone could post a general overview of wireless networking, i would be very happy.

    thanks all...

    ~mike

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    you may want to go to practicallynetworked.com and check out the wireless guide.

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    Make sure you buy 802.11 wireless stuff. You can get rates up to 11Mb per second. The RF wireless stuff is 1 or 2 Mb per sec. I like the Linksys wireless gear. It is cheap and it has ok range.
    I have an access point downstairs and a USB wireless card in the truck. I have good signal about 75 feet away. Your results may vary.
    Let me know if you have more questions.

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    I just bought the Linksys wireless cable modem/dsl router with 4 port switch from www.Amazon.com for $149.99 shipped. It should be here next week.
    I am going to use it hardwired until I get my carputer setup in my car then I will see which card to get to see if it can reach the garage. Then I wanna get a card for my laptop too.
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    I got a pair of Linksys 802.11 USB adapters a while back. Running in Ad-Hoc mode, you don't need a hub. Saves a few bucks.
    My only problem is that I have to run down to the garage to turn the computer on and off...
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    ive seen articles where people get antennas for the hubs... you can get bidirectional, omidirectional etc...they add like +12dB to the signal... the article i saw was a neighborhood that LAN'd themselves together...pretty cool... pool your internel bill and get a t1

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    I have 2 Cisco wireless AIR 350's running in Ad-hoc mode (no need for an access point). they seem to work ok but you will need to make a decent antenna for your fixed unit........ I get around 400Metres with an omni-directional antenna (made from a dog food can).

    I leave the laptop switched on all the time and when I get within range the mp3 folder syncs with the in car machine. works well with no user input.

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    I use a Belkin access point and a D-Link DWL-650 in my laptop. I do not yet have the car set up wirelessly, but will be doing so eventually. There's not really a lot more to setting up wireless than there is using wires. Just make up a good SSID and turn on encryption if you're really paranoid.

    Personally, I'd reccommend an access point (Infrastructure) if you have an existing network instead of peer-peer (Ad-hoc). Just makes everything run much smoother.
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    twinII....

    are those similar to the sprint aircard 510's. i have the opportunity to pick up a couple of aircards, but im not sure if i will be able to put one in the car and one in my home puter, and have the kind of connectivity i want. will this give me a terminal-to-terminal connection without having to activate the dial-up feature. since im not looking to do mobile internet, all i want is to be able to pull into my garage/driveway and sync with my home computer and DL files that i have not yet transfered to the car computer.

    since i havent had a chance to really do any investigating, (probably this weekend) im kinda unsure about what i can really do. but thanks for the help so far...

    ~mike

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    Access point is definitely the way to go, but it sounds like you would be better of with the "rf" type devices mentioned earlier in the thread.

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