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Old 02-23-2005, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased a wireless router thinking I needed it for my wireless card for my desktop I purchased the same day. I installed the wireless card without using the wireless router. So now my question is, if my card can find the high speed internet from my cable modem, what is the point of the wireless router?

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If you dont have a router hooked up to your modem, then you are probably stealing someone elses bandwidth in your neighborhood that also has a wireless network

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Old 02-23-2005, 04:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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_IF_ your card can find the high speed internet, probably nothing with your current configuration. Thats IF your cable modem supports 802.11a/b/g wireless.

If you add another computer you might need the router if your isp won't give you 2(or more) ip addresses, or they want to charge extra.

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If you dont have a router hooked up to your modem, then you are probably stealing someone elses bandwidth in your neighborhood that also has a wireless network
Good point thats probably what hes doing
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if my card can find the high speed internet from my cable modem, what is the point of the wireless router?
most likely your cable modem has wireless capability. does your modem have an antennae sticking out of it? could you list the model and make of your modem?
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Most likely he's commiting a crime and stealing wireless without ever knowing it :P
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Old 02-23-2005, 08:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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it is a very good possiblity that you have a wireless modem. they make those. j/k, the most logical deduction would be that you are sapping ethernet off someone else.
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hahaha, this is good. hahaha.
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The modem could be directly connected to his PC via ethernet or USB that is providing the service. Just trying to throw all options out on the table besides theft..lol.
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Gives a wireless internet connection..
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Old 02-25-2005, 04:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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you guys are too quick to blame this guy for theft. I still maintain that there are such things as Wireless Cable Modem Gateways which in essence combine wireless G routers (or B) with a modem. this is one such product:

http://broadband.motorola.com/consum...oducts/sbg900/

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