Hi John, I have a DSL Modem and a Built in Wireless capabilities, and would like in a near future set up Home Wireless Internet, will my ISP charge me for using the features on the Wireless router; or can I setup the wireless internet, without having to worry about a monthly charge. Your prompt reply is appreciated. Thank You.
- Darlene, May 18, 2008 (name changed for privacy)
Hi Darlene, a wireless modem simply removes the wires between your computer and the modem. Many people confuse cell phone like wireless services with that of a wireless modem. They are not the same. Cell phone like wireless internet service is expensive, however, it is mobile and can be used nationwide.
Back to your wireless DSL modem. To network a home office or just a couple of computers, all you really need is Windows XP or Windows Vista. Windows XP and Windows Vista software can do most if not all that you need to do. Please read through these two articles I wrote for some insight: Wireless Internet Network and Wireless Internet Security
If you are a book worm, visit your local book store and pick up a book about Home Networks, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Networking, or Wireless Networking at Home. If you are reading anything that says you need to spend a lot of money on equipment and supplies, it’s the wrong book! Windows XP and Windows Vista can share your printer, share computer hard drives, folders, and more. You just need to find the page that lists the instructions.
Lastly, invest a little time and money into an internet security suite with both Antivirus and Firewall. The Firewall is just as important as the Antivirus these days. All of my computers use McAfee Security Center but other popular brands are just as good. Buying a 3 license pack can save you money if you have 3 computers for example.
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