BEFSR41 Ver 3 going wireless

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by lschwartz, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. lschwartz

    lschwartz Guest

    I have a BEFSR41 Version 3 router, and would like to set up a wireless network. I contacted Linksys via chat and was told by them that the best / most cost effective way to do this was to purchase a WAP54G access point, to connect to a numbered port on my router. They told me that this would still allow wired network connectivity using existing wires, as well as the wireless network to be used by multiple computers in the rest of my home. They told me that they could chat me through setting up security for the wireless network.

    I am completely new to wireless networks, but as I was price shopping for the WAP54G, I ran across information for the WRT54G wireless router, which is about the same price or a bit cheaper than adding the WAP54G to my existing router. So, first I was wondering about purchasing the WAP54G and using that instead of my existing BEFSR41 router... Then, while searching this web site, I see that some actually use the wireless router with the wired router, so I am now pretty confused as to the best way to go, and how to set this up.

    What I am trying to do is keep a wired network to two points, as well as allow the rest of my home to go wireless in order to use multiple laptops, possibly simultaneously, as well as to be able to print off of the laptops directly if possible, and set up security on the network.

    Starting with the BEFSR41 Version 3 router, what is the best recommendation for accomplishing this, that has the best functionality for the network connections, as well as security to protect the network?

    Also, one laptop needs to wireless card to access the network; I was told by the manufacturer of the laptop that any pc card would work, so since I have a Linksys router and will be upgrading using Linksys equipment (whatever that might be) I was thinking of purchasing the Linksys WPC54G card. Is this the best card to use for this option, or are there advantages to the extended range or speed boost card options.

    Thanks for your assistance!
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