Hi, I need some help selecting products for making a wireless network. My setup currently is a WinXP desktop connected directly to a cable modem, a XP laptop currently used for work which I want to use for filesharing/internet connection at home (Intel centrino enabled), and I will be buying a Mac Powerbook laptop.
I want the desktop to continue being hardwired to the cable modem, and both laptops to connect wirelessly. The options I am considering:
a) buying a wireless router eg D-Link DI-524 Wireless 54Mbps Router. Cable modem would go into this, desktop hardwired to it and laptops connect wirelessly. My question is: my cable internet provider (optus austalia) requires my computer name to be set to an ISP provided name. Would I have to change the computer names of the laptops, because this isn't really possible for the work use one and when I buy the Mac would that cause issues for filesharing?
b) simply buying a PCI wireless adaptor for the PC eg D-Link DWL-G520802.11g Wireless 108Mbps PCI Adapter, and using Internet connection sharing to connect the laptops wirelessly with the desktop running constantly. My question with this setup is is this reliable... ie internet connection speed. The laptops need to connect through walls and up to 20m away in our house.
Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks a lot, Pete