Security wise wireless networking is about as safe as leaving your hub/switch out in the street where anyone can walk up to it and plug into your network. There are ways to alleviate this somewhat like restricting access to your access point by MAC address or by using WEP (wired equivalent privacy) encryption, but these have been proven to be less than reliable and if someone is determined enough they can always find ways around it. It should provide a bare minimum of security to prevent people from attaching to your network or casually snooping for traffic, but wireless is at the moment quite insecure.|
If you *really* want the freedom of wi-fi then all you need is a router/access point like this one, plug your modem into it plus your desktop PC and configure the wireless options (and security) in the access point so that your laptop's wireless card can attach to your network. That's pretty much it in a nutshell. Setting up a wireless network isn't especially difficult, you just have to pay attention to the security aspect.
#391901, By salamando beginners help with wifi please
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