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1 port or 4 port wireless router

mikes2

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Hi folks,

I'm a newbie so please go easy.

My parents want to sign up for wireless broadband and guess who's drawn the short straw. They have a desktop and a laptop.

Is a 1 port wireless router suitable or do I need a 4 port ?

Any help gratefully received ?

Thanks,
Mike
 

Seth

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Welcome to Free PC Help Mike.

The ports just refer to the number of computers that can connect by wire to the router. 4 ports shouldn't cost much more than a one port, so I'd go with the four.
 

mikes2

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Thanks for the help.

reason for asking is, they're on a strict budget and I can get the 1 port for free.
 

Seth

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You're welcome.

If you don't need a wired connection to the router, or just one wired connection, then go for the free one port:)
 
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I'm assuming the one port router doesn't have 802.11b/g. If it does you're fine because you can buy a wi-fi card for the laptop. [If not you might find your net use a bit restricted (I assume that it'll mostly be plugged in to your folks computer). Of course if they only use the desktop occassionally you'd be OK to have the port most of the time - that's how my brother has it arranged at home.