upgrading to new wifi router-uninstall anything ?


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Currently I have a home wifi network using the Linksys BEFW11S4 wifi router
with a separate ADLS (broadband) modem Sagem. It is a "B" band Wifi system,
so low speed. I works perfectly with 2 computers by ethernet, one laptop by
WIFi en one PDA with Wifi.
Yet I want to upgrade this system to an new Sagem all inclusive G router
(Wanadoo Livebox) which allows for higher speed at G band level, and more
than just internetting, it also allows distributed TV channels and a host of
other things.
So I now have bought this Livebox and want to upgrade.
My question is : do I have to uninstall anything before I install the new
Wifi router-modem? Or can I run de installation CD that came with the
Livebox, and it will take take care of previous setting to be adjusted to the
new router ?Or do I mess up WIN XP SP2 believing the old router still hangs
in there ?
 
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Ron Martell

pcramwinckel said:
Currently I have a home wifi network using the Linksys BEFW11S4 wifi router
with a separate ADLS (broadband) modem Sagem. It is a "B" band Wifi system,
so low speed. I works perfectly with 2 computers by ethernet, one laptop by
WIFi en one PDA with Wifi.
Yet I want to upgrade this system to an new Sagem all inclusive G router
(Wanadoo Livebox) which allows for higher speed at G band level, and more
than just internetting, it also allows distributed TV channels and a host of
other things.
So I now have bought this Livebox and want to upgrade.
My question is : do I have to uninstall anything before I install the new
Wifi router-modem? Or can I run de installation CD that came with the
Livebox, and it will take take care of previous setting to be adjusted to the
new router ?Or do I mess up WIN XP SP2 believing the old router still hangs
in there ?

You should just be able to unplug the old router and connect up the
new one in its place.

Then you will have to reconfigure the two computers to connect to the
new wireless network, as they will still be looking for the old
router. The software for their wireless network adapters should allow
you to do this.

You would then have to install any specialized software for the
enhanced features in your new router.

Good luck

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
 
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Lem

Ron said:
You should just be able to unplug the old router and connect up the
new one in its place.

Then you will have to reconfigure the two computers to connect to the
new wireless network, as they will still be looking for the old
router. The software for their wireless network adapters should allow
you to do this.

You would then have to install any specialized software for the
enhanced features in your new router.

Good luck

Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada

And, of course, you will have to make sure that the hardware in your laptop, PDA,
and any other device that you want to connect via WiFi is 802.11g capable. If the
laptop currently has only a 802.11b capability, you can buy a PCMCIA adapter card,
such as the Linksys WPC54g or a USB wireless-G adapter, like the Linksys
WUSB54G. If your PDA has only -B capability, I don't know what, if any, your
options are.
 
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Pieter Cramwinckel

Thanks to Ron and Lem for their help. Question : the PDA is a B only, can
not be upgraded. When I connect with the PDA will the whole wifi system for
all connected users slow down to B speed , and will it restore to G speed
when the PDA disconnnects ?--

pcramwinckel
 
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Lem

Pieter said:
Thanks to Ron and Lem for their help. Question : the PDA is a B only, can
not be upgraded. When I connect with the PDA will the whole wifi system for
all connected users slow down to B speed , and will it restore to G speed
when the PDA disconnnects ?--

pcramwinckel

The answer probably is -- it depends. Linksys routers, for example, can be set
to "mixed mode" (b & g) or g-only. Early model Linksys g routers slow down if
there is a b device on the net; I don't know if that's still the case. It seems
to me that this effect was minimized to some extent by firmware upgrades. And
in any event, it may be different for your hardware. Try asking in a Livebox
forum, such as http://tinyurl.com/becxg
 

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