How far is the distance and what are the walls made of? Juding by the large number of my neighbours' Wi-fi networks that I can detect on my computer, I'd say that the signal goes a lot farther than you think! :-) An 802.11g connection should pretty much work for most situations. But tell us a bit more about your specifics....
Also, as an option to wireless, there are adapters that allow you to run your internet connection into any electrical point in your house - and access it in other rooms through the house, from the electical points there. That could be something worth looking into....
Ohmigod, so much info already! As I'm just dipping my toe in the water I'd not heard of an 802.11g connection, what does that mean in very very lay terms? Walls are a mix of brick and solid concrete and my 'work' (ie mucking about) area is c.10 metres (as the mice run) from where I'd like to put the 'transmitter'.
Thank you Osamede.
802.11g is the faster flavour of Wi-Fi that is now pretty much standard, but you'll want to check that both the wireless transmitter that you plug into your internet connection (an ADSL/cable line?) and the wireless card in your computer talk to each other properly. If the card in your computer is a little older it may be 802.11b which is slower, but a newer wireless transmitter will be able to talk at both speeds. If you're fortunate enough to have a Mac, this is the chap to go for, I would have thought:
I've found a little book 'Wi Fi for Dummies' which I'll read through, that and the info you boys have given me is going to hopefully get me started. This thread may of course re-appear when I buy and attempt to install!
I recently invested in a Netgear router. They are supposed to be the bee's knobbly knees.
However, I can't work it yet as I need an Airport card for my Mac (G4 desktop tower). Anyone know where
I can pick one up other than ebay where they seem to go for £100 upwards. Or, I keep hearing about
Wifi dongles. Is it possible to use one on a desktop? Any recommendations/ advice?
ps Why is all this broadband wireless business so complex??!!!!