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Chapter 7. Hardware Annoyances > GO WIRELESS WITH A WALL SOCKET

GO WIRELESS WITH A WALL SOCKET

The Annoyance:

Wireless is appealing. I'd like to use my notebook in the living room and have access to my desktop down the hall-and use its connection to the Internet. But the thought of spending tons of money and time on routers and cards and WiFi is unappealing. Isn't there an easier way?

The Fix:

In less than 20 minutes, you can make the connection via-are you ready for this?-an ordinary wall socket. All you need is Belkin's PowerLine USB Adapter (about $100; http://www.belkin.com). Connect the notebook to the PowerLine adapter with a USB cable, and then plug the adapter into any electrical wall socket. Down the hall, connect the Belkin PowerLine Ethernet Adapter ($100) to your desktop computer and plug the adapter into a wall socket, too (See Figure 7-10). Once the drivers are installed, you'll be able to share the files and peripherals of each computer, including Internet access. PowerLine networking even works with versions of Windows as far back as 98SE. The company claims transfer speeds up to 14Mbps, and the gizmo uses 56-bit DES data encryption, so you needn't worry about a neighbor with a long extension cord viewing your files.


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