See, no wires – sort of

Just finished setting up my own wireless network at home. Guess the recent upgrade has only wet my appetite for more gadgets!?

Well, after my previous system was unceremoniously put to rest, I had constructed a brand new system with many of the older parts either dysfunctional (the burnt up USB 2.0 card) or obsolete (my 768MB PC133 SDRAM :-(). The current system uses a better and cooler-looking case, a quieter power supply and of course a new board plus CPU. After this, the itchy fingers could not stop, I ended up trying my hand in the wireless world. Consider this my belated Christmas present to myself! 🙂

The new system uses a P4 2.66Ghz on a Gigabyte motherboard which, though not sporting the latest i865 chipset (uses i845PE instead) that supports 800MHz FSB CPUs, has integrated tonnes of goodies. The ones I am particularly happy about are: 6 USB slots, 2 firewire slots, the onboard 5.1 channel sound and IDE RAID. Additionally, there are 2 SATA channels, although off my head, can’t really think when I will make use of it.

As of tonight, I have wireless connection to the internet at large… sort of. Due to cost considerations. I decided to get an ADSL modem and wireless router separately. As a reference, modem + router + wireless adapter is comparable and in many cases cheaper than an integrated modem+router solution. This means there is still a mess of wires, but something that can be hidden away.

For the technically inclined, my 802.11b network consists of an Aztech DSL305E ADSL ethernet bridge modem, the Netgear MR814 cable/dsl wireless router (with 4-port 10/100 Mbps switch) and the Netgear MA101 wireless adapter for my desktop.

The new ethernet modem.
The wireless router that I am using.
The USB wireless adapter which connects my desktop to the wireless network.

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