Hardware Options

Make sure the router you buy supports the latest version of Wi-Fi, known as 802.11g. A basic router costs between $60 and $90; if your home is particularly large or has a lot of natural interference, consider upgrading to a "long-range" router, which bounces radio waves in all directions to find the best possible path through your house. Most new laptops have Wi-Fi capability built in, but older laptops, most desktops, and video-game consoles need adapters, which typically run $60 or less.

Where To Find It:

Wireless router manufacturers:
Netgear Inc.
Santa Clara, CA
408-907-8000
www.netgear.com

D-Link
Fountain Valley, CA
800-326-1688
www.dlink.com

Apple Macintosh, Apple Store
800-692-7753
store.apple.com

Belkin Corp.
Compton, CA
877-523-5546
www.belkin.com

Linksys
Irvine, CA
800-546-5797
www.linksys.com
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