[bct] Re: PC shopping`

  • From: Scott Howell <s.howell@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 19:00:03 -0500

I'll chime in here with my two cents worth again. First there's little point in wireless networking unless you and the router are a fair bit away or even on the next floor. Of course if you got that already in your desktop, then great, use it. I highly recommend at the absolute very least setting up any wireless environment with mac address filtering. If your a freak like me, I use mac address filtering and WPA preshared keys and it works great. Windows is by far more annoying to configure with WPA than my Macs, but its not impossible. If your going to get a router, I again highly recommend a Linksys WRT54G as they are very stable and I've had several Linksys routers and been quite pleased and the interface is quite friendly.
Oh yeah and if you really get wild you can run Openwrt a open source Linux-based firmware on the router. Ah and yes the Linksys are Linux- based out of the box.
Now as far as keyboard, there's no point in having a wireless keyboard or mouse as far as I'm concerned unless you like to take it some distance from the machine. The newer keyboards especially bluetooth modles seem to have a good battery life, but it just seems pointless if your only a few feet away. I have one hell of a snake- pit under my table here, but its neat and nobody or dog get tangled in it.
Speakers, well if your going to listen to music etc. get a nice set of speakers, don't just pick something based on price. Go listen to several brands and modles. You can get some nice setups for a reasonable price and believe me I've heard some expensive setups that sounded like crap to me and the price was more the name and the quality.
I will say having a separate keyboard for a laptop is not a bad plan. I haven't found many laptops with great keyboard and the smaller the laptop, the smaller the keyboard.
Hope that helps some.


On Jan 27, 2006, at 4:42 PM, beth wrote:

Okay, question: Which seems most sensible--to have a desktop with wireless
keyboard, speakers and mike or go with a laptop with home networking? Of
course, personal preference plays a big part here and there is no right or
wrong answer. How do wireless peripherals do re reliability and battery
life? I understand that hacking of wireless stuff is almost impossible--you
really have to go through basketball arenas of hoops to do it--so that is of
no major concern. How about ease of use and security with home networking?
Is virus protection automatically done with home networks or do you still
have to configure that online--which I hate, as accessibility of such sites
is pretty bad, in my view. Beth

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