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December 26th, 2006, 21:04
I see you already got an answer but I have already typed it out.

1) No, unless you have the fastest DSL and a 11b router (unlikely). See standards below for speeds.
2) Make sure it uses the same standard as the router.

Name Max. Speed
IEEE802.11a (54 Mbps)
IEEE802.11b (11 Mbps)
IEEE802.11g (54 Mbps)
SuperG (108 Mbps)

IEEE802.11n (250 Mbps) This standard was approved early 2006 and is expected to give speeds up to 250 Mbps. I don't think these are out yet.

  • Use WEP (Encryption) or the better WPA (Encryption and Dynamic keys) if your gear supports it.
  • Use MAC filtering.
  • Create a SSID and turn off SSID Broadcasting in your router.
  • Use login/password if you don't mind the hassle.
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