02-03-2009 10:40 AM
02-03-2009 11:15 AM
The majority of wireless routers come with 3-5 ports for connecting your desktop as a wired connection. I really like the Linksys WRT300N wireless router.
02-03-2009 02:52 PM
It's almost unheard of to get a wireless router that doesn't have wireless ports.
If your desktop is wired, I strongly reccommend keeping it that way. Wired will always be faster and more reliable than wireless. Even 100Base-T (100 megabit Fast Ethernet) wired connections will usually be faster than Wireless-N in real-world usage. (The reason is because wired Ethernet actually allows for 100 megabits each way simultaneously per machine on the network if connected to a switch, while wireless shares 300 megabits between all machines on the network for both directions, including "dead time" required between the last time a device received something and when it may transmit.) Nowadays nearly all new PCs and most routers have gigabit Ethernet support.
Also, unless transferring data between computers on a network, anything faster than 54 Mbps 802.11g (aka Wireless-G) is of no benefit, as most internet service providers limit users to 5-15 Mbps at most.