helen-louise (baratron) wrote,

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n00bs must be destroyed

If a creature calling itself Xynar shows up on your web forum, run away screaming. Here follows a topic from Pokecharms that stellarwind yanked due to sheer idiocy of the original poster. I am keeping it for posterity purely and simply because I took 10 minutes of my life to explain networking to him.

Is Wi-Fi worth getting it? Also, can somebody plz explain LAN for me? « on: November 23, 2007, 11:54:39 pm » by n00b

Well, this is my first thing ever on here. My question to you is Wi-Fi worth getting? My brother is like, it will mess up everything, so what about a laptop? Am I able to put it on a laptop? Ok, next item is LAN connection for the Wii. I have been training an awesome team for Battle Revolution and i just noticed that I need a LAN connector.(If that is what it is called) So.....like, do I need to buy that, and hook it up where? So.....yeah....can you plz explain for me?

Re: Is Wi-Fi worth getting it? Also, can somebody plz explain LAN for me? « Reply #1 on: Today at 12:40:58 am » by baratron

I don't even know where to start answering this post.

Do you currently have a network for the computers in your house? Multiple computers connected together? This is a LAN, or Local Area Network. Your LAN is probably a wired network, which means that physical wires join the machines together. Wi-fi is short for wireless networking, where computers are joined together by radio waves instead of by physical wires.

Of course you can use wireless networking with a laptop! In fact, I'd bet that just about any laptop bought in the last two years would come with a wireless card built in. My Vaio, which is now three years old, has a switch on the front to turn the wireless on & off. (I turn it off if I'm away from a net connection and want to save the battery.)

If you want Wi-fi simply for the online battling on Diamond & Pearl, it is possible to buy a dongle to plug your DS into a wired network - which is certainly cheaper than going out & buying a wireless network router and wireless cards for all the computers in your house. I don't know much about DS dongles though, as we've had wireless at home for longer than we've owned this house (we've lived here for 3.5 years, and had Wi-fi in the old flat for about a year).

A LAN connection for the Wii means that you're connecting your Wii to the internet via an existing home network. Our Wii is connected to the net via our Wi-fi, so no cables were needed. If you have a wired network, then you'll have to look for the requisite wired connector in a shop.

Re: Is Wi-Fi worth getting it? Also, can somebody plz explain LAN for me? « Reply #2 on: Today at 01:32:24 am » by Gardevoir Master

The first WiFi dongle I bought was a third-party device called WiFiMAX, but I forget which company makes it. It sucked. I couldn't trade or battle for any reasonable amount of time before randomly losing my connection (oddly enough, I could do the GTS just fine). I eventually traded it in for the official dongle, which works great. I hear the connection is better using a wireless router, though.

The thing about the official dongle, though, is that it requires both Windows XP (I bet Vista will do, though) and a high-speed connection. I didn't get mine until after I got a new computer and DSL.

Re: Is Wi-Fi worth getting it? Also, can somebody plz explain LAN for me? « Reply #3 on: Today at 02:20:36 am » by n00b

Well, I have tivo (you know, that super cool recording thing.) and that is connected to the computer. and i plan on getting a laptop in like 2 years( parents will not let me!) ok, now about LAN, does it connect to like a telephone jack or the computer? i think you answered that....Oh i have DSL if that helps...So, can you go in to more detail plz? that is, it it is not too much trouble.

Re: Is Wi-Fi worth getting it? Also, can somebody plz explain LAN for me? « Reply #4 on: Today at 02:39:16 am » by Gardevoir Master

A network is, by definition, two or more devices connected to each other. I've never connected a game console to a LAN before, but I know enough about networking to believe you would connect your Wii to either a computer or a networking device such as a router or hub. This device would then connect to the internet via whatever means you use to connect to the internet. I don't own a Wii, either, but I suspect it will use an Ethernet cable like the one connecting your computer to your DSL.

Re: Is Wi-Fi worth getting it? Also, can somebody plz explain LAN for me? « Reply #5 on: Today at 02:53:56 am » by n00b

Uh.......what did you just say? sorry i'm a little stupid :-/

Sound FX: *n00b gets splatted*. Because, really, we had explained things in terms which your average 14 year old should be able to understand, and given lots of scope for Googling. It's not our fault if he's too stupid to be allowed out on the internet without supervision.
Tags: internet drama, people are stupid

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