A couple of years ago I bought a no-nonsense Dell Laptop for home use, as an alternative to my gaming machine and as a living room entertainment suppliment. Later on, it proved to be quite heavy as far as laptops go, so I got myself a snappy new Macbook Air, and it was great, problem solved.
So I thought of using my Dell for other uses; I installed Ubuntu 8.10 on it and experimented with some of the packages and tools, played some games, watched a lot of movies on it, did some word processing and presentation designs on it, and it's taken all that like a pro!
Now I'm thinking of using it for something more social. I'm thinking; It has WinXP Home, built-in WiFi, a relevant USB port, a 14-inch screen, built-in air cooler, network port, dial-up port, DVD, the works. I'm thinking of further maximizing it's usefulness in another capacity, by modifying it into a WiFi Router to work with my Zain Ego Device.
I know that it can theoretically cab be done. The Dell's built-in WiFi card and WinXP's Internet Connection Sharing feature, coupled with Zain's Ego device as the main internet port, along with some restrictions and password-protected files would make this seem to be a possible avenue to consider.
I'm planning to put this "experiment" of mine next weekend, as I'm bedridden with a dreadful cold at the moment and can't tolerate trial-and-error messages from Microsoft produtcs. I'd appreciate it if anyone would kindly email me some ideas on how to set it up, if at all.
Cheers up front.