something i could plug the cable internet cord into and then not have to worry about turning my computer off, so the rest of the house could still get secure wifi if that computer is turned off.
my desktop computer is 10 years old and running windows xp. most of the peripherals i have, printer, scanner, trackball mouse, only mouse i can use) will NOT work with newer windows versions. the manufacturers quit making drivers for them after xp.
i would like to go to an electronics store and buy some kind of modem and router combo that can provide secure wifi for my household (and not the neighbors), without having to be run thru this old computer. currently the way my computer is hooked up to the modem and router requires this desktop computer to be turned on always, or else wifi cuts off. maybe something about an ethernet connection? i dont know.
i've been repeatedly told that since windows xp is not supported anymore, my computer is not safe from hacking.
i AM careful what websites i visit, but i still trigger occasional antivirus warnings when i simply click on results from search engines. i dont download music or movies online. mostly my desktop is used for uploading my music from my cds to transfer to my mp3 player, and uploading and storing my many digital photos that i edit and share online. i DO want to feel safe to use this computer for online banking. but i'm also feeling a little paranoid from all the stuff other people have told me about windows xp not being safe anymore. i'm not sure i have the RAM to update to a newer version. i'm disabled and living on SSDI and dont have the money to buy a newer version. i also dont have the money to buy a newer printer and scanner and trackball mouse.
here are the specs for my old desktop computer:
200 GB hard drive
1 GB memory (i think this is RAM?)
3700+ AMD Athalon processor
i only use mozilla firefox as a browser, no internet explorer.
i would say i'm mildly computer savvy. i can FOLLOW directions extremely well! i'm a quick learner. but i dont know what i'm doing when it comes to modems and routers or firewalls.
can you tell me if what i'm looking for is available as an all in one thing?(modem/router/cable internet connection/firewall)
can you also tell me, if xp isnt safe, i have a laptop with windows 10. if i use the wifi currently available THRU my old desktop computer, is that secure? or are all the wifi connections only as secure as the old windows xp the modem runs thru?
tell me what to buy?
give me suggestions? anything. somewhere to at least start from?