I have a single desktop PC here at my house, and I'm about to get a new laptop. Currently, I connect to my internet provider through a modem connected directly to my desktop, but I want to get a wireless router so that my laptop can also connect to the internet (obviously).
The thing is:
I know that some routers need to maintain a cable connection to the main desktop (which must stay on) in order to be able to provide internet connection to the other computers;
while other routers only need to be connected directly to an online modem, which means I could get a connection on my laptop even if the desktop is turned off.
I want to make sure I buy one of the latter, but I don't know how to ask (or look) for one. Is there a name for this function or something? I was just gonna ask the salesman, but I thought I'd give ait try here first.