I have recently purchased a laptop and would like to connect with my desktop through a router.
I have no knowledge of routers so I would appreciate all the help that I can get.
Does the router connect to the desktop, laptop, or both?
I note there are different types with designations such as "b", "g" and "n".
Which would I get? Any recommendations as to brands?
The computers can connect physically to the router using ethernet or wirelessly (if its a wireless router).
Simply speaking b/g/n is the speed. B is old and slow so avoid it. Wireless-G is the most common and best value today. N still has some potential compatibility issues and has variable performance and is more costly so I would avoid it unless you really understand why you need to go past wireless G.
All of them come with extensive instruction manuals and are generally easy to setup. Popular Brands include linksys, d-link, netgear.
See the companies website for more details and manuals. Linksys and D-link have extensive FAQ sections and flash demos on their sites which can explain everything