It's all up and running, thanks to tech support at Linksy who had me writing ping codes and other foreign language stuff in order to acess the webpage where you configure the wireless router. For some unknown reason the page continually refused to load and only after much powering on and off of devices and pinging for all we were worth did it finally all come together.
Now to install the USB devices in the PCs to enable them to enter this world without wires.
Does anyone know how to use Outlook Express with broadband? Mine defaults to dialup.
ETA 23.15 Chez Hesadevil now has its own Wireless LAN and it's fully operational. We had a minor blip while Mr Hesadevil searched for his USB wireless device which he was sure I'd misplaced but otherwise it was all plain sailing to get the PCs connected. Must tell the next door neighbours to secure their wi-fi LAN. I can connect to the Net using it without any problem.
Whew! Now for a well-earned cuppa - ::breaks out the single-estate Assam from Waitrose:: - and bed.