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« on: July 30, 2008, 03:26:23 PM »

My folks bought a desktop about 5 or 6 years ago.  It was just a Compaq Presario.  I don't know but I'm fairly sure that it doesn't have a wireless card.  I want to set up a wireless network since I've just bought a new laptop (and it would be nice for them to have whenever they eventually get a new computer).  Since we only have one access point and one computer will be wireless and the other one is wired, how do you go about making both computers able to connect to the internet? Would I be better off just buying a wireless card for the old computer?
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2008, 03:49:13 PM »

If you want to go as simple as possible, just get a wireless USB adapter.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124187
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008, 03:49:30 PM »

What kind of access point do you have? If you have a wireless router and not just an access point, you can plug the computer into the router.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2008, 10:00:18 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on July 30, 2008, 03:49:30 PM

What kind of access point do you have? If you have a wireless router and not just an access point, you can plug the computer into the router.

Would it just be "plug n play" though or would I have to fool around with settings and port forwarding and whatnot because I'm not reallly good at that.

Walking Fumble your suggestion is good-I see that we actually have a wireless USB adapter sitting right here on the table! Problem solved smile
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008, 05:47:16 AM »

Hmmm....If I had my choice I would get the card and not the USB adaptor but that is just me.  Also, as was already mentioned, if it is a wireless router no problem just plug a cable in.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2008, 01:06:51 PM »

And then at least one computer will have a wired connection which is 1000x more reliable and always on, as opposed to wireless which can go funny. I like having one wired connection to my router at any given time so I have ready access to it in case it shits-the-bed.
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