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26-May-2011, 09:14 PM #1
Simple way to make old computer pick up wireless signal in house
I have moved my old computer to the back of the house and was wondering how easy and cheap it would be to add wireless to it. I have a cisco valet for my router and a modem in another room. My laptop picks up the wireless and now I want to add wireless to the old dell. I found this belkin product and wondered if it would do the trick?
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26-May-2011, 10:38 PM #2
That's a wireless N adapter and not a wireless B/G adapter. Does your home network support wireless N?

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What's the model name and model number of that old Dell, and what version of Windows does it have?

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That's a wireless N adapter and not a wireless B/G adapter. Does your home network support wireless N?
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What's the model name and model number of that old Dell, and what version of Windows does it have?
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Cisco Valet supports g and n, so I guess yes on the first question. Is there a way to be sure which one I'm running?

Its a Dell Dimension 2400 .....windows xp.
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27-May-2011, 08:39 AM #4
According to its system requirements, it supports Windows XP - as long as it has SP3.

I'm not an expert on a wireless network setup, so I'll leave you with TerryNet and etaf and the other experts here.

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According to its system requirements, it supports Windows XP - as long as it has SP3.

I'm not an expert on a wireless network setup, so I'll leave you with TerryNet and etaf and the other experts here.

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I'm sure it has SP3......Hopefully TerryNet or etaf see this thread and give their opinion. Thanks flavallee
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27-May-2011, 01:51 PM #6
Log into the router and see how it's configured.
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27-May-2011, 08:22 PM #7
That adapter may or may not do the job for you. The main thing to consider, other than to make sure your Operating System is supported, is the path from the router to the antenna. If you get a USB adapter it's better to get one with a short USB extension cable (example) so that the adapter can be in a better position (maybe on top the desktop) or one with an external antenna (example).
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That adapter may or may not do the job for you. The main thing to consider, other than to make sure your Operating System is supported, is the path from the router to the antenna. If you get a USB adapter it's better to get one with a short USB extension cable (example) so that the adapter can be in a better position (maybe on top the desktop) or one with an external antenna (example).
I just showed the belkin product as an example of a simple solution. I don't care which brand I use, I just want to get something that will work. I was hoping there would be a simple plug in device that would work. Sounds like I need to do a little research on how everything will work in sinc. before I buy anything.
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I'm not advocating for or against any brand.
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27-May-2011, 09:28 PM #10
TerryNet.....the product you showed as example would work though for my situation, right? I'm guessing it plugs into the pc via usb?
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27-May-2011, 09:50 PM #11
I expect that both products that I showed as examples will work for you. But, we can't know for sure until you try. They both connect by USB.
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I expect that both products that I showed as examples will work for you. But, we can't know for sure until you try. They both connect by USB.
oops, I couldn't get the example of the Belkin to open, and now it opened. That one is only $16.00. Thanks. I'll let you know how it all works out.
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