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PC Internet only works with Ethernet cable

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Predial, Nov 24, 2016.

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  1. Predial

    Predial Thread Starter

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    Hey so when I got my pic I never noticed this because I instantly went to connect it with an Ethernet cable. But my pic does not let me muse wifi. The only option there is is Ethernet. I tried everything or well at least I think. But when I go to network connections wifi is not even there it's only Ethernet please let me k ow what to do so I can use wifi
     
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    PCs generally don't come with wi-fi capabilities unless you purchase them specifically with cards or adapters. Is there any reason you need to use wi-fi instead of Ethernet? The latter is generally a lot faster.
     
  3. Predial

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    Yea, I just went to my grandmas house and I usually like to stay with her for a couple of days and took my pc sounds kind of strange. But I really want to use it. My pc came with a few discs you think they might have the things that get your pc wifi?
     
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    What is listed under Network Adapters in Device Manager?

    What, if any, warnings or errors are anywhere in Device Manager?
     
  5. Predial

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    Under network adapters all it says is Ethernet
     
  6. TerryNet

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    What makes you think that the computer includes a wireless adapter?

    You probably need to buy a wireless adapter. I suggest a USB connected one, but if you have a spare PCI slot you could also get a PCI adapter instead.
     
  7. Predial

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    So all I need is to buy an adapter? I see one on my grandmas computer it says dell it's a little usb thing. Is that it? And if so what else do I need for it? Don't I need a disk or something or is that litterly all I need.
     
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    I have no idea. It may be a wireless (Wi-Fi) adapter. It may be a special "dongle" to communicate with a wireless keyboard and/or mouse. It may be something else. What's the model or part number?


    You need a driver. The driver will likely be available in Windows or via Windows Update or on an included CD. Best to install the latest driver from the adapter manufacturer's web site.

    Assuming that the OS is Windows XP or later you already have a built-in wireless utility (client) program.
     
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    Can you be more specific about your computer, as in what brand and model is it? If it's a laptop then the wireless may be turned off.
     
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