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Really basic Wifi question

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  1. Italie2001

    Italie2001 Thread Starter

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    Hi there, I'm sure this will be a really simple question for all of you but I cant find the answer easily online - I actually have 2 questions.

    I have a PC which is about 5 years old. I tried to attach a wireless router but it wouldnt let me so I guessed that it didnt have the wifi stuff inside to allow me to do that (note all my technical jargon!). I noticed a thing on Amazon called a USB wireless adapter. Now if I put this in my USB port would it allow me to set up the wireless router? Secondly, I want to buy a netbook or laptop for my son for christmas which I assume will have the wifi technology. If I have the wireless router set up at home will the laptop be able to access the internet from that too or do I need to do something else?

    Thanks very much for your help

    Italie
     
  2. Mark1956

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    To get the old PC to connect with the wireless router you will need the Wireless adapter if there is no wireless card already inside the PC.

    If you buy a new machine with a built in wireless adapter it should connect to a wireless router without the need to buy anything else.
     
  3. Italie2001

    Italie2001 Thread Starter

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    Fab! Thanks. I thought so but just wanted to check with someone who knew.

    Thanks again!! x
     
  4. Mark1956

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    Your welcome.
     
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    For the old desktop computer, do you need to connect wirelessly to the router? If the computer is near the router, you can connect with an Ethernet cable.
     
  6. akonobi2011

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    Yes, a usb wifi adapter will allow you to connect to your wireless router but make sure your operating system is compatible with the usb adapter ( that there are drivers for your particular OS) Yes your laptop will be able to connect to your router if wifi is "built-in" to it, as is the case with most newer ones
     
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