Solved: Connecting to Wifi using Kinivo "dongle" USB Adapter?

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Okay, so my AT&T DSL Broadband wifi modem is set up in the bedroom. I have an old desktop eMachine EL1600-1 in the living room I'd like to connect to it. No wifi card in the eMachine and the only ones I could find that are specifically for it are overseas and I didn't want to wait.

I bought a Kinivo Bluetooth USB Adapter/"dongle" & have that installed successfully. In Bluetooth Device Selection, it is now finding my Roku player, but not my wifi modem. It says, "Remote devices must be in Discoverable mode for this computer to find them. For assistance in making a remote device discoverable, refer to the user guide that came with the device."

I don't really 'have' a user guide that came with my modem (if indeed that's the problem at all -- which it might not be). Can anybody help me make this work? AT&T's regular tech support couldn't.
 

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You cannot get it to work
you have bought a BLUETOOTH adaptor

you need a WIFI USB not a Bluetooth
 

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that is the sort of thing
you don't have to have an e-machines one and quite often a usb adaptor from the same manufacturer as your modem/router manufacturer will give better results
 

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That looks as good as any cheap one
The advantage of buying through Amazon is that it is easy to return if it doesn't work properly
I have found in the past some cheaper adaptors have a shorter range than better quality ones, but that depends very much on how thick the walls and ceilings are between the computer and the router/modem.

Make sure the adaptor has a reasonably clear line of sight between it and the modem.
That is don't put the computer with the adaptor under a metal table or anything that will block out wifi signals
 

antigeekess

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Will do. Distance isn't too far. Just going with that one because I can get it with Prime by Tuesday and it was the highest rated I saw. Thanks for all your help, Derek. Have a great day in the U.K.! :)
 
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