Connecting an old comp to wireless

Velvet January 30, 2009 at 21:11:47
Specs: Windows 98

Greetings,

I'm having problems connecting a third computer to an existing wireless home network.
I'll give as much info as I can, even the kind that might be obvious since I barely know anything about networking...

The main computer which the router (Siemens SL2-141) is plugged to runs XP. The 2nd computer which is a laptop ThinkPad, also runs XP, and belongs to one of the family members who works at IBM.
The 3rd comp which I want to add is another laptop ThinkPad that belonged to the same person back in 1998. It was kept in the basement up until now, and of course, still runs Windows 98.

As mentioned, the 2nd comp (the newer laptop) is connected wireless-ly.
The 3rd comp has an internal Ethernet network adapter or something that can be removed manually & is called EtherJet CardBus. It sits inside the rear of the laptop with an input for a LAN cable, and by pressing two small buttons you can remove it completely.

I suppose that no wireless connection for this comp anyway? Is there an option to add a wireless network adapter to such an old machine, or will I have to plug it using a cable to the router itself? Whatever the case, will I need to make a new connection using the wizard in that laptop?

Thanks for your time



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#1
January 30, 2009 at 21:46:03

You should be able to get a PCMCIA wireless adaptor that will fit in where the current removable etherjet card is. Getting something new with Win98 compatible drivers might be the tricky bit.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
January 31, 2009 at 07:29:05

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


a few work with 98se but not 98 1st edition.
that is something you need to determine if your laptop has 98fe or 98se.

here is one for $9.99 plus shipping that claims to work with 98se
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

what model thinkpad do you have?

larry


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#3
January 31, 2009 at 09:43:07

I'm terribly sorry, the old ThinkPad runs Windows *2000* (Professional; Service Pack 4). The interface is so similar to 98...
The model of the comp is '770X'.

Okay, so it turns out I can connect it wirelessly... but what are the chances to find the adaptor if I don't order from this site? Do you think stores today still sell this stuff? Or maybe those US online stores you mentioned ship to Israel as well? Until then, how can I connect to the network using the Ethernet? I know that in the back of my router there are a few inputs for Ethernet connections, and one of the spots is taken by the main computer that hosts the network. Is it as simple as getting another Ethernet cable and plugging it to the router? If so, what should I exactly do from there with the ThinkPad?

Thanks a lot!


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#4
January 31, 2009 at 17:27:34

"Do you think stores today still sell this stuff? " yes, the fact that you have windows 2000 sp4, should make it easier.
"Or maybe those US online stores you mentioned ship to Israel as well?" I don't know, check with them.
"Is it as simple as getting another Ethernet cable and plugging it to the router? " could be, try it and find out.
"If so, what should I exactly do from there with the ThinkPad? " open the brower (internet explorer?) and try to google.

larry


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#5
February 2, 2009 at 15:38:05

I'm using Firefox, but it doesn't really matter.
But don't I need to make a new connection first? (using the 'New Connection Wizard')

Oh, and just to be sure - will any Ethernet cable work with that computer/EtherJet thing?

TY


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