Getting wireless moved

Dell / DIMENSION 8400
February 12, 2012 at 13:45:42
Specs: Windows 7, 2.992 GHz / 1022 MB
My old computer had a cable connection with a router, used to connect laptops in the house.

When I purchased a new computer, everything was moved to the new computer and all works fine.

The old computer was moved to one of my kid's rooms and I would like to use the wireless wifi with it.

However, I am guessing that the settings are set up based on the old configuration and I have no idea how to change it. When I go to try to repair the Internet connection, it seems to be looking for the router (which obviously no longer is connected). I am not even sure that the old computer has the necessary hard/software to get wireless.

Could someone walk me through the steps to..

1. See if I can get wireless on the old computer in the first place.

2. If so, how do I change the settings?

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February 12, 2012 at 16:50:52
Most wireless adapters being sold are compatible with computers running windows 2000 and above (so any computer made within about 10-12 years should be ok)

To connect this computer to a wireless network, you will need a wifi adapter of some sort (quite a few usb adapters going for £5-6) and the details of the router (usually printed on the bottom of the router).

Once the adapter has been installed (drivers/software...ect) you will need to connect to the wireless using the name/password stated on the router. There are a few good tutorials posted here

Windows XP

Windows Vista

Windows 7

If you need me to cover something in more detail please leave a reply and I will try and get back to you on it

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