How do you set-up a wireless internet on laptop

August 30, 2012 at 03:00:51
Specs: Windows XP Service pack 2
I have a wireless adapter. My dad tried to get it to work we even set-up a new network. It did not work. I think it was still doing something before it was done.

I have a laptop and I wanted to put use a wireless adaptor. I have a router and modem and internet connection. I have Wi-Fi for my android. Do I use the same network information than the android.

I know read the directions. There is a problem. The directions come in English but the print is so small it is hard to read. The directions that I can see are all in Chinese.

Can I just plug in the adaptor or do I need to install something else? It mentions you have to install a program first.

I think only the USB adaptor came with it. It mentions a SMCWBR14T-G router and a SMCWMR-AG I think that it is a modem.

Will the wireless adaptor only work with the SMC network router and modem?

I have a modem from Century Link and the wireless adaptor is from SMC.

SMC stands for SMC network

There is a 2 port USB Card Bus Adapter in the laptop.

It is not a new laptop

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August 30, 2012 at 03:42:40
You should have received a disk with the adapter - you need to install the software from this first before plugging in the adapter, there's usually a warning sticker telling you to do this. If you haven't got a disk then you can download the software from the the manufacturer's website - you don't mention if the adapter is 'SMC' branded as well, but if it is then that's the website you want, you'll need the adapter model number which should be printed somewhere on it.

Once you've installed the adapter you should be prompted to connect to your wireless network - you just need the security key from the back of the modem/router, unless it has been changed, in which case you'll need the new key.

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August 30, 2012 at 07:09:37
"It is not a new laptop"

That's for sure. You should seriously consider getting a more modern laptop, especially for college. That's where you (or your dad) should have invested your money, not in a Android.

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August 30, 2012 at 07:20:04
I know read the directions. There is a problem. The directions come in English but the print is so small it is hard to read.

There's this really cool device invented some time ago which will work very well for increasing the size of small print. I suspect you may not have heard of's called a "magnifying glass" I wager you can buy one for a few dollars or perhaps borrow one. I would, and I'd read the English instructions.

Having said that. I've installed a few PCMCIA wireless cards in the past. Typically, you insert the card and have the driver disk handy for when windows "finds" the device. As soon as it does, it will ask to install the drivers. That's when you put the disk in the CD and follow the rest of the instructions.

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August 31, 2012 at 09:01:06
Your wireless adapter should be able to work with different brands of wireless routers. Basically you need to install wireless adapter driver on laptop and make sure the driver works well, after that connect it to wireless router by configuring it with correct wireless settings.

If you need more ideas, have a look on this wireless network setup tutorial that involves wireless router and wireless adapter configurations.

Hope this helps.

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