can't connect old laptop to wireless system

June 2, 2012 at 11:45:12
Specs: Windows XP
was given an old laptop has no wireless connection capability-the person who gave it to me had put in the system recovery disc I guess because their info was on it.hoping someone can help get this online-still have original disc from router=not too savvy but patient

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#1
June 2, 2012 at 12:24:23
If it is XP then be sure to get a good security suite on it and all xp updates as soon as you can connect it to the internet. It may be a good start to use a wired connection. XP's help and support pages have a walk through and other help pages.

If the system doesn't have a wireless nic and you must have it then buy either a small usb wireless nic or some pcmcia/express card nic that matches the "band" of your router.

Hang up and live.


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#2
June 2, 2012 at 13:50:32
Hi & thanks for your help. As I said I'm not too computer savvy. I tried to connect it to the router but don't have the right opening on the laptop to connect it to. I was in staples for a wireless usb wireless adapter but was told this alone wouldn't get me access to the internet, that I had to call Linksys to have them connect me. I'm still trying & appreciate your help.

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#3
June 5, 2012 at 12:36:08
I doubt that is true. Dunno why Staples said that.

Be sure to send me a private message if I loose this post.

Let us start at the top. Did or do you have a way to access wireless at your home?

Hang up and live.


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#4
June 5, 2012 at 14:22:30
"I was in staples for a wireless usb wireless adapter but was told this alone wouldn't get me access to the internet....."

You must have both a wireless networking adapter on or connected to the computer and something wireless it connects to - for most people, when they're at home, that's their own wireless router, or combo wireless router / high speed modem that connects them to the internet service.

If you have either one of those, or if yours isn't wireless, you can also connect the old laptop to it via a network cable, which may cost you no money at all - most laptops have a wired network adapter and the port for that. The router or combo router / high speed modem comes with a network cable.


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#5
June 5, 2012 at 15:44:18
1st of all I want to thank you guys for your patience with me-Here's what I have-- a Linksys Wireless G Router connected to my desktop. The ports on the laptop are too small for the connection. I know the router is connected correct because other people's laptops work but they have wireless built into their laptop. I'm sure this laptop will work if I can access a wireless connection but like I say the cables will not fit into this laptop. It is a Gateway Window Vista Laptop. Would you suggest a usb wireless adapter? I was only going by what they told me in Staples. Do I need another type of cable? Is this router too old? Like I said in the beginning thanks so much for your time.

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#6
June 5, 2012 at 15:52:47
It sounds like the connection you are looking at on your laptop is an RJ-11 connector for a telephone line. If the laptop is new enough to have Vista installed on it, I'm 99% sure it has an RJ-45 ethernet port. Usually they are right next to each other.

I would stay as far away from Staples as you can, whoever you talked to there is clueless. Look in your Yellow Pages for a a mom & pop computer shop in your area. You will get much better service and people who know what they are talking about.

But yes, you could get a wireless USB card and that would let you connect to your router.


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#7
June 5, 2012 at 16:30:15
"....Linksys Wireless G Router connected to my desktop..."

What model and revision (Rev) or version (Ver) of the model is it ? That's probably on a stuck on label on the bottom of the router.

The max speed of a wireless G connection to the router s 54 mbits/sec

The max speed of a 100 mbps wired network adapter (network cable) connection to the router is 100 mbits/sec.

You are limited to a max 54 mbits/sec when you connect wirelessly to your wireless G router.

Whether 54 mbits/sec limits your max speed on the internet depends on the max speed of the internet package you're paying for.

"It is a Gateway Window Vista Laptop."

If it came with Vista on it, it's not all that old.

What is the model of it ?

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere,

" the cables will not fit into this laptop."

If the laptop has no wireless networking adapter, it probably has a wired network adapter and there's a network port for that. Did you actually try plugging in a network cable (your router came with one when it was new) or are you just going by the appearance of the ports ?
If the latter, a network port is the same size as the network ports on the back of the router. It looks like a telephone port, but it is a bit larger and has 8 contacts visible inside the port.

"Would you suggest a usb wireless adapter?"

See jefro's second line in response 1.

USB wireless N network adapters are usually the cheapest these days, there's more of them to choose from, and they're backwards compatible with wireless G and B standards.

I recommend this one:

ASUS USB-N13 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

I have that one, and two other people I know have a total of three of them.

It's reliable, but the "drivers" software on the CD that comes with it has bugs.

If you download the latest version of the "drivers" software for it from the Asus web site, that software works fine.

(It has a Ralink wireless networking chip.)

The other types of wireless adapters may yield you a more reliable wireless connection when the laptop is farther away from the router.
However, since it's a Gateway el-cheapo laptop, it may not have a PCMCIA (PC Card) slot or an ExpressCard slot on it in any case.

Both ends of the wireless connection must be using wireless N standards in order for you to get the fastest wireless N max 300 mbits/sec or 600 mbits/sec max speed.
You are limited to a max 54 mbits/sec when you connect wirelessly to your wireless G router.

The above Asus USB wireless N adapter supports up to a 300 mbits/sec wireless connection speed.


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#8
June 11, 2012 at 05:14:50
Hi & thanks to you all. I'm still working on it. Have family visiting from out of state for 10 days & haven't had a chance to work on it. Will get back in a few days.

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