will a usb wireless adapter convert older laptop to wifi

February 16, 2015 at 15:14:14
Specs: Linux
Laptop is around 10 years old and is in great shape. I have a desktop computer and a wireless router. This works great but I need to be able to use laptop for I internet use in the same area as desktop. Would also like to take laptop in motor home and be able to use it on the road.

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#1
February 16, 2015 at 15:21:23
If your laptop has inbuilt Wifi it should pick up any network wherever you are. It is just a matter of signing into that network with whatever password is given for it.

Is this really Linux, because that can make a big difference to giving any more detail?

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#2
February 16, 2015 at 16:53:41
"Would also like to take laptop in motor home and be able to use it on the road."

You would also need a MiFi hotspot to accomplish this. Once you establish WiFi capabilities, then you fire up your MiFi device and if it's within reach of a cell tower for that carrier, you will have Internet access. You will connect it to your laptop via the WiFi connection.

https://www.google.com/search?q=mif...

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#3
February 16, 2015 at 17:26:19
I have an HP zv6100 laptop which is well over 10 yrs old & I'm running Zorin OS 9 Lite on it. I struggled with the drivers for the built-in Broadcom wireless then finally gave up & tried an old Belkin USB wireless adapter I had laying around. It was detected immediately & I've been using it ever since.

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#4
February 16, 2015 at 19:13:42
Computer is Acer. No idea about Linux. Really just need to connect it to wifi

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#5
February 16, 2015 at 19:54:27
It's just that your spec says Linux. Maybe it is Windows XP, Windows 7 or whatever.
Without knowing what it is it is difficult to give focussed advice. It probably says it on the screen when you start the system. We could also do with the make and model number of your laptop (number is probably underneath).

EDIT:
Possibly it has no inbuilt Wifi so the idea of an adapter might have some merit - but we need to know more to suggest one.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
February 17, 2015 at 04:33:21
"Computer is Acer"

That's like saying, 'my car is a Chevy'. We need to know the model & model number of your Acer.

"No idea about Linux"

You put Linux in your specs so I assumed that's what you're running. If you're running Windows, we need to know the version (XP, Vista, etc) to be able to suggest a USB adapter that will be compatible.


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#7
February 17, 2015 at 04:56:18
My Linksys wifi dongle works on my old Windows XP computer.

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