do i have to have a router and a wireless net

May 14, 2011 at 18:26:28
Specs: Windows XP
I have a desktop computer and have been using a cable modem for internet access even though the apt building I live in offers free WiFi. I'd like to dump the cable company and utilize the free WiFi, but how do I do that? Do I need to get a router and an adapter card, or will the adapter card do it on it's own?

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#1
May 14, 2011 at 21:09:39
if they have free wifi all you need is a wifi card in your computer. If you don't have a wifi card now yes get one. Confirm the the wifi setup specifications are before you buy the card so you know the card supports the wifi setup.

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#2
May 28, 2011 at 16:16:13
Thank you for replying. I appreciate it. I'm going to get with the apt leasing guy and find out exactly what those specs are before I do dump the cable company. This is kinda scary! I'm actually even going to dump cable, so I've got to get the digital converter as well as the access card. Would the kind that plugs into a port on the back of my computer be OK? And would you have a suggestion on where to look for the dig converter. Cheap as can be if you can. Thank you again for helping.

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#3
May 28, 2011 at 16:30:01
What is this digital converter? Is this what you use to watch TV from your cable company.

If it is and you a planning to watch TV over a wi-fi network I would think again. You are likely to be disappointed.

Stuart


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#4
May 29, 2011 at 15:29:54
No. Sorry. I was afraid the way I worded that was confusing and now I see that it really was. I was asking about converting my computer set-up to the free WiFi and converting my television from cable to a digital converter box so I could watch for free. Two entirely different things. And would you suggest I buy the adapter that plugs into the back of my computer and has an antenna or buy the kind that I have to put into the actual computer tower. Any suggestions on where to buy the adapter card for the free WiFi and any suggestions on where to buy the digital converter box for my television. And thanx again for being patient.

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#5
May 29, 2011 at 16:58:43
I see what you mean now. The digital converter is what we would call in the UK a terrestrial digital receiver to differentiate it from a satellite digital receiver.

Which type you buy depends on if you live in a good reception area. If you do the USB plug in device should be adequate. However, if your local reception is not perfect I would go for an internal one because then you can connect an external antenna to it. You do need a good signal with digital TV because the drop of from a good picture to total crap is sudden and dramatic. No gradual deterioration like you get with analogue TV.

Hauppauge do a good range of TV adaptors of various kinds. They are pretty good and have been in the business for a while so know what they are doing. Hauppauge is an American company based in New York.

http://www.hauppauge.com/site/produ...

Bear in mind that you will need different equipment depending where you live. Europe and America have slightly different broadcasting standards.

AS for the wi-fi card a quick search of Google will give you some idea of what is available..

Where you buy these things is dependant on where in the world you are.

Stuart


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