Hooking up wireless to my desktop

January 8, 2011 at 09:18:24
Specs: Windows XP
I gave my old desktop to my cousin and she lives in a trailer park where they have wireless satellite I think. Any how she bought a router Belkin that just goes in one of the usb ports. we downloaded the cd that came with it and it shows on her computer. But it does not detect a signal. What else may she need to get online ? does she have to have her home hooked up to the satellite for it to work ? Or a phone line ? She does not have satellite to her tv nor a phone line so is that necessary to hook her up to the wireless connection the park has ? They gave her the name and password but yet we cant get it to connect. It does not show any available connections. Thank you Sue

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January 8, 2011 at 09:45:27
Some more expert guy may give you better clue but I guess you need to plug in a wireless card into your desktop since the router performs other functions as LAN connection and internet gateway, but it doen't enable a wireless connection to Internet. Usually a wireless able router uses the wireless to enable W(ireless)LAN only.

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January 8, 2011 at 10:06:21
So she needs to buy a wireless card that goes inside the computer you are saying ?

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January 8, 2011 at 12:01:48
Yes, just that.

she needs to add a wireless card then with the password got she can enable desktop internet wireless connection just as laptops with builtin wi-fi card act.

No need for wired telephone line at all. Think how mobile laptops work.

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January 8, 2011 at 16:25:58
Try to return the router since it is the wrong device for the job, and swap for either a PCI wireless network card or a USB wireless network card. What to get depends on whether you have an available PCI slot and whether you are ok with opening up the case to install it. Not a difficult job but not everyone is prepared to do that.

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