Solved wireless connection to windows ME

June 3, 2012 at 15:37:00
Specs: Windows XP
Can an old Dell computer with Windows ME, be connected wirelessly?

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#1
June 3, 2012 at 15:58:55
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You can still get Belkin USB dongles for wireless connections, I'm using
one on an old W98 and it's fine - See link below:
http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductP...
Worth checking around for the best deal.

You need the correct drivers (if not already provided on a CD), see here:
http://en-us-support.belkin.com/app...

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#2
June 3, 2012 at 16:30:17
I recommend PCI adapters, they seem to have a better range, especially if you get a better antenna. Netgear seems to be the most coomon, and one of the few supporting Windows 98/ME.

http://www.ebay.com/dsc/i.html?LH_BIN=1&LH_TitleDesc=1&_sacat=0&_from=R40&_nkw=windows%20me%20pci%20netgear%20wireless&_sop=16

http://sdfox7.com


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#3
June 3, 2012 at 17:16:35
Just for info, I use a PCI adapter on my XP (tower) and I found its range poor - had to add an extension antenna to pick up the router decently in the next room. I found the Belkin dongle far better and it even works on another floor away from the router.

However, the PCI adapter brand I purchased was a "TP-LINK", so maybe they are rubbish (I too expected it to do better than a USB dongle).

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#4
June 11, 2012 at 21:07:38
Derek

For reference I use the Netgear WG311 adapter family (there have been a few revisions v1, v2, v3 etc since the original release in 2003). I've had excellent performance with them and they work with Windows 98SE and up.

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#5
June 12, 2012 at 09:45:22
Thanks "sdfox 7" - I'll note that for the future.

Right now my TP-LINK does very well, but only because I moved the antenna to a better place on a long cable. When I first installed it the antenna stuck out at the back of the tower, which meant the tower itself was right in the signal path to the router. That might have had some bearing on its poor initial performance. I'd half anticipated it and made sure the card had facility for an antenna cable extension.

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