I just need help here...

United States
January 23, 2007 3:50pm CST
I bought another computer and I have it all ready to go. I have talked to my neighbor and we are going to split the cost of wireless internet, she has it through her cable company. Now what do I need to buy to get the signal??? My daughter has a laptop nad she just had a switch on hers that she turned on and she was good to go... What do I need to buy to get signal to my desk top??? Help me out here please....
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• Ireland
23 Jan 07
I've just checked with my hubby, he's a computer engineer. We are living in Ireland, but I suppose the the basics are the same. You will need a wireless router and each computer will need a wireless network card. When you are setting up the router you will be asked for your wep code (this comes with the cd which you will get with the router). You key in the code and you should be ready to go. If I can be of further assistance, you can send a pm. Best of luck.
• United States
23 Jan 07
She doesn't need the router, her neighbor does. Since her daughter can already connect, I assume her neighbor already has one and all she needs is the adapter.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Great thank you so much and tell hubby thank too lol
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• United States
23 Jan 07
You need to get a wireless network adapter card such as this: http://www.dlink.com/products/?sec=0&pid=475. You can get them anywhere and they're very easy to install. If you're nervous about opening up your computer, then go for a usb version such as this: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=334 Good luck.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes my daughter can connect through her laptop and yes the neighbor has a router.., so I need a adaptor card huh ...opening up my computer yikes !!! is this something I should let the computer shop do ??? I really don't know alot about computers...
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Well you could take it to a shop but I think that's kind of a waste of money. You don't have to know alot about computers to get this up and running. The card will come with thorough instructions on how to install it and all you need is a screw driver. Or like I said, you could get a usb adapter instead, even though they're a bit pricier and take up one of your ports, you won't have to open up your machine.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Very well then I will get this adapter card and install myself. I can use a screwdriver ..lol now I do not need the router as others have said right ?? I went to the links you sent and they have them in stock but I want it now lol so I will have to go get one. Thank you so much for all your help...
• United States
24 Jan 07
In your situation, sounds like you only need a wireless card for your computer. Ask your neighbor what brand of router they have, and buy the appropriate card for your system. Also, make sure it is a secure network. (your neighbor will know) If it is not, and other neighbors catch on, you may be blamed for the problem.
• United States
24 Jan 07
So the card has to be the same brand as the router?? Yes thanks for that tip as well . I really do thank you for all your help ...
• United States
24 Jan 07
No, the brand doesn't have to be the same. If she has a LINKSYS router and you have a D-LINK adapter, they will still work together. I guess the only reason to get the same brand would be less of a chance of compatibility issues, but they have strict standards that they have to follow and all companies have to make their equipment compatible with other brands, so you should be ok either way.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Gosh here I go again THANKS !! lol you are just so helpful I can't say enough really ...:)
@kathy77 (7487)
• Australia
24 Jan 07
In regards to wireless internet we do not actually have to buy anything separate as wireless internet works as a little machine beside the computer and you just buy the machine for wireless that is all, but I do not know where you are if you have to have something else.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Yes the little thing beside the computer she has , so thats where I got lost as well thank you so much
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
23 Jan 07
That is great. I would love to have wireless. I am sorry, I have no useful info for you but wanted to say "Congradulations". My friend has wireless and he loves it.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Thanks so much , this is one of those deals that we happened to work out ,we are both single moms and both can save some money lol...so here we go...
• Canada
23 Jan 07
you will need a wireless card for your computer and a wireless router to of course and it will work for u then.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
alrighttie than!!! now who is right here ??? help again please...