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Knowing how to make an older desktop PC wireless is important because many people still own old desktop computers without wireless capabilities. There are a few ways to add wireless to your PC and this page will explain what's needed to make a desktop PC wireless with a wireless router and Internet adapter. Some of the information found on this page can also be used to add wireless capabilities to older laptops that do not have built-in wireless adapters.


MAKING DESKTOP PC WIRELESS

By: Austin Luna



Okay so your looking for information on making a desktop PC wireless. You'll be happy to know that just about any desktop PC can support a wireless Internet connection. Even older desktop computers can connect to the Internet via a wireless Internet connection.

The basic information for making a desktop computer wireless is listed on this page. In the past, wireless Internet was never a problem on any of the desktop PC's I used because the flexibility of Wi-Fi technology made things simple.

Today, giving your desktop Internet connectivity is even easier because of multiple wireless technologies, e.g., WiMAX, Satellite, and EVDO.

First, make sure your desktop PC is in good working order. What I mean by good working order is just to make sure the desktop PC is free of unwanted spyware and other harmful files which could make a desktop computer's wireless connection slow down to a crawl. If you plan on making an older desktop PC wireless then you should really scan your computer for spyware and infections because the last thing you want is something stealing all your system resources when you don't have very much to begin with.


WHATS NEEDED TO MAKE DESKTOP PC WIRELESS

Let's start by assuming you already have an Internet service (not dial-up) and are cruising the web with ease. You should have a cable modem connected to your desktop PC. If this is the case, then you're ready to begin your wireless setup. If you don't have an existing Internet service and a cable modem then you'd better stop reading this because a wireless Internet connection on your desktop PC can't be accomplished legally without them.




MAKING PC WIRELESS - WIRELESS ROUTER

First, before anything, you need to purchase a wireless router. If you've never owned a wireless router before then grabbing the most expensive model probably won't benefit you all that much unless you plan on receiving a wireless Internet connection from inside of a multiple story building. In this case a more expensive router will offer a few features that are worth the extra money.


Remember when you go ahead and purchase a wireless router in hopes of making your desktop computer wireless you'll be happy to know that you'll be halfway done with your mission for wireless Internet on your desktop. The only thing left is a wireless PC adapter.


MAKING PC WIRELESS - WIRELESS DESKTOP ADAPTERS

It's actually very easy to add a wireless desktop adapter to your computer's arsenal of computing tools. There are two different types of wireless networking components that you can choose from. They are as follows.

*both wireless devices are packaged with a setup CD-ROM which quickly installs everything
  needed to configure and use your PC's wireless Internet connection.


A wireless USB adapter is the easiest way to make a desktop PC wireless. The cons of using a wireless USB adapter are the signal strength which is considerably weaker than a wireless PCI card. Most people experience no problems with signal strength as long as they stay within range of the wireless router that's sending out the wireless signal.

Basically, installing a wireless USB adapter plugs into any available USB port. In reality, it only takes a matter of seconds to plug in a USB adapter and start using the Internet without the wires. The best part for those of you who are still using your neighbor's wireless Internet will be the increased speeds you experience when you have your own Internet connection.

The second wireless device that can make desktop computers wireless is called a wireless PCI (PCI = white slots inside a computer) card adapter. This device enables high performance wireless connectivity for your desktop PC with extended range.

Installation is not as hard as you might have thought. Simply remove the side panel from your desktop PC and insert the wireless PCI card into any one of the white slots inside. There is only one way the card can be installed. Reading the directions that are included when you purchase your wireless networking device is by far the best thing you can do to ensure a smooth installation and launch of your wireless connection.


MORE WIRELESS HOW TO INFORMATION

In the future I will most likely go into further detail about each networking component. If you have any further question regarding this page on making a desktop PC wireless or any wireless networking questions please check out what is needed for a wireless Internet connection or the Linksys website.


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