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Laptop without wi-fi installed.


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Neets

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Trying to connect a Linsks Wireless G Router to a laptop for wi-fi access, not succeeded so far. This might be a silly question but do I need a PCMIA card in the laptop as well? :whistling:

I am doing this to help a friend who is a newbie to computing, so do not want to bust anything :blink:

Best wishes Neets
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Does it definitely not have in-built wireless? Check Device Manager (hold down the Windows key and press Pause/Break > Hardware tab > Device Manager) and look under Network Adapters.

If not, yes you need a PC card or get a USB adapter.
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:whistling: Thanks Rich, I will have a look at that issue and then get back to you. I will print off the info on the how to do tutorial too on Networking. Thank you very much for your prompt response, its much appreciated.
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Checked in the Device Manager and this was what I found

1394 Network Adaptor
Realtek. RT813G USB Cable Modem

Texas Instruments PCI-1410 Card Bus controller

So might need to start over from scratch tomorrow following the networking tutorial on here.
I am still a little confused with the wi-fi thing per se in relation to laptops which are mobile. Surely you need a network card to communicate with the router? Forgive my ignorance and feel free to use a hammer to bash the message home if I am not getting it.
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No in-built wireless capability then.

Older laptops don't tend to have them.
I don't know where you are, but here in the UK I'd buy something like this or this.
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Hi RichP I live in Yorkshire UK hence the avatar Ey-up! Very many thanks for clarifying this issue. I shall get her sorted out tomorrow, wish me luck and thanks again for sticking with me on this issue. I really appreciate the time you have taken with this silver surfer.

Cheers,
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