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Connecting a Desktop PC to a Wireless Network


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ellzee

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Hello!

I'd like to preface this post by warning everyone that I am a complete novice, so please be patient with my ignorance. :)

The situation is this: I have a desktop PC that I would like to connect to a wireless network provided by my apartment. I have no idea how to go about this. I don't believe my desktop has any wireless capabilities, so what would I need to do?

Thank you in advance!
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Gnomad1600

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The first place to start would be to install a Wireless Network Interface card into your computer. One such as this PCI card, would entail opening your computer and installing it in a PCI slot. There are also USB Adapters that plug into an open USB port. I really don't have any experience with the USB models because I prefer running cables and using a wired network.
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You should know that any wireless receiver that has an external antenna will generally pick up a better signal then one without.

Also, I would have recommend against using a network that many other people do (your apartment building). This is because being on the same local network as other makes you very susceptible to attacks that can steal username and password information.

On a side not public places such as coffee shops are also not safe to enter sensitive information such as usernames or passwords across the internet.
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I use a USB adapter on one of my PCs and it works great. If you are a novice and are a little reluctant to open the case of your PC up then go this route. They work fine.
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