wi fi for laptop

  Hucky 11:45 18 Jan 2012
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I need a WiFi connection ... But I have no wifi on my laptop can I buy something for this... Thanx

  Ibanez2010 11:55 18 Jan 2012

Search for wireless dongle. That's all you need.

  northumbria61 12:01 18 Jan 2012
  Ian in Northampton 12:18 18 Jan 2012

A dongle is one solution. Another is, if you have a slot, a PCMCIA wifi card. These can be better if you move your laptop around a lot, as they're (mostly) embedded in the chassis of the laptop, rather than sticking out three inches from the side. Make sure you get one that supports 802.11n, though - 802.11g is the earlier/slower version, and can often be had cheaper than the 802.11n devices.

  onthelimit1 13:07 18 Jan 2012

I've supplied a number of these. They only stick out about a quarter of an inch, and their performance is quite satisfactory.

  Ian in Northampton 13:34 18 Jan 2012

onthelimit: that's very cool...

  onthelimit1 14:17 18 Jan 2012

Ian - yes, I found them by accident, and they're quite brilliant for under a tenner!

  Ian in Northampton 15:09 18 Jan 2012
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I'm interested in your opinion, onthelimit, and it may help the OP. Whenever I install USB wifi dongles, I only ever install the drivers, and never the application software that comes with them - I always leave Windows to manage the wifi connection, as it seems more reliable (like, it will automatically connect when you boot). Yes, you miss out on some features - but they're typically advanced features that I don't want/need anyway. Do you have any feelings either way?

  onthelimit1 16:59 18 Jan 2012

I have had problems on one laptop where I had to use the minidisk that came with it for the driver - on others, windoze has loaded its own. I always use windoze to manage the connection - find it much more reliable.

  Input Overload 17:08 18 Jan 2012

northumbria61, that's most impressive & a give-away at the price. Saved that link. :-)

  Input Overload 17:09 18 Jan 2012

Sorry that was too onthelimit1, need to engage brain before fingers. Sorry.

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