Windows 98 software to run wireless usb adaptor

  uncle fungus 20:17 17 Jan 2010
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Help!
I have a Belkin N Wireless router. One of the PC's i want to connect wirelessly is an old Windows 98 machine. The software that comes with the usb adaptor is only usable on XP and Vista machines.
Does anyone know if software is available for Windows 98 or is the machine just too old?
Many thanks in advance.

  User-1229748 20:22 17 Jan 2010

what model is the usb adapter?

  uncle fungus 18:47 18 Jan 2010

The model details are
MAC ID:001CDF31FB29
12810805301330
ver. 3000x
Thanks

  User-1229748 20:22 18 Jan 2010

sorry i meant the make and model :o)

  uncle fungus 19:13 20 Jan 2010

Its a Belkin N Wireless USB Adapter - it came with the router.

  mgmcc 19:39 20 Jan 2010

You can certainly run a Wireless Network Adapter under Windows 98SE, but I suspect you'll be restricted to an 802.11g (54Mbps) adapter and you may also be limited to using only WEP encryption. The 802.11n specification doesn't support WEP, so your entire wireless network would run with 802.11g protocol.

If possible, you'd be better connecting the old Win 98 PC by ethernet cable.

  uncle fungus 20:27 21 Jan 2010

Thats helpful, thanks.

Would i need to get a 'G' USB adapter with 98 software compatibility?

  mgmcc 23:24 21 Jan 2010

Yes, you would need a Wireless Network Adapter with software that runs in Windows 98SE. I think it *has* to be 98 "Second Edition" for wireless networking and, as there is no equivalent of XP's Wireless Zero Configuration, you need to use the adapter's software to connect.

I have a Belkin F5D7050 USB dongle that installs in 98SE, although I don't know if one bought today would still run. The box would indicate the system requirements.

  uncle fungus 17:26 23 Jan 2010

Cheers. Thanks for your help.

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