Wireless Cards

  happyhotspur 09:20 20 Aug 2008

I have a desktop computer. If I purchase a wireless card and instal it what else would I need to connect to the Internet?

  DippyGirl 09:27 20 Aug 2008

Modem/router and a service provider

  happyhotspur 09:31 20 Aug 2008

that is what I already have to connect to the internet, so is there any advantage in the purchase of the wireless card over what I already have. sorry to sound a numpty but just cannot get my head around the whole wireless business, I am currently on a laptop so get a bit confused when I want to connect via my desktop

  TonyM 09:40 20 Aug 2008

If the desktop is going to be close to the router, all you need is a network cable.

  happyhotspur 09:44 20 Aug 2008

Fraid not the desktop is in another building. Does this mean that I would need a seperate internet connection for my desktop or would a wireless card enable me to be able to connect via the router without the need to be in the same building?

  Bioshox 10:06 20 Aug 2008

Another building o.O
Are you sure?
How far away is this other building? Is it like your shead or something?
If its like down the road... then the Rooter wont be able to go that far
Tell us where abouts your buildings are and how close they are to each other

  happyhotspur 10:20 20 Aug 2008

The computer thats connected via wireless to broadband is upstairs, and the desktop is in the basement (its the only place I have room for the desktop, printer, scanner etc)

  DippyGirl 10:38 20 Aug 2008

It's where the router is. If there is alot of "building" between the router and the wireless adapter (laptop or desktop) you may not get a connection - or its strength may be decreased.
Can your laptop connect to the router from the basement ?
If yes your desktop will probably do so to
If no then wireless is probably not an option, without some more kit

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