Wireless Ready PC?

  albu 21:20 11 May 2007
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My nephew is just about to get sky broadband wireless. He's been asked if his PC is wireless ready, what's this?

Are there any good websites that explain wireless, set-up issues etc, for the beginner?

His PC has WIN XP and was bought Sept.06.

Many thanks as always!

  Strawballs 21:35 11 May 2007

If it is a laptop then it proberbly is but if it is a desktop then proberbly not, you only need wireless if the PC is going to be away from the router or if you have more than one PC.

click here

  kindly 21:53 11 May 2007

If it is a desktop bought from currys then its not wireless. They dont sell them with wireless system built in. A laptop would be though.

  setecio 21:58 11 May 2007

Wireless means without wires and is useful when using a laptop as it allows you to move about the house and retain an internet connection via radio waves in the air. It is also useful for a desktop that is located far from a telephone socket and where it is not practical to run a cable between the two.

I think that sky broadband wireless means that give you an adsl wireless router which is able to do both wired and wireless.

So if you decide to use wireless instead of wired, then all you will need to buy is a wireless PCI card such as this click here
If you decide to go wired then a Sept 06 PC will have a network port to plug in the ethernet cable that comes with sky (or buy a longer ethernet patch cable if needed (up to 30m or custom up to 100m))

  setecio 22:02 11 May 2007

or for wireless, some people say a USB wireless dongle on a USB extension cable is better since it allows the antenna to be clear of the PC metal case for a better signal. click here

  Strawballs 22:12 11 May 2007

If your nephew does go for wired conection then tell him to make sure that the wireless is dissabled because it won't have encryption by default and anybody close by can use his internet connection.

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