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post #11 of 21
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In my flat there are two pc's. My pc who is working just fine with cable conection from internet and other pc which is in other room. So I wouldnt like draging no wires there.


My modem is a Cisco epc3925

The mobo on the old pc I could not find. Tried to google ways to find mobo, but that required having to download some software that checks it for you, but since there is no internet on that pc nor do I have a flash drive, Couldnt do it. Is there a more basic way to check for the motherboard I have?


Kappy, the old pc is for a person who uses internet for checking mails, making reports and in that nature. No need for a pricey fast net solution for him.

The budget and comparability is the keywords here smile.gif


I don'y really care with what I go, USB or a wireless adapter. I guess USB is pretty universal.

I'd like to go with an option that is most common and compatible with any types of Pc's eliminating the possibility of it not working .
post #12 of 21
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You can definitely find cheap wireless cards out there, either PCI or USB. From my experience, the PCI option would definitely be the best choice if possible.
What operating system does this computer run? XP? You say old, I start thinking older than XP... hopefully not windows ME? lol
When getting a wireless adapter, make sure to pay attention to supported operating systems.
My recommended option for wireless (if space is not a tight issue) would be to get an old router, flash it with some dd-wrt, and turn it into an wireless gateway. This basically allows you to put the router next to the computer, the router picks up signal from your other router, plug the computer into an Ethernet port on the router... and... Internet wink.gif
This might take a little bit of skill/knowledge to do, so might not be the best choice for this.

That pc has Windows XP, and I am really looking for a quick fix that works and wont give me no trouble.


And since the network adapter it has no has a CNET pro200 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter, another PCI adapter just a Wireless one should work, right ?
post #13 of 21
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That pc has Windows XP, and I am really looking for a quick fix that works and wont give me no trouble.
And since the network adapter it has no has a CNET pro200 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter, another PCI adapter just a Wireless one should work, right ?

There may not be XP drivers, just a word of warning. Have you considered using Ubuntu to give you a gui just for internet browsing on the old machine? The open source drivers tend to work with just about anything.
post #14 of 21
i use a D-link wireless N range booster USB dongle on my xp laptop and work great, decent speeds all over the house.. smile.gif
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Thank you all for your Input. Was expecting max 2 responses tbh smile.gif
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There may not be XP drivers, just a word of warning. Have you considered using Ubuntu to give you a gui just for internet browsing on the old machine? The open source drivers tend to work with just about anything.

Well, my friend is not a computer person.

If I'd lay a completely new operating system in front of him he'd look at me weird, accept it and when I wouldn't be home h'ed probably ask another friend over to reinstal the old Windows xp back, just to not hurt my feelings smile.gif

Even tho I know that Ubunt isnt very different from windows when it comes to basics, like copy, paste, shut down, open files etc.


But I'm actually more confused now than I was before I started this thread. So many choices.

I think I will go with either: http://www.galador.ee/catalog/product/155083-tl-wn751nd-wrl-150mbps-adapter-pci-tl-wn751nd-tp-link PCI adapter

Or USB adapter: http://www.arvutikeskus.ee/rus/120/D-Link+DWA-125/D-LINK-DWA-125-80211b-g-n-USB-wireless-adapter-Compatible-with-80211b-g-n-50111

Both very cheep versions.
post #16 of 21
Personally, I would go with the PCI adapter, the USB ones are prone to being snapped/broken. The TP LINK card you listed should do you fine, though its probably not the best of quality. As for Bluetooth, its a slightly different technology, and requires a separate adapter. You can get small USB ones from eBay or similar places. Like this

Hope that helps smile.gif
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post #18 of 21
I'd also say the TP-Link Adapter.
My friend has the TP-Link and it works fine in his HTPC PC.

I've had a D-link USB adapters that kinda work but not great.
Especially with the DWA-130 which doesn't like anything over Vista, and overheating.
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An old PC needs to get on Wireless ? NO an old pc needs to get in the dumpster so you can build a newer one tongue.gif
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Yes because ditching a system for that is a good idea of course. May be an old Celly but it does the job doesn't it?

 

Go with a PCI card if you can. Check that the case takes full height PCI cards and that the board has free PCI slots. The board name should be on the motherboard itself, if its a branded PC you could give us the make and model and we could find out. Go with the best speed you can get. If you only have G, go for an N anyway to futureproof.

 

Chances are it has USB 2.0 so USB would work but my experience of USB adapters isn't good, they get broken easily.

 

Any brand should be fine, I would avoid Tenda personally if you see their adapters. Cheap, but the signal is crap, they're flimsy and drivers take forever to download. I would go TP-Link or D-Link, I would also recommend NOT to use the wireless software that comes with it. I would use the built in Windows XP wireless connection utilities. If it's an older system, you don't want to bog it down.

 

Just a few observations from running older PCs on the Internet, if the PC is going to be used for web browsing I'd make sure you have at LEAST 512MB, preferably at least 1GB of RAM. This will make it a perfectly usable system. If wanted, you could find a cheap upgrade for the CPU (I assume socket 478?), or maybe a cheap used AGP GPU (might be worth it if you have limited RAM, frees up some of the RAM taken up by your IGP). Use a light AV - I usually use Avast because on 512MB or less I find Microsoft Security Essentials too slow.

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