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    USB Wireless Adapter

    This is a discussion on USB Wireless Adapter within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I have just dug out our old desktop, 4 years old but I have got to get a USB Adapter ...

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      USB Wireless Adapter

      I have just dug out our old desktop, 4 years old but I have got to get a USB Adapter to go wireless. My next door neighbour has a netgear adapter with disk and he has offered it to me so my question will it work?

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      Re: USB Wireless Adapter

      This is a very difficult question to answer.

      Firstly check that the adapter is compatible with the operating system on your PC. Some will insist that they have Service Pack 1, 2 or 3 installed. Does your PC need these?

      You may need to plug the PC in initially with an Ethernet cable. Most computers sold 4 years ago had a 10/100 LAN port as standard, but then they also had USB2.0 ports as standard too.

      Take a look at the software supplied and check what is on the old PC.

      It is likely that if your PC is of an age that it didn't have USB ports fitted, it might be unable to cope with decent Anti-Virus software and browsing the web.

      Personally I wouldn't recommend a PC with less than a 1Mhz processor & 512MB RAM. I know that others will say that they have other lesser machines working, but this is only a recommendation.

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      Re: USB Wireless Adapter

      Taste and try before you buy is the best way. Also check that it is at least capable of 54g, if it is an old 11b one, I would not touch it. Another consideration is the cost, you can get a wireless N adapter for under a tenner, Netgears start at about 15.

      If your PC is only 4 years old it will handle it no problem, just make sure you have up-to-date AV installed as soon as possible. Also update the OS as soon as you are connected.

      Remember to run the disk before you plug the adapter in, it will tell you when to do this during the setup. Many dive right in, plug in the adapter before installing the drivers and end up with all sorts of problems.


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