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    This is a discussion on Wireless help within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Morning all, I have just set up the Sky wireless router and can connect through my Iphone and PS3 but ...

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      Wireless help

      Morning all,

      I have just set up the Sky wireless router and can connect through my Iphone and PS3 but my PC Desktop will not connect. I am using Windows Vista and it allows me to check for wireless networks but can not find any.

      This makes me think that my PC is not wireless enabled but i am having a little trouble trying to establish this as i am not sure what to look for. My PC is an esytems EI307 bought from PCworld but i can't find any details when searching online.

      I have checked the device manager and the only things under network adapters are a 'Microsoft 6to4 adapter' and 'Realtek Ethernet'

      Am i right in thinking that my PC is not wireless enabled? and does this mean i need to buy an adapter from Sky?

      Thanks


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      Re: Wireless help

      Microsoft Windows XP, Vista & 7 all have the option in the control panel to setup a wireless network whether or not you have Wireless capabilities.

      Take a look at the rear of your desktop to see if you have a Wireless (WiFi) aerial. Also look at what you have plugged into your USB ports. You may have a WiFi dongle plugged into one of them.

      In case you don't know what the aerial might look like, take a look at the picture in this link. There are better cards available, this is purely for reference.

      If you don't have WiFi and your PC doesn't move around your home, then a cable connection offers a speedier connection. If it is a long way from your router, then you have a choice:

      a. long LAN cable
      b. a pair of HomePlug adapters

      The links above happen to be all to one website. This is for illustration purposes only. There may be cheaper products that suit your requirements elsewhere on the Internet or locally.

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      Re: Wireless help

      Your PC has a Foxconn 45GM motherboard which does not include wireless LAN, so unless you ordered it specifically when buying the machine, it does not have wireless capabilities.

      If you really want wireless and are confident in opening your PC then I would recommend installing a PCI card. I installed one of these recently for a friend and she finds it excellent. TP-Link TL-WN851N Wireless N PCI Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

      People get different results with wireless, depending a lot on the fabric of their home, some are quite happy and others are very disappointed with the experience. I would always recommend ethernet cable or homeplugs for a faster and more stable connection than wireless.

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      http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wifi_information_view.html/ TCPOptimiser /Test Socket

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      Re: Wireless help

      Thanks for the info guys

      I wouldn't feel too confident about opening up my PC to install anything and the PC is in one room and the router at the phone line next to front door so no chance of moving PC.

      It looks like the homeplugs should hopefully solve my problem. Just out of interest does anybody know what adapter I would get from sky and the cost?

      Thanks again for your help

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      Re: Wireless help

      The WiFi adapter that sky sells is to connect the Sky+ or Sky+ HD STBs to your LAN. From memory it is around 60-70. This isn't suitable for a Laptop or Desktop computer.

      You can purchase WiFi n dongles more cheaply for a PC. These plug into a USB port.

      Wired connections are less prone to signal loss than WiFi, so they tend to hold their speed better than WiFi.

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      Re: Wireless help

      I think Sky still sell the overpriced Netgear WG111T, but I could be wrong. Although Sky will only give support for adapters bought from them, from what I have seen it is minimal and not worth the cost of the adapter.

      USB adapters are very easy to install provided you follow the instructions. For a desktop, which is often actually hidden under the desk, I would recommend one with an extension cable, such as this - TP-Link TL-WN821NC Wireless-N USB Adapter w/ USB Dock Cradle (300Mbps) it can be moved around to get the best signal possible. You can connect a USB adapter to an extension cable, but the cradle makes it much nicer.

      Although more expensive, Homeplugs are the way to go.

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      Re: Wireless help

      Thanks again for the help.

      I was considering getting the adapter from Sky as it says on their website that they sell them if your PC is not wireless enabled and I assumed that it would be easier what with all the different variations available.

      Having considered your advice however I think I will initially try the cheaper USB wireless adapter as the signal is quite strong on my phone and PS3 so I will see how I get on with that.

      Thanks for the help

     

     

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