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- 24-01-07, 09:28 PM #1
Hi, I already have Sky Broadband on the computer I'm using now, using the Netgear wireless router.
I'm thinking of getting another CHEAP computer from eBay for my bedroom - I'll get the USB WIFI thingy from PC-World or somewhere.
What are the minimum requirements that I'll need to set up the wireless in my room? And will it work on most computers?
It doesnt need to be the best computer, I really only use computers for Internet.
- 24-01-07, 10:03 PM #2Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
Any PC within the last 3 to 4 years should be ok I would have thought, just make sure it has Windows XP on it and over 1ghz and about 256mb ram minimum.
(If you buy one second hand - try and ensure it has a genuine copy of windows with it, as it will be hard to get M$ updates with out it)
- 24-01-07, 10:59 PM #3
Okay, well I had a search and found this:
Single question and answers : Yahoo! Tech
Does that mean any computer with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP would be OK?
What would I need to do once I get the 2nd computer if its not Windows XP. If its 98/2000.
Would I just plug in the USB WIFI into the 2nd-computer and then follow the instructions?
It wont matter that the Netgear router stays plugged into the existing computer?
It really doesnt need to be a great computer, just for browsing, MSN... So I dont really want to pay extra for XP or whatever if I dont need to!
- 24-01-07, 11:06 PM #4Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
As long as the USB dongle type thingy has drivers for Windows 98, 2000 or XP that you are looking at - it will work on whatever PC you buy with whatever OS as long as it matches the drivers.
If you have a choice 2000 would be better than 98 and try and stay clear of Millenium Edition, XP would be great if you could.
As regards setting the wireless up its a doddle and theres loads of helpful people on here to help you if you get stuck.
- 24-01-07, 11:18 PM #5
Ok thanks, I hope to get a PC tomorrow, from a PC-Shop if theres one cheap enough or probably eBay. Theres PCs for £50 inc delivery and if I can get the internet working, thats great...
I went to a computer fair tonight in Aintree but they were all new PCs costing more than I had.
- 24-01-07, 11:24 PM #6
As NR said,
You may have problems using a USB wireless dongle with Win98 as I cannot use my linksys one on this PC which uses Win98 first ed.
Best to check the manufacturer's site for system requirements as I found the sites that sell the dongles to be vague to say the least.
- 25-01-07, 06:07 PM #7
OK, well, I decided not to get another computer just yet and try and make something out of my older computers.
Took ram/hd/sound out of an older one and put it in another computer.
Managed to get XP setup correctly, though I may have problems with the activation.
Can't try the wireless until tomorrow, but if I buy a USB WIFI for this 2nd computer, will that need a Network card too or not?
- 25-01-07, 10:46 PM #8
I'm going to get a USB tomorrow - will any USB/PCI wifi work with the Sky Netgear router? I dont need need a certain type or not?
- 25-01-07, 10:49 PM #9Site FounderExchange: Marshalls CrossBroadband ISP: Sky Broadband UnlimitedRouter: Sagem F@ST 2504nSky TV: Sky+HD box
I would buy the netgear one personnally.
I think its this one
NETGEAR WG111T at PC World - Cheap Wireless Network Cards - NETGEAR WG111T WIRELESS 108MBPS USB ADAPTER
And as far as I know Sky are selling this one at £20.00 if you can hang on a few days for delivery.
- 25-01-07, 11:33 PM #10
Sky sent me the WG111v2 54mbps USB Adapter a couple of weeks ago when I ordered Broadband and not the T model. If you're after a particular one, I think it's best to ask Sky which they are going to be sending you as I should have done.
Last edited by hermann; 25-01-07 at 11:43 PM.