Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

All wireless?

by Joyce F / May 26, 2010 11:48 PM PDT

My home system consists of a desktop which is connected to a router by cable, and a laptop which connects wirelessly. I'd like to move my desktop to another room which is far from my modem and router. Is it true that one computer has to be connected by wire? I'm not even sure that my desktop has wireless capability. Desktop is a 2 yr old HP Pavilion and uses Windows Vista if that matters.

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: All wireless?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: All wireless?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
There are "bridges"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 26, 2010 11:54 PM PDT
In reply to: All wireless?

Without a model number I can't see if that model had WIFI and without the number of meters or feet I can't say wifi is the answer. But let's note that AC POWERLINE BRIDGES are an option for many.

Google or use Amazon to find AC POWERLINE BRIDGES. As the maker documents what these are, how to use and install I'll stop here.

Collapse -
model number
by Joyce F / May 27, 2010 2:59 AM PDT
In reply to: There are "bridges"

It's HP Pavilion a6003f and about 30 feet away.

Collapse -
Could not find that model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2010 4:28 AM PDT
In reply to: model number
Collapse -
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2010 7:56 PM PDT
In reply to: link to computer shows no standard wifi. You can add it with your choice of wifi card and while some dis USB WIFI, I use them but you can imagine that I'm self supporting and will not give it much time and will swap a non-working solution out in minutes.

Ok, add wifi and it should be fine at 30 feet. Or get a powerline bridge and forget wifi and all that you would have to learn.
Collapse -
Ahh, so it was a 6300 vs. 6003? AND.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2010 7:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks.
Collapse -
To answer the wired question . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 27, 2010 9:58 PM PDT
In reply to: All wireless?

You must use a wired connection to set up the router. After all is set up and running you add the wireless adapter to the desktop and unplug the Ethernet cable. Remember this. If you need to reconfigure you must do it wired. Well, let me clarify. You can make changes wirelesly but if you make a mistake you can loose connectivity. Best to do it wired.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 49,613 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,349 discussions
Laptops 19,436 discussions
Security 30,426 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,308 discussions
Windows 10 360 discussions
Phones 15,802 discussions
Windows 7 7,351 discussions
Networking & Wireless 14,641 discussions


Free trip to the Grand Prix

Don't miss your chance to win a trip to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco for you and a plus-one.