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do i need a modem?

by pl8302 / October 20, 2013 3:22 AM PDT

i live in an apartment bldg that offers wi-fi only. my laptop automatically shows the available connections to choose from. my desktop does not. i bought a wireless router but still do not have my connection options showing on my desktop. do i need a modem (remember i do not have cable or DSL internet to connect to, only the wi-fi) or am I connecting the router wrong? the router directions state to connect to a modem but also say its ok not to have a modem. i always thought the modem had to be connected to a cable or dsl connection. thank you for any help!!

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Yes. You need to connect a router to a modem.
by volvogirl / October 20, 2013 3:25 AM PDT
In reply to: do i need a modem?

But for your desktop you can just buy a wifi usb adaptor to connect to the wifi signal. They are pretty cheap. I have 2 desktops connected that way. I would return the router.

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thank you. so a usb adaptor, no router or modem. right?
by pl8302 / October 20, 2013 3:41 AM PDT

are usb adaptors okay for watching tv shows like on hulu or amazon prime? no router or modem needed?

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They're your only option, so use one.
by wpgwpg / October 20, 2013 3:56 AM PDT

How well it works will depend on what bandwidth you get via your landlord and how many bars you get when you connect via WiFi.

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Have you tried those with your laptop yet?
by volvogirl / October 20, 2013 7:05 AM PDT

It would probably work the same for the desktop.

Oh, by the way. Your apartment building has the modem and router that sends out the wireless signal for you all to use. So you don't need your own modem and router. Now if you don't want to use the apartment wifi you can probably sign up with cable or DSL on your own and pay the monthly cable fee. How do you get TV signal? Does the apartment provide that too?

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i don't need it for my laptop
by pl8302 / October 20, 2013 10:41 AM PDT

the laptop shows the available internet connections automatically, just the desktop that does not. its my desktop i need to be able to connect to the wi-fi internet and no, i have not had a chance to return the router and buy a usb adapter to see if that works. i wanted to make sure that is what i need. i thought it might be, but now i'm not sure.

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No I meant does hulu work on your laptop?
by volvogirl / October 20, 2013 2:07 PM PDT

If hulu and amazon work on the laptop ok then it will probably work on the desktop too with the usb adaptor.

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