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double n cards?

by Peter Saysell / April 29, 2011 8:11 AM PDT

I have been told by my internet provider that I need to have a double n card fitted to my computer in order to operate a wireless router on it. it works on windows XP. Could this this true or is there a way round it?

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Clarification Request
Can you tell a little more?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2011 8:14 AM PDT
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I would have to guess that you wanted to avoid getting a router by using your computer as a router. While there are some discussions about that, most of the time it involves too much tweaking and has shown to be unstable.

Tell more about what you are trying to do.
Bob

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Clarification Request
Did I miss something here?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 1, 2011 5:22 AM PDT
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Is this a laptop or a PC Desktop?

If a laptop, does it have a wireless card already installed inside?

If it is a Desktop PC, generally there is no internal wireless card, so it will not connect wirelessly to a router. However on my Dell Dimension Desktop running XP I overcame that with a simple USB wireless adapter, eg something like this;
http://www.hedonmediasupplies.net/images/product_jpgs/accs/netgear_usb.jpg

However, there was a Catch 22 with mine. I had to access the router's setup page, (using my browser), to setup wireless, but I couldn't access it with the adapter until it was setup. So, I had to connect to the router by cable whilst the adapter was connected, access the router setup page using my browser, set up the passwords and security for wireless, then shut down, remove the PC to router wired connection, then boot up again before the adapter would connect me. It was all very confusing at the time.

But your router setup manual will show you what to do.

Mark

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Double n Cards
by Peter Saysell / April 29, 2011 8:19 AM PDT
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Hello Bob

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Sorry but that's a very odd setup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2011 8:26 AM PDT
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Most setups have us connect to the internet with some cable modem, DSL modem and then we add a router to that modem.

If I connected a wireless router to my PC it would be with ethernet or wifi to set it up. But all that would be in the router's manual.

As it is very unclear what the setup is, we'll have to wait for more story and what parts and connections as well as what the goal is here.
Bob

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Double n Cards
by Peter Saysell / April 29, 2011 8:31 AM PDT

No I have used cables to the modem, ethernet linked not wifi.

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let's try a little more blunt.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2011 8:34 AM PDT
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You have a modem.

You are trying to avoid adding a router.

Is that the goal?

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Double n cards
by Peter Saysell / April 29, 2011 8:41 AM PDT

No I have a modem, a Router and it is connected via ethernet but it will not connect wirelessly. The only way I can get it to work is to hook it up with the telephone wire as well and make it wired.

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Tell more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2011 8:46 AM PDT
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Without make, model of modem, router it's not possible to see where the issue is.

It could be that you want to not use the phone wire but for DSL that is MANDATORY from the wall to the DSL modem. Let's hope this is not the goal.
Bob

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Double N Cards
by Peter Saysell / April 29, 2011 8:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Tell more.

Ok Will try again.

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Most all routers REQUIRE that they be set up ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 30, 2011 9:03 AM PDT
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and most have wireless disabled by default.

Have you actually set up the router? Had you taken the time in your initial post to tell us the make and model of the router we could have helped more.

Dig out the user manual that came with the router and Read The Fine Manual about setting up wireless connections.

That manual will casually mention that the computer will NEED to have a Wireless Network card installed and set up too in case you haven't got one installed.

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