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New pc does not come with modem

by macthella / January 21, 2010 9:03 AM PST

If the new PC I am planning to buy does not come with a modem but does have an ethernet connection does this mean it can still connect to the internet with a separate wireless modem.

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by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 21, 2010 10:58 AM PST

Unfortunately, you don't indicate the type of "Modem" you're referring to.. If you want to use a dial-up modem for connecting to the internet and it doesn't have one, then simply install one.. You don't mention whether the machine is a desktop or laptop, but either way, there are modem devices which will work effectively.

On the other hand, if you want to go wirelessly to a WIFI router, then laptops or desktops also have wireless adapters which can be installed if it doesn't already have one. They're available in both PCI card and USB dongle varieties. Or if it's got an ethernet port only, those options are also available so you only need to plug an ethernet cable in to a wireless router..

You'll need to be a little more specific as to the EXACT type of connection you want to use and the type of computer you're getting..

Hope this helps.


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Looking to buy a desktop
by macthella / January 21, 2010 11:26 AM PST
In reply to: Options...

Hi Grif thanks for the swift response
I currently have a laptop which does not allow for much expansion for things like TV cards etc. and there are only so many usb ports.

I am looking to purchase a desktop and noticed that the 'pick the options' version often have a modem as an optional extra over and above the basic unit.

The old laptop has an internal modem plus wireless and we have a wireless router in the house as well. Since I already have this wireless router I was wanting to know if I needed a modem for a desktop or just the Ethernet port that apparently is included which I guess I would just plug straight into.

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Wired vs wireless . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 21, 2010 10:42 PM PST
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Yep, As Wayne Described...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 22, 2010 4:20 AM PST

With the new desktop, if you want to place the computer within distance to use a "wired" ethernet cable, you'll simply need to plug it in using CAT5/6 cable. Most wireless routers also have ethernet plugs in the front or back which will accept ethernet cable.

On the other hand, if you want to connect wirelessly, make sure there is a wireless adapter installed in the new desktop.. It can done with either an internal wireless card or an external USB plug.. Your choice.

Hope this helps.


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