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questions about wireless internet adaptors ( usb )

by praxsdad / January 23, 2008 1:04 AM PST

i have a old compaq Presario model #12XL510 , running Xp it only have a dial up moden installed i was wondering if i could buy and use a wireless adaptor and simply put it in the USB port and be able to access the internet or would that not work ? this is a laptop i was going to give to my neice for her homework only so speed isnt a factor .. does anyone have any experance using a USB adaptor ?

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Mine work fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 1:08 AM PST

Is there a reason why you didn't try them?

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There Also Must Be A Wireless Access Point...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 23, 2008 1:37 AM PST

.., such as a router, or hotspot, where the laptop will be used.. If you're going to be using it at your house, then you'll need the connection...or if the niece will be using it elsewhere, there must be an access point there.

Just in case you're not familiar with such things...

Hope this helps.


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Mixed results
by Jimmy Greystone / January 23, 2008 2:01 AM PST

I've had mixed results with such devices. I bought some of the first models ever to come out, and they were pretty horrible. Poor range, poor performance, worse drivers.

I did manage to successfully use one for something of a guest computer for a year or two before it just finally stopped working for no apparent reason one day.

From the long-term perspective, it might be better to just run cable throughout the house and put network jacks in every room.

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