Setting up a wireless connection on first PC build

Hi there,

I've just recently completed my first PC build. I've finally troubleshot my way through installing Windows 7 and connecting an Ethernet cord to get internet and add an Anti Virus. The only issue is I don't have access to a LAN outlet in my apartment so I'll need a wireless connection.

I share a modem with my roommates upstairs but for some reason my computer doesn't pick up the network. Is there a process setting up a network for the first time or something I need to troubleshoot in order to detect it?

Any advice would be great.


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Usually the usual is the usual.

When I install W7 SP1 I get to update the BIOS, install the OS, then the drivers in the order of motherboard, audio, video then LAN, WiFi and other things.

Then it usually works.

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Followed recipe but still no dice

I updated the BIOS, installed the OS and loaded all of the relevant drivers from the CDROM that came with the motherboard. When I go into the Device Manager on Windows and then click on Network Adapters only the the LAN one shows up [Intel(R)32579VGigabitNetworkConnection]. I tried downloading Intel PROset wireless software but it asked me to specify a file to import during installation and I couldn't figure out what file was appropriate.

Any idea's where to go from here?

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I don't see any WiFi in the posts so far.

Where is this WiFi?

The 32578V is not WiFi.

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That's the issue
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Again, what WiFi?

I don't see this product has WiFi and we can't download hardware today.

Go get some USB WiFi stick or PCIe WiFi to add this capability.

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That would do it

I was a bit naive and didn't realize I needed an adapter. Any recommendations on onw for a budget build (approx. $800)?

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Well first your wireless card has to

see the signal. Do you know that ethernet and Wireless are 2 different cards? Seeing the signal happens when you are in range and once you see the site you attempt to connect to it.

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Got it...

Yep realized I need a separate card for wireless. Working on that now.

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