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What's exactly needed for wireless network?

by nyjets011269 / May 24, 2005 6:15 PM PDT

I want to set up my main computer that is hooked up to a cable modem running xp pro with my older desktop running 98se. Can I just hook up a wireless broadband router to my cable modem and plug in a usb adapter into my old computer? Is there anything else I would need to buy or do? Thank's.

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that would do it.
by Dick White / May 25, 2005 1:02 AM PDT

That would work. However, be aware that WiFi hadn't been invented when Win98 was designed, so the operating system support for it is limited to the add-in drivers and supplemental WiFi client management utilities provided by the device manufacturer. Some security layers, such as WPA, are not available in Win98 unless you purchase additional 3rd-party software. If it were me, I'd hardwire the Win98 system to the router if at all possible. If that old system has now been moved upstairs/downstairs/whereever and you can't run an ethernet cable from it to the router, well, then you have to live with Win98's WiFi minor limitations.


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My older Compaq laptop. . .
by Coryphaeus / May 26, 2005 12:11 PM PDT

Running W98SE connected the first time. I have a D-link wireless router, plugged in a D-link wireless PCMCIA NIC into the laptop, ran the installation software, the router found it, it found the router, and done.

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