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Newbie Going from Cable to Wi-Fi


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#1 rophon

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 10:37 AM

This could be a stupid question, but I don't know enough about computers to know what I'm doing! :(

I'm about to move my elderly father into a retirement home. He loves sending emails and getting on Facebook.  He currently has an older Dell Optiplex 740 Desktop (running Windows 7 Home), which is now connected to the internet via CABLE.  His ISP is Earthlink.

The retirement home apparently only has wi-fi -- not cable. What will  I need to do to get him connected to the internet? Will the computer connect automatically? Or do I need to buy some kind of "wi-fi connector" thingy? Is there anything else I need to know?

Thanks for any help you can give me!

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#2 CaveDweller2

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 02:03 PM

I'm all for keeping the elderly connected to family =)

 

You just need to buy a USB connector. I bought this and it works for me. I am not saying buy this one but this is what you are looking for. I'm 95% I plugged it in and windows did the driver install for me. So it doesn't have to be expensive less than $20...a good bit less actually.


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#3 rophon

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 10:35 AM

Thank you, CD2! I'm going to try that. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! :hello:

 

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 06:24 AM

Other option may be to have a wireless card installed in the pc? I have heard mixed reviews on USB dongles, not always the most reliable connections.






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