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#1 GingersDad

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 09:06 PM

I have a combination modem/router supplied by my cable company that puts out a strong WiFi signal throughout my house. 

 

I'd like to use a desktop computer (running Windows 10) in another room from the router and don't want to run a cable into that room.  Is it possible to access my WiFi signal on my desktop computer and if so, what do I need to accomplish that?

 

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 09:17 PM

yes it is possible youd just need a wireless card or usb wireless adapter to plug into your desktop computer



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 09:20 PM

Bellkin makes a fairly cheap usb wireless adapter that you just plug in and go.

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 10:34 PM

Highly possible, though i would get this:

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EQT0YK2/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687662&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00JDVRCI0&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=02X2HCHBHY06HGFMDFT8

 

I have one, works fantastically

 

To heck with belkin, its a crap company


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#5 GingersDad

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Posted 28 May 2016 - 10:35 PM

I've discovered that my desktop, a Dell Inspiron 3847, is advertised as having Wi-Fi built in, but I have no idea how to access it.  I can find nothing on the Dell website, although there is something about a Wi-Fi switch on laptops, but there is no such switch on my desktop.  Any ideas about how to turn on my WiFi reception?



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Posted 28 May 2016 - 10:37 PM

Well its possible that yes it has built in wifi, but you would be able to see for yourself if you disconnect it from the modem/router.

You should have a software front end of some kind for it, rather it be dells software or within windows


Edited by MadmanRB, 28 May 2016 - 10:40 PM.

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 03:40 AM

What is the Express Service Tag onthe Dell Desk top you have?  With that we can determine if it does indeed have built in wireless and help identify the proper driver for it.



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:08 AM

The Express Service Code is 11451158210.

The Service Tag is 59DQ282



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 07:04 AM

Well its possible that yes it has built in wifi, but you would be able to see for yourself if you disconnect it from the modem/router.

You should have a software front end of some kind for it, rather it be dells software or within windows

Feeling stupid....I just disconnected the ethernet cable from the modem/router and the desktop is now connected via Wi-Fi.  Thanks!


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 07:06 AM

Well its possible that yes it has built in wifi, but you would be able to see for yourself if you disconnect it from the modem/router.
You should have a software front end of some kind for it, rather it be dells software or within windows

Feeling stupid....I just disconnected the desktop from the modem/router and the desktop is now connected via Wi-Fi.  Thanks!
no need to feel stupid because trust me Wi-Fi is not exactly a standard on a desktop its more common in laptops and such so don't feel too bad about asking this question

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