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Is it possible to install Wi-Fi on an older (c. 2004) Windows XP PC?


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#1 Just_One_Question

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 05:29 PM

Hello

Due to some unexpected circumstances in my life I will be switching back to my first computer in a few weeks time. I'm not particularly informed when it comes to technology so excuse my poor descriptive skills. I do however know that the PC I'll be using is over a decade old, has a 1.6Ghz single-core AMD processor, a 128MB video card, 512MB of RAM (DDR 2, I believe), 80GB hard disk, a floppy and CD+DVD drive and all the other devices that usually came with the standard computers at the time. It has a Windows XP Service Pack 3 OS. I remember that I have left the machine completely clean both inside and out of the case and also free of any bloatware software-wise. It was stored in my closet along ​​with it's monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers under a blanket - so I know I wouldn't have a problem with it starting up and performing as well as it did the day we bought it.

 

The problem I have is t​hat we've been using a Wi-Fi network at our apartment for the past couple of years and I am 100% sure that the computer doesn't support Wi-Fi and can only be used with an Ethernet cable plugged-in to get online.

Naturally, my question is as follows:
Is there a way that I could somehow install Wi-Fi on the computer through, I suppose, an outside device that can be plugged in it or maybe an internal hardware upgrade? Does such a thing exist or is this computer doomed to never get connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi?

Once again, I would be greatly appreciative of any helpful answer since I am not the wisest, nor the most experienced when it comes to gadgets. And please excuse any mistakes that I might have made in my request - English is not my native language, so I would be more than helpful on expanding on any of the things that maybe have not been clear in the text.

Thank you. :)


Edited by Just_One_Question, 02 October 2016 - 05:32 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2016 - 05:34 PM

Hi
 

Is there a way that I could somehow install Wi-Fi on the computer through, I suppose, an outside device that can be plugged in

You could try a WiFi dongle they are cheap and work well.

 

Something like this.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mini-150Mbps-USB-Wireless-N-WiFi-Lan-Adapter-Dongle-High-Signal-Gain-802-11n-g-b-/261495370521?hash=item3ce256b319:g:BE8AAOxyrrpTjE6R



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Posted 02 October 2016 - 05:41 PM

Hi
 

Is there a way that I could somehow install Wi-Fi on the computer through, I suppose, an outside device that can be plugged in

You could try a WiFi dongle they are cheap and work well.

 

Something like this.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mini-150Mbps-USB-Wireless-N-WiFi-Lan-Adapter-Dongle-High-Signal-Gain-802-11n-g-b-/261495370521?hash=item3ce256b319:g:BE8AAOxyrrpTjE6R

 

Thank you, this appears to be exactly the type of thing I was looking for - seems both effective and easy enough to understand for someone like me. Thank you once again :)


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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:20 PM

You are most welcome.






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