Connect an older desktop computer connected to a wireless network

by on February 17, 2010

Q: Is it possible to connect an older desktop computer to a wireless network?

A: Yes it is possible to connect an older desktop computer to a wireless network. The first thing you have to do is figure out what operating system you are running. You will need to know this to make sure you get a wireless adapter that will work with your computer. To figure this out you should be able to just turn on your computer and eventually there should be a big splash screen that says Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, etc.

For best results you should consider going with a wireless PCI card. This does require you have an available PCI slot in your computer. The downside to this is you have to open up your computer and install the card or you can bring it to a computer shop and have them do it for you for a little bit of money.

The other option would be to to go with a wireless USB adapter. This is a little easier because you just connect it to your USB connection but it is not as powerful and most require that you have USB 2.0 so you will have to do some research to make sure your USB ports are USB 2.0 or better.

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