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April 18, 2013 1:25:43 AM

Hello guys and gals,

I'm building my first PC soon, which (hopefully) specializes in gaming. Right now my only question is, "how do I get my PC to work Wireless?"

I have a USB Netgear 300Mbps Adapter for my old pre-built PC, but do I need a Wireless Adapter or Network Interface card? If not, do I need certain drivers for the USB ports on my build? Also I know this is a little off topic for this forum, but are AsRock Z77 motherboards reliable? I've checked ASUS and they seem more reliable in reviews and such on Newegg.com.

Any advice is appreciated,

Thanks

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April 18, 2013 5:15:19 AM

Oscar2603 said:
Hello guys and gals,

I'm building my first PC soon, which (hopefully) specializes in gaming. Right now my only question is, "how do I get my PC to work Wireless?"

I have a USB Netgear 300Mbps Adapter for my old pre-built PC, but do I need a Wireless Adapter or Network Interface card? If not, do I need certain drivers for the USB ports on my build? Also I know this is a little off topic for this forum, but are AsRock Z77 motherboards reliable? I've checked ASUS and they seem more reliable in reviews and such on Newegg.com.

Any advice is appreciated,

Thanks



Hii Oscar2603, since you are setting up wireless network, I think I can help you with certain steps.

Getting the right equipment. Before you can set up your wireless network, you need the following items:
1. Setting up the modem and Internet connection
2. Positioning the wireless router

You'll want to put your wireless router somewhere where it will receive the strongest signal with the least amount of interference. For the best results, follow these tips:

Position your wireless router in a central location. Place the router as close to the center of your home as possible to increase the strength of the wireless signal throughout your home.

Position the wireless router off of the floor and away from walls and metal objects, such as metal file cabinets. The fewer physical obstructions between your computer and the router's signal, the more likely that you'll be using the router's full signal strength.

Reduce interference. 802.11g networking equipment uses a 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency. This is the same frequency as most microwaves and many cordless phones. If you turn on the microwave or get a call on a cordless phone, your wireless signal might be temporarily interrupted. You can avoid most of these issues by using a cordless phone with a higher frequency, such as 5.8 GHz.

3. Securing your wireless network

Security is always important; with a wireless network, it is even more important because your network's signal could go beyond the boundaries of your home. If you don't secure your network, people with computers nearby might be able to access the information stored on your network computers and use your Internet connection to get onto the web. To help secure your network, do the following:

Protect your router by changing the default user name and password. Most router manufacturers have a default user name and password on the router as well as a default network name. Someone could use this information to access your router without you knowing it. To avoid that risk, change the default user name and password for your router. Check the information that came with your device for instructions.

Set up a security key for your network. Just as file cabinets have keys and safes have combinations, wireless networks have a network security key to help protect them from unauthorized access. To set up a network security key, follow these steps:

Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Network and Internet, and then clicking Network and Sharing Center.

In the left pane, click Set up a connection or network.

Click Set up a wireless router or access point, and then click Next.

4. Adding computers to your network

To connect your laptop or desktop computer to your wireless network, follow these steps:

Open Connect to a Network by clicking the Start button , and then clicking Connect to.

In the list of networks, click the network that you want to connect to, and then click Connect.

Enter the security key. You can either type in the key or insert a USB flash drive that contains the security key into a USB port on the computer.
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April 18, 2013 5:25:03 AM

To get your new computer up and running, you can re-use that Netgear USB wireless adapter. If windows doesn't automatically load a driver for it, you might have to load one from Netgear's web site. No other wireless adapter or NIC would be needed. When you are up and running, you could then consider replacing your Netgear USB wireless adapter with a PCIe adapter or other USB adapter if you feel that you need better wireless performance.
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April 18, 2013 5:45:32 AM

Thanks for the tips fellas. My router is already in the centre of the hall so its about 9-10metres from my PC. Thanks.
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