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Do I need a wireless network adapter in order to connect to Wi-Fi?

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January 1, 2014 9:01:15 PM

I am going to be building my own computer soon, and I was on PC Part Picker and noticed that I didn't put in a wireless network adapter. Is this needed to connect to Wi-Fi? I will probably also be connecting my computer to Ethernet soon also, but until then I will be using Wi-Fi. The OS that I will be running on is Windows 8.1.
January 1, 2014 9:21:30 PM

Yea, probably.

Unless you're buying a motherboard that has it built in.
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January 1, 2014 9:21:43 PM

Some high end motherboards ship with an adapter but if one is not listed with your board you will need one.
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January 1, 2014 9:33:24 PM

You will need an adapter unless you have a motherboard with built in WiFi like the ASUS MAXIMUS VI IMPACT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Depending on your budget it might be more less expensive to just buy a good wirelees adapter like the TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I used one of these with good results for a couple of years. Now I use the ASUS USB-N66 Dual-band Wireless-N900 Adapter
because I have a dual ban router.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 1, 2014 9:38:11 PM

CepheiA said:
Yea, probably.

Unless you're buying a motherboard that has it built in.

Does the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ have one built in?
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January 2, 2014 12:59:09 AM

No it does not so you will need one, I have used different Rosewill ones and happy with all of them http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/wireless-network-card/#i=...
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