So I just bought a used desktop computer and want to set up the internet on it. The network is setup, I have a functioning router. What equipment do I need to buy in order to get the desktop connected to the network?
A network card?
A network adapter?
Also how do I know which brand and model to select?
This is probably a really newbie question but I have been using a laptop for 4 years which had a network card pre-installed so I haven't had to do anything like this before.
on the back of the machine, there should be an ethernet port next to the usb ports,
pretty much every modern motherboard has integrated ethernet these days.
so if you have a working router then all you need is an ethernet cable if you want to go with a wired connection, or if your router is capable of wireless and you want that option then you will need to purchase either a pci or usb wireless card for your desktop machine.
does your router have aerials? if not your stuck with a wired connection.