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Upgrade a older Home PC to wireless

Last response: in Wireless Networking
November 17, 2010 8:16:44 PM

Had to move my modem and wireless router to the basement. I have a PC wired to that setup in the basement and have a laptop we use in the kitchen via wireless.

I have another PC upstairs that I would also like to access the internet. The router is a NetGear and the PC is a older Gateway 700xl I think.

What kind of adapter would I need to make this happen? Two story house and router is in basement. Didn't know if I needed something stronger to span that distance.
a c 75 F Wireless
November 17, 2010 8:45:50 PM

have you tried to test the signal strength on the second floor?

I would buy a PCI wireless network card
November 18, 2010 1:41:26 AM

I can bring the laptop up to check signal.

Any card will do or is there better ones then others?
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a c 75 F Wireless
November 18, 2010 2:59:32 AM

What type of router do you have?
November 18, 2010 5:19:53 PM

Its a Netgear WGR614 v6
November 18, 2010 9:06:25 PM

I'm in the room upstairs now with the laptop and I still have full strength. So it seems the signal won't be a problem.

Can I save some money getting one with less antennas or isn't it that much less? If I could go with less could you point me to one on newegg?

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a c 75 F Wireless
November 18, 2010 9:43:50 PM

Don't get a NIC with fixed antennas, in case you have signal problems, you cannot add a booster antenna.

By the way try to run the NIC without the supplied software first (only install drivers). Should you have problems use the software.

November 19, 2010 3:58:25 PM

Best answer selected by bmlocal175.
November 19, 2010 3:58:53 PM