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Old computer with dial up properties only

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October 24, 2012 9:08:34 PM

Hello,
We have a wireless network for our home that we use with laptops, phones, tablets....We also have an old desktop that has nothing but dial up capability. Is there a driver I can download onto a flash dive and install to make it work with our router? The computer isnt something I want to invest money in but its still great for homework.
October 24, 2012 9:14:48 PM

You will need to add wireless hardware. The cheapest way to do this is if it has a USB2.0 port on it. You can pay around $20 for a wireless USB adapter that should work with your router. It will come with the driver.
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October 24, 2012 9:15:20 PM

Does it have a network card or wireless card?
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October 24, 2012 9:15:48 PM

What operating system is it running?
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October 24, 2012 10:51:34 PM

"We also have an old desktop that has nothing but dial up capability. " double check. Almost everything from win95 on had a hard wired ethernet port for a cat5 cable. It looks like a phone jack but has more wires. If you are in the same room as the router then you can just plug in. You will see the same jack empty on your router.

A wireless USB stick is $20-30, but will only work for winXP and later. You will not find one for an OS older than winXP. (And truly if the HW is older than XP you are better off not trying to use it. Ignoring the speed of the equipment, the failure rate on disk drives more than 10 years old is high.)
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