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How do i connect my new rig to our wireless network?

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January 4, 2013 10:17:14 AM

I installed the chipset and LAN drivers, but its asking me to plug in an ethernet cable which I do not believe we have. Also, it will not detect any wireless networks. How can I connect my computer to the network?
January 4, 2013 10:21:26 AM

Eh. We're gonna need more info there buddy. What chipset. To connect to a wifi network you'll be needing a wifi card most likely. LAN Drivers are for ethernet cables/LAN cables.
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January 4, 2013 10:33:02 AM

songoku619 said:
Eh. We're gonna need more info there buddy. What chipset. To connect to a wifi network you'll be needing a wifi card most likely. LAN Drivers are for ethernet cables/LAN cables.


amd 970 chipset.
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January 4, 2013 10:42:04 AM

The chipset doesn't have "wireless LAN" You'll have to buy a WIFI Card/USB Device to connect to your Wireless network.

Or buy a LAN/Ethernet cable which are quite cheap if you are thinking of gaming. Wifi generally comes with lag if you're gaming online and your router is far from your PC
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January 4, 2013 11:04:41 AM

songoku619 said:
The chipset doesn't have "wireless LAN" You'll have to buy a WIFI Card/USB Device to connect to your Wireless network.

Or buy a LAN/Ethernet cable which are quite cheap if you are thinking of gaming. Wifi generally comes with lag if you're gaming online and your router is far from your PC


Yeah, unfortunately our router is on the entire other side of the house....Is there a windows update that allows for a wireless connection? I just found our ethernet cable so I could connect to the internet long enough to install the windows 7 updates, and then hopefully I'd be able to connect wirelessly.
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January 4, 2013 11:22:55 AM

The motherboard itself doesn't come with physical hardware to support wifi. You'd have to get a wifi card and plug it into a pci/pci-e slot or use a usb device to receive the connection and process it.

It's like saying you want to tow a caravan but your car doesn't have a physical towbar. You can't upgrade the car's computer to support a caravan :p 
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January 4, 2013 12:04:47 PM

songoku619 said:
The motherboard itself doesn't come with physical hardware to support wifi. You'd have to get a wifi card and plug it into a pci/pci-e slot or use a usb device to receive the connection and process it.

It's like saying you want to tow a caravan but your car doesn't have a physical towbar. You can't upgrade the car's computer to support a caravan :p 


It's strange that this is the first I've heard of this....I've seen countless builds and no one ever includes a wifi card...hmm. Is there any way to tell whether or not my motherboard comes with that hardware to support the wifi? Or is it just a given fact that no motherboards do...If you're absolutely sure I'll need a wifi card, could you point me in the direction of a good one?
Also, you mentioned a usb device. That seems easier to set up than a wifi card. Is there any performance difference between the two?
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January 4, 2013 12:30:26 PM

Generally desktop motherboards don't come with wifi. Those that do mostly come with an add-on wifi card. Most new laptops however come with wifi.

With regards to performance wifi cards typically perform better. But USB means you can use it on different machines should you need to. Here's an article on the subject:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/243226/the_desktop_wirel...

I've had good experience with linksys/asus products. Just make sure you have the required slots in your PC. PCI/PCI-e etc. if you decide to go with a wifi card.
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January 4, 2013 12:53:35 PM

songoku619 said:
Generally desktop motherboards don't come with wifi. Those that do mostly come with an add-on wifi card. Most new laptops however come with wifi.

With regards to performance wifi cards typically perform better. But USB means you can use it on different machines should you need to. Here's an article on the subject:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/243226/the_desktop_wirel...

I've had good experience with linksys/asus products. Just make sure you have the required slots in your PC. PCI/PCI-e etc. if you decide to go with a wifi card.


Okay, thanks for the advice. I think I'm going to go with the usb device for simplicity's sake. I do intend to do a fair amount of gaming however. What would you say is the best wireless usb adapter I could get?
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January 4, 2013 1:23:52 PM

songoku619 said:
I know a few people who use this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


That does look pretty good....Only problem is, I'm assuming the disc that comes with it is required to install drivers, get it up and running, etc. I don't have a working optical drive. I've been installing everything via flash drive so far. Actually, now that I think about it, could I put the stuff from that disc onto a flash drive, using the same method I did for Windows 7?
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January 4, 2013 2:21:18 PM

Drivers for products are always available online by manufacturers and should be updated when available as they include bugfixes and performance improvements.

Here's the web add for the premiertek drivers:
http://www.premiertek.net/top/download.html

Once downloaded they can be put on a flash drive and installed elsewhere. You could also just copy it from the disc using another PC as suggested.
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January 4, 2013 3:39:01 PM

songoku619 said:
Drivers for products are always available online by manufacturers and should be updated when available as they include bugfixes and performance improvements.

Here's the web add for the premiertek drivers:
http://www.premiertek.net/top/download.html

Once downloaded they can be put on a flash drive and installed elsewhere. You could also just copy it from the disc using another PC as suggested.


Okay, thanks for all the help!
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January 4, 2013 3:39:19 PM

Best answer selected by TheScarecrow97.
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January 4, 2013 4:01:37 PM

My pleasure :)  Happy gaming!
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