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January 29, 2013 1:36:13 AM

I'm obviously not a tech head (lol). Question is, being almost brand new to desktop computers, I am wondering how the hell to connect one to the internet... Probably one of the dumbest questions you'll ever see, but IDK what to buy to connect to the internet. My gaming station in in my 'man cave' in the basement, and my wife wants it to stay there, so if I have to drill a hole in the floor for a cable then that's what I gotta do. But I figured I'd ask this here first and figure it out now. What do I need to connect this computer to the Wireless Router upstairs?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... :hello: 
Edit: I guess it's better just to ask, will a ethernet cable work? I'd much rather spend less money AND get a better signal for some pretty demanding games, and drill a hole. Just need to know if a cable would work or not.

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January 29, 2013 4:35:55 AM

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

A cable will probably be your best bet to get the best out of your gaming machine but wireless is more flexible in serving other computers in the house. Routers are fairly cheap these days and if you already have one, why not make use of it?

Everything you need to know about how to find the password the computer needs to know - also known as the security key - is in our Sticky Post on the subject and here is a link to it. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/38111-18-find-chang...
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January 29, 2013 9:59:00 AM

So a standard Ethernet cable would work?
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January 29, 2013 1:57:24 PM

Yes - Category 5e is what I would use. It's going to be easier and cheaper to drill a larger hole to accommodate the plug than buying cable and plugs - the patience of fitting those jacks for the first time could drive you mad, not to mention buying the tools!
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January 29, 2013 4:52:29 PM

147316,4,606217 said:
Yes - Category 5e is what I would use. It's going to be easier and cheaper to drill a larger hole to accommodate the plug than buying cable and plugs - the patience of fitting those jacks for the first time could drive you mad, not to mention buying the tools![/quotem
What exactly do you mean by plugs, cables, and jacks? I'm normally a laptop person, so excuse my lack of knowledge. I was looking at a Rosewill 25ft CAT 6, figured I could just buy one cable and be done, because the router and everything is already connected and working, I'll just need to connect everything to the internet.
Edit: I think I get what you mean, not sure. I was looking at a Rosewill 25ft CAT 6.
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January 29, 2013 5:03:14 PM

It's just that the plugs (a.k.a. jacks) are so much thicker than the actual cable itself.
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January 29, 2013 7:14:04 PM

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