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Anonymous
June 10, 2004 9:13:25 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell,alt.windows98,microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

For anyone that wants to know, I was able to install a Dell Optiplex
G1 Pentium 2 (400 MHz) running Windows 98, as a wireless
computer on a little home network. It realizes full Internet speed
available on cable through the router (Approximately 3000 Kbps
download, tested at http://www.dslreports.com/stest ).

This took some trial & error, a lot of it because I was totally green
on the subject

I'll tell you right now, and no one ever told me this, so you can
avoid the hassle of taking stuff back - don't even mess with a PCI
card, at least if you are going to do it with a Pentium 2. Get a USB
device instead that does the same thing. The USB ports on the old
computers are USB1, but are still compatible. USB1 is slower than the
newer USB2, however not so slow as to bottleneck any broadband speed.

The USB device I am talking about is not a little laptop thing that
sticks out of a USB port, it is a little plastic-shelled device that
fits in your hand. It has a little fold-up antenna on it (my antenna
is plastic-shelled too), & is connected to the USB port via USB
connecting wire (wire supplied in my case), So it can sit away from
your computer & avoid any metal that might interfere.

I went with Wireless B. Wireless B is limited to 11000 Kbps (11Mbps).
So you can see, regular cable is normally about 3000 Kbps. No
problems. The USB1 port I believe is limited to 12000 Kbps (12 Mbps),
again, no problem. (investigate USB1 speed more thoroughly,as I might
be wrong).

You also might find a problem with the software not completely
installing the network on your Win 98 computer. You might have to set
it up manually (as I did).

I went Netgear for both the router & the USB device. My Win XP
computer is wired into the router, and somehow without me even
installing anything from the CD, it knew it was wired into a router
and installed the network interface. That is unless I had a brain
meltdown & did do something I didn't know about when visiting
Netgear's site.

Big Mac
June 10, 2004 1:26:24 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell,alt.windows98,microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

good for you!

"Big Mac" <no-email-in-usenet@zzz.org> wrote in message
news:j0igc0d2g5qfmeag8h1tar0pcm9l0bao64@4ax.com...
> For anyone that wants to know, I was able to install a Dell Optiplex
> G1 Pentium 2 (400 MHz) running Windows 98, as a wireless
> computer on a little home network. It realizes full Internet speed
> available on cable through the router (Approximately 3000 Kbps
> download, tested at http://www.dslreports.com/stest ).
>
> This took some trial & error, a lot of it because I was totally green
> on the subject
>
> I'll tell you right now, and no one ever told me this, so you can
> avoid the hassle of taking stuff back - don't even mess with a PCI
> card, at least if you are going to do it with a Pentium 2. Get a USB
> device instead that does the same thing. The USB ports on the old
> computers are USB1, but are still compatible. USB1 is slower than the
> newer USB2, however not so slow as to bottleneck any broadband speed.
>
> The USB device I am talking about is not a little laptop thing that
> sticks out of a USB port, it is a little plastic-shelled device that
> fits in your hand. It has a little fold-up antenna on it (my antenna
> is plastic-shelled too), & is connected to the USB port via USB
> connecting wire (wire supplied in my case), So it can sit away from
> your computer & avoid any metal that might interfere.
>
> I went with Wireless B. Wireless B is limited to 11000 Kbps (11Mbps).
> So you can see, regular cable is normally about 3000 Kbps. No
> problems. The USB1 port I believe is limited to 12000 Kbps (12 Mbps),
> again, no problem. (investigate USB1 speed more thoroughly,as I might
> be wrong).
>
> You also might find a problem with the software not completely
> installing the network on your Win 98 computer. You might have to set
> it up manually (as I did).
>
> I went Netgear for both the router & the USB device. My Win XP
> computer is wired into the router, and somehow without me even
> installing anything from the CD, it knew it was wired into a router
> and installed the network interface. That is unless I had a brain
> meltdown & did do something I didn't know about when visiting
> Netgear's site.
>
> Big Mac
June 12, 2004 2:22:48 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

One of the four computers on my home network is a SuperMicro P1-233.
It came with two USB1 ports. It's running wireless on a broadband
connection, and seems nearly as fast on the Internet as my newer
computers. It has 256 mb of ram, and runs Windows XP Home.

Dick

On Fri, 11 Jun 2004 21:56:41 -0700, Big Mac
<no-email-in-usenet@zzz.org> wrote:

>Well I didn't mean go back that far. I was talking P2 or newer. I
>didn't even know they had USB for a P1. We aalready had a P1 @ 60 MHz
>running Win 95. I considered it. I was thinking a wired home network
>at the time, & not wireless.
>
>I got some feedback that said the P1's low RAM (16 MBs) & low
>processing speed was not going to be enough to get on a home network &
>realize broadband speeds. & even if I wanted to use it I was going
>to have to get a NIC for it too.
>
>So I bought the P2 with 64 MBs RAM for $50. (Dell Optiplex G1, 400
>MHz, Win 98). I then decided wireless over wired. & it works great
>with the USB wireless device (P2 port is USB1), & at full broadband
>speed (300 Kbps download).
>
>Big Mac
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