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    Ethernet to Wifi?

    I have an older computer that I want to use and want to connect to the Internet. The house is on wifi but the computer doesn't have the ability to connect. What do I need to get to make this work?

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    Look for a USB WiFi adapter. I use one on my old laptop since the built in WiFi no longer works.
    Alternatively, you could get an Ethernet cable long enough to reach from the router to the computer, if possible. Unless it's a laptop you need to be able to move around, of course.
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    What Sparko said. Every once in a while, he's not entirely 100% grossly incorrect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuantaFille View Post
    Look for a USB WiFi adapter. I use one on my old laptop since the built in WiFi no longer works.
    Alternatively, you could get an Ethernet cable long enough to reach from the router to the computer, if possible. Unless it's a laptop you need to be able to move around, of course.
    This is a much better answer than Sparko's.


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    Years ago, when we had no wireless functionality, I was able to connect from my room to the modem/router in the other room via ethernet by using a pair of devices -- each of which would plug into an electrical outlet, and then one running to my compy and the other to the modem/router. It worked great during its time. (We still use a pair with our Blu-Ray player for the occasional firmware update.)

    It's too bad I can't remember what it was called, or else I'd find a link to it. But it's still another option for you, and doesn't require any device drivers like a wireless adapter.

    Edit: Remembered the name, and found a link.
    https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Power...dp/B01929ESG6/
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Melody Maker View Post
    Years ago, when we had no wireless functionality, I was able to connect from my room to the modem/router in the other room via ethernet by using a pair of devices -- each of which would plug into an electrical outlet, and then one running to my compy and the other to the modem/router. It worked great during its time. (We still use a pair with our Blu-Ray player for the occasional firmware update.)

    It's too bad I can't remember what it was called, or else I'd find a link to it. But it's still another option for you, and doesn't require any device drivers like a wireless adapter.

    Edit: Remembered the name, and found a link.
    https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Power...dp/B01929ESG6/
    I had already ordered the thing Sparky recommended...

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    Can't you just hook up the computer to the modem via Ethernet cable? While some newer computers might not have an Ethernet port, any that's old enough to not support WiFi should still have one. Or does the computer have to be put into a room away from the modem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terraceth View Post
    Can't you just hook up the computer to the modem via Ethernet cable? While some newer computers might not have an Ethernet port, any that's old enough to not support WiFi should still have one. Or does the computer have to be put into a room away from the modem?
    She might not have the computer near the router and running ethernet cable all over the house isn't easy.

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