Networking & wireless forum: Wanting to connect my Compaq desktop to my wireless network

by: tech_fantatic August 27, 2006 8:14 PM PDT

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Wanting to connect my Compaq desktop to my wireless network

by tech_fantatic - 8/27/06 8:14 PM

I want to connect my compaq desktop to my wireless Linksys network. Currently I don't think my PC has wireless, so I need to make it wireless.

I've never opened a case before, so I don't think I am really comfortable enough to do that. So, I was hoping to get by with something like a USB antenna. Basically the computer is going to go in a back room, my router is in my office, so a basic diagram may look something like this:

[ comp ]

------XX------
....................|

....................|

....................|


_______________

............................\
.............................\
..............................\
.................................___________
.................................Laptop

.................................Comp..........Comp

..............................................Router


So to explain this. My computer is going to be in the back there. (First thing listed) Then there are two doors coming in my house (the X's) Here you wenter my living room, the dashed line off to the right is an open bar that goes about waste high. On the opposite end of the doors is the wall of my living room. The angled dash line does not represent a wall, but the entrance into my office. I have two computer and a laptop in hear with the router in the corner. So far the only computer that is wiress is my laptop, and it works fine on my linksys. (NOTE: The periods are only there because the diagram split up otherwise.)

So, what I am needing to know is if my computer will be able to work off of a router connected through a USB or something that doesn't require me to open the case.

I was looking at the Linksys USBBT100, but it says it is Bluetooth and connects devices, so I don't know if I would be able to get online with my router, but it seems have a good range and everything.

And advice you can give would be great.

If you think I have to open the case, what is involved and how risk is that for the PC (i.e. me destroying it!)

thanks

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