How to enable WiFi on a desktop computer without a built-in WiFi adapter?

Drsunil V December 6, 2013
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How to enable WiFi on a desktop computer without a built-in WiFi adapter?

Is there a way to know whether WiFi is built-in?

  1. James B
    December 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Desktops don't have wifi built-in.

    You need to buy a USB wifi dongle, and they cost around $10-$100 depending on how powerful the signal is that you need to grab.

    • Drsunil V
      January 4, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , how would you compare usb and pc card?

    • James B
      January 5, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Doesn't matter - it's the aerial attached to them that counts. Bigger aerial - better, generally.

  2. Srikar S
    December 15, 2013 at 4:52 am

    You can easily create virtual wifi connection. Try the two links below
    http://www.factsnfakes.in/how-to-create-wi-fi-hotspot-using-command-line-in-window/

    http://www.factsnfakes.in/top-6-apps-to-turn-your-windows-8-laptop-into-a-virtual-wifi-hotspot/

    These two articles will have the perfect solution for your question :)

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      hi. Please note query is "How to enable WiFi on a desktop computer without a built-in WiFi adapter?"

  3. Alan W
    December 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

    "How to enable WiFi on a desktop computer without a built-in WiFi adapter?"
    This may sound a little obvious but buy a WiFi card and problem solved.

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      hi

      Please tell , how to know whether wifi adaptor is available on pc or not?

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      'wireless and network connections" - 'set a wireless network' in xp = indicates wifi access from android capability?

  4. Hovsep A
    December 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    open device manager expand "Network Adapters" look for an entry "Wireless" or "Wi-Fi. If not then buy a Wifi cards and insert to PCIx1 slot, or buy UBS wifi dongle.

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks. Please tell : Same as 'wireless and network connections" - 'set a wireless network' in xp = indicates wifi access from android capability?

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Is a usb wifi adaptor as good as a card?

    • Hovsep A
      December 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      The Desktop Wireless Adapter Difference: USB vs. PCI
      http://www.pcworld.com/article/243226/the_desktop_wireless_adapter_difference_usb_vs_pci.html
      If it’s convenience, go USB. If it’s performance, PCI is probably your best bet.

      Which is Faster PCI or PCI Express? Compare
      PCI Express 1x 2,500 Mb/s
      USB 3 4,800 Mb/s
      http://www.naplestech.com/shopcart/bus_speeds.asp#gsc.tab=0

    • Drsunil V
      December 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks. You mentioned : If it’s convenience, go USB. If it’s performance, PCI is probably your best bet. Please tell , does this imply , one cannot rely on usb wifi adapter to perform wireless internet from router?

    • Hovsep A
      December 24, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      sure nowadays you can rely on your usb wifi adapter and it is mobile you can use it on on another pc also, some are great on 2.4GHz band and fine at 5GHz in 802.11n-mode. PCI is more difficult to handle since you have to open the pc.

    • Drsunil V
      December 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , is it true , that putting wifi adaptor can enable 'virtual routers' also on the computer? I mean , wifi adaptor can receive internet from a wireless router and also tether data using virtual router softwares?

    • Hovsep A
      December 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      How to: Turn your Windows computer into a WiFi router
      http://filecluster.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Turn-your-computer-into-a-WiFi-router
      If you have an older laptop with no WiFi capabilities you'll need to buy a wireless network card or a USB network adapter (this works for both laptops and desktops).

  5. Dalsan M
    December 6, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    The easiest way to add Wi-Fi capabilities to a desktop computer would be through the use of a USB wireless adapter dongle. These are usually cheap ($10-20USD) and work quite well. Good brands are Netgear, TP-Link, Linksys/Cisco, Asus, and I have never had any trouble with Airlink 101.

    Another way to enable Wi-Fi connection is through the use of a PCI or PCI-E slot on the motherboard. These may be better since many of these adapters would include an antenna, which may increase the signal strength being received. These adapters are generally $20USD or more.

    Here is how you can check to see if you have a wireless network adapter: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-xp/help/networking/install-wireless-network-adapter. Click on Start, Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet Connections or Network Connections. The network adapters that are installed on your computer should be displayed in this new window, and will display if the adapter is wireless or not.

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks. Pl tell : did you 'not' mention a word in the line ; "displayed in this new window, and will display if the adapter is wireless or not."

    • Dalsan M
      December 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      Sorry. To clarify, the "new window" is the "Network Connections" window in which it will display any installed network adapter, whether wireless or wired. It will display the name of the network adapters, such as Intel Pro 1000, and underneath would display if it is a wired Ethernet connection or wireless connection.

    • Drsunil V
      December 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks. Please weblink usb wifi adaptor which can work for windows xp desktop

    • Dalsan M
      December 24, 2013 at 3:29 am

      Virtually any USB Wi-Fi adapter dongle found here would work: http://www.flipkart.com/m/m-search-all/searchAll?p%5B%5D=sort%3Dprice_asc&q=usb+wifi&ag=acon&sid=search.flipkart.com&otracker=search. I recommend TP-Link, Netgear, and Buffalo brand products. I've had trouble with D-Link adapters connecting to certain Wi-Fi routers, but this brand tends to be recommended as well.

    • Drsunil V
      December 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , what is disadvantage in performance of usb wifi adapter over pci wifi adapter? with reason

    • Dalsan M
      December 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Most USB Wi-Fi adapters do not come with an external antenna, meaning that reception may not be as good, and pointing the adapter in a more appropriate direction to gain more signal strength may not be easy. Most PCI-E adapters have external antenna connections so that the antenna can be pointing towards the router location and have a better chance for stronger signal strength. The antenna connectors could also be capable of using external powered antennae to gain maximum signal strength from longer distances.

      There are, however, some USB Wi-Fi adapters that do have antennae attached, though these are more expensive. In smaller areas that do not require higher levels of signal strength (remember that walls, obstacles, and other interference will reduce signal strength), standard USB Wi-Fi adapters should be fine.

    • Drsunil V
      December 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks . I have read your answer with care. Please tell , that a wifi adaptor also works to convert the computer into a virtual router ( using virtual router softwares like connectify and similar ) ? I mean to ask , it can receive internet as discussed , but it can also tether internet?

    • Dalsan M
      December 28, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Yes, as Hovsep mentions, you can use Connectify to create a virtual router with either the USB adapter or PCIE wireless card.

    • Drsunil V
      January 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks. Please tell , a wifi adaptor can both receive and tether internet to another wifi-capable device?

    • Dalsan M
      January 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      I'm not sure if it can work for outgoing and incoming signals at the same time strictly through the Wi-Fi adapter. The question is why would you do this if there is already wireless signal that the devices can connect to? I'm having a hard time finding any information about this, and do not have experience with this specific scenario. Sorry I could not be of more help here.

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