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    Is it Wireless or Not?

    My son has a desktop PC running Windows Vista and uses a Marvell 88E8052 nic that is embedded to the motherboard. There is also a connection in back of the PC with the letters ANT next to it. I am assuming it is for a wireless connection. When I try to set up a wireless connection it searches the hardware and says no wireless hardware found. I don't know which to believe, the software message or the hardware connection that says ANT next to it. The nic works fine on a wired lan. What should I do to determine if it is a wireless nic or not? If not, I'll have to get a wireless adapter card but not if I already have one.

    The router is wireless and that works well on my own wireless desktop.
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    Re: Is it Wireless or Not?

    Was this an upgrade to Vista or a new PC with Vista preinstalled? Does Device Manager show more than one NIC? If the Vista can't find wireless hardware I'd tend to believe it.

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    Re: Is it Wireless or Not?

    I've seen a number of newer computers with video / television capture cards pre-installed. The ANT connection could be for a cable television or over the air broadcast antenna.
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    Re: Is it Wireless or Not?

    This was an upgrade to Vista. And device mgr only shows one nic card. I suspect it isn't a wireless but only a wired nic card.
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    Re: Is it Wireless or Not?

    I think you're right Christopher. It's probably a connection for a TV. I've tried googling that nic card model number and I can't find anywhere that it says it's also a wireless card. So, it may be for a TV antenna. I'll install a wireless card. That should work.

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    Re: Is it Wireless or Not?

    What does the ANT connector look like? - that might solve the mystery! All wireless card-type NICs I have come across have a single thread into which you would screw the antenna - see the bottom picture on this Microsoft page.

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    Re: Is it Wireless or Not?

    When you look at Device Manager are there any devices with a <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15> ? That would indicate a missing driver so Vista could not identify the device. This is not an unusual occurence when upgrading operating systems.

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