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    Hi all,

    I apologize if this has been addressed already, but I don't have the time at the moment to go through every post. I have a wireless cable modem in my garage. My laptop is connected just fine. I do not have a wireless card in my deskop in the house. I'm thinking I need one in order to connect via wireless. How do I go about finding which card would be compatible with both the desktop and the cable modem?

    I'm have a Dell Inspiron 530s running Windows XP Home (SP3), and any help would be greatly appreciated.

    John

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    Hi John,

    Is your "wireless cable modem" actually a modem/router built into one unit? Whether it is or not, what brand is the router? Does your router meet the 802.11 N standard or is it an earlier 802.11 G capable router?

    You could purchase a PCI based card if you have an available slot, or a USB WiFi adapter. Any of the well known brands should do a good job. If I were buying a desktop wireless card today, I would buy one that meets the 802.11 N standard because it is backward compatible with the earlier standards, and you will be well equipped whenever you purchase an 802.11 N compliant router, unless you already have one now. The N adapter will be a little more costly, but it will be better in the long run as it will be faster within your home network as your computers share files with one another.
    Deadeye81

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