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    Wi-Fi dongle?

    I am looking for a USB dongle that can provide Wi-Fi. I do not have it in my router (nor do I want it enabled full-time). Purchasing a new router to have Wi-Fi all the time when all I need to sync files, etc is a few minutes of it here & there.

    My desire is to plug the hardware gizmo into a USB port and create an instant Wi-Fi point (two way) that I can xfer files among devices. Once done, I remove the gizmo and I am back to a totally non-Wi-Fi environment.

    Does this exist?

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    Duncan,

    I don't think you quite understand how wi-fi works. If you have a router why not just connect a cable transfer your files then disconnect the cable?

    For easy use of wi-fi you need to have a wi-fi enabled router and each of your devices need to have a wi-fi enabled network card. There are many USB wi-fi dongles available (just search on Amazon). if your computer (I'm assuming laptop here) doesn't have an ethernet RJ-45 connection you can also get USB dongles for that.

    It would help us more to help you is you were specific about what computers and what ports & features they have and what router you have. HTH
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    I assumed this was a request for local file transfers, so an ad-hoc network may be possible with a couple of $10 USB wi-fi dongles depending on Windows versions involved.

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    Bruce,

    Or 2 Ethernet to USB & crossover cable for less setup and faster transfers. However, I'm not to sure of the OP's tech level so I thought going through the router would be a better solution. YMMV.
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    sounds like an adhoc network is what you want

    there are dongles that might do it
    check the specs and see if the software they provide supports such a mode

    like the others said
    a cat5 ethernet cable would be easier and faster



    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan_1 View Post
    I am looking for a USB dongle that can provide Wi-Fi. I do not have it in my router (nor do I want it enabled full-time). Purchasing a new router to have Wi-Fi all the time when all I need to sync files, etc is a few minutes of it here & there.

    My desire is to plug the hardware gizmo into a USB port and create an instant Wi-Fi point (two way) that I can xfer files among devices. Once done, I remove the gizmo and I am back to a totally non-Wi-Fi environment.

    Does this exist?

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    What RetiredGeek said.

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