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    Wireless network card

    I friend has a toshiba laptop, she is not sure if she has a wirless card on the laptop. I went to device manager and checked the hardware installed, found out that she has a Infrared device(SMC IrCC Fast Infrared Port), that also appears in control panel as a wirless link-icon. Does this mean than she can access a wirless internet at home or with the above device mentioned she wont be able to access her wireless internet?

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    Re: Wireless network card

    It is unlikely. The infrared port supplied with most laptops is not a NIC. It used to communicate with other devices such as PDAs,printers, etc. To be sure you'd have to check the hardware vendor site for the original PC sepcifications. BTW, Infrared Port Information has a brief introduction to the technology.

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    Re: Wireless network card

    Infra red devices are "wireless", as in they allow for communication without wires; but this does not mean that they are wireless as in WiFi.

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    Re: Wireless network card

    Many thanks for your replies, I have checked the infrared settings again, it looks like it is used to transfer images.

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    Re: Wireless network card

    An infrared port can be used for many different things. I have used them to communicate with my Nokia phone (as a modem, and to transfer contacts), to transfer files to other PCs, and to synchronise with an iPaq handheld PC.

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