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Using WiFi at home instead of BB dongle


NewestRoyWidd1
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Hello,I currently use a dongle to get online,and I'm thinking of changing to the free wifi that we have in our housing complex.

I can connect to it via my Xbox and phone without problems,but would I need a router to connect my PC?I really have no idea what is needed and would appreciate any help and advice please.

I'm on XP Pro SP3,and have an ethernet card fitted,and the requisite ethernet cable.

Many thanks in advance.

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difarn

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As an afterthought the driver on the disk may be out of date and need updating - if you manage to get on line you should go into Device Manager right-click on the device and click on update.

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difarn

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Yet another afterthought - did you actually get onto line? I'm wondering why you pulled the dongle out?

When you set it up did you let the wizard on the disk take you through it or did you just download the drivers and allow XP to find them?

If it hasn't in fact been working and you didn't follow the wizard on the disk, perhaps you should try it.

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NewestRoyWidd1

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difarn,many thanks.I am almost out of credit on my "3" network,I will get some more in the morning so we can continue working through my problems.

Please bear with me until then?I need to leave for work soon.

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difarn

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Will do.

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NewestRoyWidd1

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Good morning difarn,I spoke to an IT manager last night,and he said the make of adapter I bought isn't the best,so I'm going to get a Belkin one this time,and put the other one down to experience.

Many thanks for your help and suggestions,they were greatly appreciated.I'll start a new thread if help is needed again.

NRW1

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difarn

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I am surprised at that - I have one and it works perfectly. It may be because of the particular set up in your apartment block. Did you check with other residents to see if they had similar problems.

Hope your acquisition of a replacement is more fruitful.

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onthelimit1

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As a principle, any usb device should be uninstalled using the windows remove hardware icon bottom right. If you pull one that's transferring data, there's a real risk of the chip being fried.

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