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Wireless network adapter question

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    Ok so I was looking up wireless network adapter for a desktop computer. Found one. Says that you can hook it up to a laptop and be mobile.

    My question is related the to the laptop thing. For some reason, the description implies that you can use the adapter to connect to the internet using your wireless access similar to an air card. Is that accurate or am I confusing the description.

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=3756936
  2. CowboyPrincess

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    As I understand the description, they are just saying that you can be mobile with your laptop and still have a way to access the internet without having to locate a wired access point to plug into

    At least that is how I'm reading it
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    Yeah I figured that's what they meant, but their description is awful. Sometimes you gotta be clear about things. I'm a tech writer and was confused. Imagine a less technical person trying to figure it out.

    The adapter is actually for my sister's desktop, but I thought if it's something I can use for my laptop, I might as well get two.

    Oh well.
  4. CowboyPrincess

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    They definitely aren't using anyone with tech experience for their product descriptions. I had to read it a couple times cuz of the wording. I was on the hardware end of the tech industry and the only reason I figured it out was cuz I'm familiar with that item from personal use
  5. Yeagermeister

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    It means you can use it like any other wireless card. Belkin is not a real good brand btw. You'd be better off with a netgear or linksys.
  6. CowboyPrincess

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    Belkin use to be a good product but that was years ago. I use a Linksys N for my son's computer and have never had a bit of trouble with it. It picks up access points all over the place and not from just across the street. Which has been helpful when my network has been down for repair and he's needed access to get homework done...
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    That was my initial interpretation, but the wording threw me off.

    Oh, I wasn't actually gonna buy THAT specific adapter. It was just the link of the one I was looking at at the time.

    There's not a lot of them on the market. So, it's pretty easy for researching purposes.

    My dad has an AT&T wireless gateway, but the 'puter I bought for my sister doesn't have a wireless network card. I figured this would be a good workaround than running a long network cable throught the house.
  8. Yeagermeister

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    Belkin makes some very good products but not network cards.
  9. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    An ATT card is much different than a wireless card. The ATT card can connect anywhere ATT has coverage with the wireless card you have to be near a wireless network.
  10. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    Oh I know that. I've connected to the Internet thru ATT at Starbucks. Loves it.

    But let me clarify the situation. My dad has AT&T DSL that comes with a wireless gateway. The Internet connection is through his computer.

    She has a desktop computer in her room with nothing to connect to the Internet. No network cable to the router (gateway) nor a wireless network card in the 'puter. My dad's too lazy to get it for her. Anywho, this USB adapter would be simply for her to put in her desktop 'puter so she can get it online and not park in my Dad's room to get online.

    My confusion in the OP was simply to see if it was something I could use for my laptop.
  11. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    Gotcha
  12. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    To answer the original question: yes you could use something like this on either a desktop or a laptop provided each has a compatible USB port open.

    Forget Walmart for stuff like this, I'd recommend: http://www.newegg.com

    Feel free to PM if you have questions.

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