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Seadust
December 8th, 2009, 09:39 AM
I live across the street from the local library that has free wireless. My very old laptop can pick it up if I stand in the middle of the road. I want to use my desktop that dose not have any wireless at home (20 feet from the road). Would a wireless card or router work best for the desktop. I have a Intel Pentium 4 2 GHZ 512 MB Ram running Ubuntu 9.10.

I have no networking experience

Thanks Seadust

Temposs
December 8th, 2009, 09:52 AM
In order to gain a wireless connection, you need to have a wireless card in your desktop. So, if the desktop really doesn't have it included, then go buy one of those, but look up ones that are good to use with your version of Ubuntu. Don't just buy any old one, because you may end up with one that has problems running in Ubuntu.

A router will not help you in this case. A router is a way to create a wireless connection, like the one you're trying to connect to. If you don't have an internet connection to begin with, a router won't do you much good.

Seadust
December 9th, 2009, 12:15 PM
Thanks for the reply,

Is there a plug & play wireless card (pci or usb) that someone suggest that can also be used with win-98 (my backup on separate HD not hooked up). One with good range & inexpensive. I looked here http://www.ubuntuhcl.org/ and there wasn't many there.

Thanks Seadust

bumanie
December 9th, 2009, 12:25 PM
I know edimax products support linux - exactly which pci card you should buy, sorry not up on that, but edimax are reasonably priced. Also, do you know whether the library has n-speed routers or g-speed? N-speed generally have a wider coverage and potentially much faster download speed over wireless, but they are also more expensive. Therefore if the library's wireless is only at g-speed, save some $$$ and get a g-speed card. Just do a bit of research, read reviews etc. on the various cards.

ukripper
December 9th, 2009, 12:25 PM
Is there a plug & play wireless card (pci or usb) that someone suggest that can also be used with win-98 (my backup on separate HD not hooked up). One with good range & inexpensive. I looked here http://www.ubuntuhcl.org/ and there wasn't many there.

Thanks Seadust


This is much more proper - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessCardsSupported

Seadust
December 13th, 2009, 08:29 AM
Thanks for all the help. I think I'll be going with a pci card when I do more research usb looks like it could be damaged to easily.

Seadust