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Old 05-26-2008, 12:27 PM   #1
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computer/network info needed

I want to buy something, but I don't know what it is called:

A USB wireless network receiver for an XP desktop (Linksys 2.4 router).

What should I look for when shopping, and do they have it at BestBuy or Radio Shack(physically close) or what is a good online score for such?


(It is frustrating to know that things exist, but I can't shop for them if I don't know what they are called.)

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Old 05-26-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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Would it look something like this:

Wireless USB Network Adapter

or this

USB Adapter 802.11 Wireless 2.4GHz WI-FI Converter USBG-2203 LOW PRICE $29.98

from a simple "wireless network" +USB Google search.

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Old 05-26-2008, 03:41 PM   #3
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oops. Guess I could simply give you the link to the Google search:

"wireless network" +usb - Google Search

in case Best Buy or Radio Shack were listed
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:00 PM   #4
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I have used one of these and they work fine: - Products/Wireless/Basic Networking/Broadband Routers/Wireless-G (802.11g)/WRT54G
I just "upgraded" to a WRT600N and the WRT5400 is sitting in a box on the shelf. If you are interested you can PM me.
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:11 PM   #5
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Hey Kahn

Ron is right on with the selection of wireless network adapters.

These adapters are basic devices that are handy to have - I typically have a couple in the car when we go see the grandkids because something is always going wrong with their computers. I buy them when I see them under $10 - check local store ads at Fatwallet or Bens Bargains - no good deals now at Frys, BestBuy or Staples. MicroCenter (in Sharonville) has a TRENDnet USB Network Adapter currently for $7.99 (their ID TEW-424UB) after rebate.

Usually (unless your desktop is a little older) the desktop's motherboard already has a built-in network card so that you only need to plug in the network cable supplied with your router. Typically, the network cable connects to the back of the computer with a connecter that looks like a domestic phone connecter only a little bigger.

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