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Old 07-12-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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Why are you confused? What you do on the Wii has no relation to the desktop computer. The Wii has built in wifi, the desktop does not, they are two completely seperate devices. If the desktop does not have a wifi card to connect to the router than it will have to use the wired ethernet connection.
I thought the Wii is communicating with the ATT modem/router. Is that not right?

I am aware that the ATT modem/router is wired to the desktop computer.
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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I thought the Wii is communicating with the ATT modem/router. Is that not right?

I am aware that the ATT modem/router is wired to the desktop computer.
The Wii is connecting to the router, yes. However, that has nothing to do with your PC. You can turn off your PC, unplug it, throw it in a river, and the Wii will still be connected to the router when you get back. (Please don't do this LOL!)


You could think of it as a pyramid:




The "outside world" is your internet service provider. Your router/modem connects to them. Your devices connect to the router, which passes information to and fro through the internet.


As you can see, the connection from the Wii to the router, and the PC to the router, have nothing in common.
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Old 07-13-2011, 06:04 AM
 
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I thought the Wii is communicating with the ATT modem/router. Is that not right?

I am aware that the ATT modem/router is wired to the desktop computer.
Yes, the Wii is using wifi, but why are you assuming you should see something related to wifi on the desktop when it doesn't even have a wifi adapter installed? Windows can't magically detect wifi networks, it needs the proper hardware to do that.
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