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Old 05-25-2017, 03:16 PM
 
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I may have to attach a wifi USB adapter to my desktop Windows 7 computer.

I've read that you have to download drivers for this to work. Does it say inside the packaging exactly where to download it?

Are there generally problems with getting this to work?

You know how wifi is called 802.11 followed by a letter - do you generally have to worry about the letter, in terms of compatibility between the wifi router and the device?
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Old 05-25-2017, 08:53 PM
 
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I may have to attach a wifi USB adapter to my desktop Windows 7 computer.

I've read that you have to download drivers for this to work. Does it say inside the packaging exactly where to download it?

Are there generally problems with getting this to work?

You know how wifi is called 802.11 followed by a letter - do you generally have to worry about the letter, in terms of compatibility between the wifi router and the device?
It will either tell you where to download the driver, or it will include it on a disk.

You usually don't have to worry about the letters matching, but higher letters generally mean a faster speed. What letter is on your router (or what's the model number, and we can figure out what's best to use with it)?
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Windows 7 is very good about being able to find the required drivers.
If it's not provided on a disk with the USB dongle, then make sure you're PC can connect on-line and find it.

The numbers show which standard is used. The later in the the alphabet, the more flexible, better quality it can do.
BUT: this applies to all devices to which it's connected. IE: If you have an older tablet, then it may still be slow even if you get a fast WiFi adapter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11
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Old 05-26-2017, 02:40 PM
 
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I may move into an apartment with somebody else's router and right now I don't know which letter is on it.

Can you find out which letter it is, by connecting to it with a device or do you have to know the router's model number?
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Old 05-26-2017, 11:30 PM
 
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The latest (and fastest) standard is 802.11ac. For most purposes, 802.11n will be fine, and it's more likely to be compatible with your devices. All recent wifi adapters are backwards compatible to older, slower standards.
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Old 05-27-2017, 12:27 AM
 
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802.11g dates from 2003
802.11n was published in October 2009
802.11ac was published in December 2013

If you don't know, it is practical to assume 802.11n and not to assume 802.11ac . There is very little equipment out there that conforms to standards older than 7.5 years .
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:04 PM
 
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I went to the store and saw 5-6 wifi adapters. They all come with a CDROM with the drivers.

One of them said on the box you have to push a "push and connect" button on the router. But the guy there said you don't have to use that. Most routers I know, don't have that.

New question: if you're wired to a router, what's the difference between cat-5e and cat-6 wires? I think it's just a diff in speed and quality and would all work.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:26 AM
 
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I went to the store and saw 5-6 wifi adapters. They all come with a CDROM with the drivers. One of them said on the box you have to push a "push and connect" button on the router. But the guy there said you don't have to use that. Most routers I know, don't have that.
The Push and Connect is otherwise known as the "WPS pairing" function.
It was a security protocol added by manufacturers to make setting up WiFi systems easier. It let you pair a WiFi adapter to a device without having to enter a long password string on both. Unfortunately the security protocol turned out to have a very public bug, and is therefor easily hack-able. It is strongly recommended that you use some other security protocol such as "WPA2 Encryption"

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New question: if you're wired to a router, what's the difference between cat-5e and cat-6 wires? I think it's just a diff in speed and quality and would all work.
Larger CAT-numbers represent better quality wire and shielding, yielding faster bandwidth:
Google: what is the difference between cat5e and cat6 ethernet cables
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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Once you've installed the wifi adapter and the drivers, how to actually connect to it?

(This is Windows 7 by the way.)
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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Your router/wifif should have come with a QuickStart Guide that will walk you through this 5-min process.
In generic terms:

One time setup when you first connect the router to your Internet cable from the wall:
Router/WiFi Setup:
Change the Router/WiFi's password, from the factory default (found on the Guide), to a password that is VERY complex. This protects only the router and it's settings.

WiFi settings:
Rename the WiFi to something recognizable.
Set the WiFi encryption method. As mentioned above, the WPS is probably still offered, but is also the easiest to hack. You should use WPA2 if offered.
Change the WiFi password. This is the password that any device will need to connect to your WiFi. It should be the MOST complex password you use as this is the most commonly hacked. (Mine is well over 30 alpha/numeric/special characters).

There are other things you should do, The above is the most important, but another 5 minutes will make your network a bit more safe and faster: like choose the channel that has the least neighbor traffic, etc. This will all be on the Guide.
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