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Old 25th June 2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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I need my (wired) PC to be wireless for a week or two. Is this do-able?

My PC plugs into the router for an internet connection, but I am about to vacate the room before blitzing it, and the room I am moving to doesn't have cable access to the (wireless) router. My computer isn't geared up for a wireless internet connection. Is there an easy plug-and-play way out of this?
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Old 25th June 2018, 01:36 PM   #2
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Wireless USB dongles. Ten bucks.
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Old 25th June 2018, 01:39 PM   #3
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There's such a thing? Excellent. Thanks.
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Old 25th June 2018, 01:41 PM   #4
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yep. Just type those exact words in to google or your favorite online store and you'll get lots of options.
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Old 25th June 2018, 01:42 PM   #5
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That's it. Although I will say that the cheapest ones I've used tended to have more distance/strength issues than my laptop.

If the room you're going to has marginal WiFi strength on your laptop, might want to check reviews and make sure a lot of people are happy with it.

I will say even the absolute cheapest thing on the shelf at Fry's has worked for me (just not as well in marginal conditions).
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Old 25th June 2018, 01:50 PM   #6
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Old 25th June 2018, 01:51 PM   #7
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I just need to send a few emails and stay in touch on a couple of forums. I have no idea what the specifications of the variations options mean, and they vary in price from 8 to over 50. Picking one at random, would this do what i need it to do? I'll be next door to the room with the router, and my wife's PC picks up the signal well from 50 metres away in the garden.
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Old 25th June 2018, 02:01 PM   #8
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Most likely. Do you know if your wireless hub supports 802.11ac? Pretty likely it does.
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Old 25th June 2018, 02:04 PM   #9
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Post your wireless hub model if you can find it.
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Old 25th June 2018, 02:08 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by RecoveringYuppy View Post
Post your wireless hub model if you can find it.
And its password too while you're at it.
For... reasons.

(we'll get to banking details after you're set up, no hurry. )
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Should be fine, dual band means it will work with older routers but if your router is new enough to have 5GHz (and odds are it will be) it can connect at the faster speed. If you have an older house with thick walls then the signal might degrade traversing over a couple of rooms so you might want to consider (you can check this with your mobile phone of course) where the router and PC are in relation to each other.
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Old 25th June 2018, 09:04 PM   #12
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30 metres of Cat 6 Ethernet cable*. Amazon. Buy!



*It will always be faster than wireless.
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Old 25th June 2018, 11:10 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by RecoveringYuppy View Post
Post your wireless hub model if you can find it.
It's a new router, less than 6 months old. A BTHub4 (Type A)-36ZW. I can't answer your other question.
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Old 25th June 2018, 11:58 PM   #14
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There are wireless USB adapters. They ran about $30 five years ago, I am sure they are cheaper now if you can find them.I have a Belkin, has worked fine since the day I plugged it in.
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Old 26th June 2018, 06:28 AM   #15
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It's a new router, less than 6 months old. A BTHub4 (Type A)-36ZW. I can't answer your other question.

That hub supports 802.11ac, b, g, and n. So you can pretty much get the fastest USB dongle you want to pay for. Wouldn't expect any compatibility problems.
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Old 26th June 2018, 07:11 AM   #16
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I'd recommend you go with the dongle but .....


for people who have other problems instead of running a cable you can use powerline adaptors. I recommend "passthrough" models like these as plugging directly into the wall gets round various odd problems with surge-protected power strips etc.
Overkill in your case - more for others browsing the thread.
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Old 26th June 2018, 07:22 AM   #17
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Agree with the above.

Wireless Dongle is the way to go for short term (though I once used one as a main connection for about a year).

Powerline is more reliable for longer use. My home mail/web server sits at the end of a Powerline connection and it's pretty rock solid.
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Old 26th June 2018, 07:46 AM   #18
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I'd recommend you go with the dongle but .....


for people who have other problems instead of running a cable you can use powerline adaptors. I recommend "passthrough" models like these as plugging directly into the wall gets round various odd problems with surge-protected power strips etc.
Overkill in your case - more for others browsing the thread.
Hamradio operators just "love" them. As I'm not one of these, my opposition to them is based more on priciple.

But anyway MikeG is from the UK where they use a tri-phase power system (I think). In that case the outlets used should be connected to the same phase or the system might not work so good. After a hasty purchase he might discover he's not among the lucky ones.

So I also propose an USB wifi dongle, or even cable.
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For a permanent installation, I would recommend an expansion card (plugs into the motherboard) over a USB dongle, but for the OP's purposes, a USB dongle is better (powerline is also a good option). Wireless works fine for internet access. A wired connection is best if you are going to copy large files within the local network.
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Also UK - we don't normally* use 3 phase for domestic use. The key requirement is that both need to be on the same ring. This is typical of relatively modern houses.
I have powerline to my study but rarely use it for my work laptop as wifi is solid enough for most purposes apart from the occasional reverification of my VPN. My main use was for streaming movies from my NAS and not hogging the wifi but moved the NAS down to the main TV and have a direct connection now.

But often enough it is worth mentioning, so yes. What was my point again?
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What was my point again?
That MikeG should be making his own dongle from scrap hardwoods. I hear Brazilian Ipe is particularly good for wifi dongles, while White Oak works better for bluetooth dongles.
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Old 26th June 2018, 09:53 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Dr. Keith View Post
That MikeG should be making his own dongle from scrap hardwoods. I hear Brazilian Ipe is particularly good for wifi dongles, while White Oak works better for bluetooth dongles.
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Old 26th June 2018, 09:55 AM   #24
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Thanks all. Much appreciated.

The through-the-ring-main thing would work if the ring main was connected in the old part of this house. That'll be in a couple of weeks time when I've finished the work which is forcing me to move out of my office. So, a dongle it is.
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That MikeG should be making his own dongle from scrap hardwoods. I hear Brazilian Ipe is particularly good for wifi dongles, while White Oak works better for bluetooth dongles.
The How To video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUS0zNQPB5I

Making A Wooden USB
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The How To video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUS0zNQPB5I

Making A Wooden USB
By the time you have made that, usb capacity will have increased and it will be gathering dust along side the 64mb SD card you still keep for some inexplicable reason.
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The How To video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUS0zNQPB5I

Making A Wooden USB
I think this one's prettier and the video doesn't have the cringe-inducing fingers in the bandsaw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3HORWDUY0M
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Dongle works, as evidenced by this post. I can now move out of this room and strip it ready for plastering. Yay!!
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