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What Is A Wireless Networking Adapter?

By Ace Winget_

It never used to be a problem to plug in your internet cord or cable. With all of the other cables running down the back of a desktop, the internet was just one thing more. With the emersion of laptops and notebooks, as well as multiple PCs all in one home, more advances in technology became a necessity.

Surfing the internet completely cable-free was once only a dream. This dream wouldn’t have come about without wireless networking adapters – the miraculous devices which eliminated the need for a cord to connect to the internet. Because of such advances, many of us have the freedom to do our work outside in the garden rather than being trapped on a desk indoors.

What Makes it Work? Built-in radio transmitters and receivers are contained within each wireless networking adapter. Your computer is now able to join a wireless LAN, and connect to the internet.

What Are My Options? There are two types of adapters out there: the PCI and the USB. Which type to go with depends on whether you use a laptop or a traditional desktop.

PCI wireless adapters are designed for the traditional desktop computer. These are add-in cards made specifically to fit inside your computer. Yours should have a PCI bus, or place-holder for the card to go.

For a notebook, on the other hand, you’ll need a USB wireless adapter. This devise is external rather than internal, and is easily plugged in at the same spot you might put your flash drive or other USB devise. Don’t worry – most notebooks have several USB ports for all your needs.

Built-in wireless networking may also be an option. This is a feature found in many newly manufactured laptops. In such cases, small chips inside your computer already act as the network adapter, requiring no further installation.

Click on the Start button and check your network connections to find out whether you already have built-in wireless networking. Clicking on the pair of computers in the lower right hand of your screen is also a way to navigate to your networking. Another good indicator is a mysterious external switch on your computer, which turns the wireless network on or off as you please.

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