Connecting a Desktop Computer to Wireless Network

A friend recently asked me, “How do I connect my old desktop computer to my wireless network?” As we explored the issue further, I decided to help out and set up the old Dell desktop to dual-boot to LubuntuLinux 11.10 and Windows XP. Although she expects to use the Linux side 95% of the time, there’s always the chance she may need the Windows XP side for something.

After taking care of that, we tried to figure out how to connect her desktop computer located downstairs to the wireless network–based off a Linksys Wireless-G router located upstairs. To accomplish that, I’m recommending purchase of a Penguin Wireless G USB Adapter…not only does it work with Linux, but also comes with Windows drivers!
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And, that will connect to the Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router she already owns:
However, there’s a less expensive solution than the Penguin router…instead of paying $44 you could just spend a fraction of that to get the one below from Amazon (recommended by Rusty Meyners):

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What solution would you recommend? Obviously, both of these–Penguin or BlueProton– will probably work…..

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3 thoughts on “Connecting a Desktop Computer to Wireless Network

  1. --David March 9, 2012 at 11:44 pm Reply

    Either one, since she will be living in Linux. I would rather go for a USB that had an external antenna so she could move the antenna to get the best possible signal. But, you can't beat a sub-$10 price with a stick!

  2. Erica Roush March 10, 2012 at 12:46 am Reply

    Thanks for this advice. I too have an old desktop computer that I would like to connect to wireless network for my children to do their homework and other projects on. It hasn't been in use for at least a year since it is in the rear of my house and doesn't reach my linksys. Your suggestion of a $6 fix really makes me thankful I have been assigned to your blog for my EDM310 class. I plan to try this and will report on my success/problems.

  3. Dave Alan July 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Later, 900 MHz products using analog transmission technology arrived on the market. Neither the 49MHz or these early 900Mhz products have any form of security. Anyone with a device in the same frequency can listen in to conversations. Newer digital spread spectrum 900MHz products divide digital transmission across a range of frequencies so other devices can't eavesdrop on your conversations. Digital spread spectrum intercoms also have a greater range than the analog 900Mhz units.Here are some software solutions online like Herstel Computer, draadloos en wifi, Netwerk Installeren and Reparatie PC.
    There are at least two wireless intercoms currently on the market, but only one of them uses digital spread spectrum. The wireless intercom system that uses spread spectrum can communicate up to 1000 feet.

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