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kcornelius
05-16-2006, 10:56 PM
How would you connect to the internet using high speed if there's no ethernet connection on the back of the computer? I was thinking that I would need to get a router?:confused:

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-16-2006, 11:00 PM
The router won't do any good if you have no ethernet connection. Does it even have usb ports? You can buy a PC network card at any electronic store. Perhaps you should tell us how old this PC is. Give us the specs.

kcornelius
05-16-2006, 11:02 PM
It's approx 6 or 7 years old and it has 2 usb ports.

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-16-2006, 11:06 PM
Is that all you know about it? What operating system is on it (the system in which you are operating <--joke btw)? You can contact your isp and see if they can give you a usb cable for the connect, some modems have usb and ethernet cable connections. Easiest thing to do would probably put in a network card. Not hard to do really. You could buy a wireless router and then buy a usb wireless adapter (bit pricy).

oracleguy
05-16-2006, 11:07 PM
Is it a desktop or a laptop?

kcornelius
05-16-2006, 11:11 PM
I'm sorry about not giving all the specs...it's operating on windows 98 and I'm not sure how much memory it has or anything like that(honestly I haven't even hooked it up, once I saw there was no ethernet connection)

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-16-2006, 11:20 PM
PC or Laptop? I'm going to guess PC. I told you what you could do, now its up to you to actually do it. If its a laptop you can get a PCIMIA card if it even has that slot. I think there are usb to ethernet converters out there as well.

bcarl314
05-16-2006, 11:37 PM
If it's Win98, and 6+ years old, make sure your USB (if that's what you go with) card supports USB1.0 as I'd be surprised if your Win98 box supports 2.0

oracleguy
05-17-2006, 05:01 PM
If its a laptop you can get a PCIMIA card if it even has that slot.

Unless it was a super cheap laptop, I'd bet that it does, PCMCIA has been around on laptop for quite a long time. And if is a laptop, buying a PCMCIA wired ethernet adapter isn't going to be too expensive at all.

asdayasman13
05-22-2006, 05:02 PM
What about if the PCMCIA slot's only 16-bit? (w/o the little rivets on the end)

Truffle
06-04-2006, 03:34 AM
SMC makes a USB/Ethernet Controller. Basically you just plug an ethernet cord from your router to the thumbsized USB device and can connect that way.

http://www.smc.com/index.cfm?event=viewProduct&localeCode=EN_USA&cid=9&scid=51&pid=279

Used that thing to gain access to the net on all sorts of machines loaded with viruses and spyware. Especially Windows 98 machines that lacked the ethernet connection.



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