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I want to set up a Desktop PC to have a wireless Internet connection. I trying to connect directly to the Internet.
Something Like this.
http://solutions.vzwshop.com/bba/default.htm
Since it isn't a Laptop I do not have a PCMCIA Slot.
Do you have any suggestions?
Another thing that I thought of was to possibly tether my phone.
Any suggestions of solutions would be great, I need to get it up and running this week.
I am looking for at least 400Kbps download speed.
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by:rindi
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There are many PCI or USB wireless cards. Something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833127145
or this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833150021

Then you will also need a Wireless router or access point or some other device, depending on your internet connection.

http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/SubCategory.asp?SubCategory=145&name=Wireless-Routers
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by:EazyWorks
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I looking for a way to connect to the Internet without DSL, Cable ....
a Complete Wireless Solution, like tethering a cell phone to a Computer or one of those PCMCIA cards.

Thanks

Zack
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by:rindi
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I don't recommend using cell phones, as that is far too expensive. You'd need a data account from your Cell Phone provider, and they usually charge you prices that are too high. Also the connection is likely to be too slow. DSL or Cable is a lot less expensive.

Otherwise most cell phones have a USB cable, bluetooth or Infrared port and a utility CD with which you can connect it to a PC. The utility CD then installs a modem driver for the cell phone and then you could use that for connecting to the internet. But be aware of the price.
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by:EazyWorks
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I understand, this is definitely not for everyday stuff.

BUT,

I am asking suggestions for connecting a PC to the Internet.
1) Get a PCMCIA adapter for the PC
2) Tether a cell phone
3) ????

Looking for someone who has had to do this. I have used a couple laptops with these wireless broadband cards and the speed was acceptable, So I am trying to figure out how to get the same thing on a PC.

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by:rindi
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Just do as I say and connect the cell phone via the USB cable to the PC, if you didn't get the CD with Phone you can download it from the manufacturer. Then make sure you have a data account with your Cell Phone provider, and your set to go. If you don't have a USB cable you can get one for most models as an accessory. If it only has bluetooth you will need an additional bluetooth PCI Adapter for the PC.
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by:smiffy13
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If you're in Australia you can get either a mains powered wireless modem or USB mobile card: http://my.bigpond.com/internetplans/broadband/wireless/about/ I'd be surprised if you couldn't get something similar in the US or Europe/UK.
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by:EazyWorks
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How about a PCMCIA adapter for a Desktop PC?
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Why make it complicated and buy more hardware? You can do it directly with the cell phone. A PCCard adapter just is more costly. You'll still have to get a proper account with your ISP to be able to connect to the internet. Whether you do that with the phone or via a PCCard adapter is the same, except you'll pay more for the extra hardware.
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