Add my desktop PC to my wireless network using the Netgear WNR2000

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I have a PC in my house that does not have a wireless network card.  The two laptops and the PS3 enjoy wireless browsing but sadly the PC is left out.  We used to have the PC on the internet via a direct wire connection to my Netgear WNR2000.  That was when the non-wireless enabled-broadband-router,  the Netgear router, and the PC were in close proximity.  At that time the Netgear WNR2000 was serving as our wireless router.  Then we moved.
At out new place there is an old wireless cable modem, (Motorala SBG900).  It is serving up tasty bits of the internet each day to all the wireless computers in the house.  So. what I have left is a PC with no wireless capability and a Netgear WNR2000 wireless router.

The question:
Can I use the Netgear WNR2000 to enable wirelss access for my PC on my existing wireless network?

I have been all over the internet looking at how to do this and I am capable of following instructions but, I am no tech and I don't really know what a bridge is, why there should be just one DHCP server, or what the difference is between a bridge and an access point.  

If this is to difficult or not possible, what would you suggest to get on the wireless internet?  I see many access point options but, I really do not know what these are used for.
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It could be a bit of a hassle, easiest fastest way would be to buy a USB Wireless Dongle ($20 approx)

No, the WNR2000 doesn't have a bridge mode. Many access points can be configured as a bridge; this would allow you to connect one or more Ethernet devices (such as your PC) to your wireless network.

An access point is designed you give you wireless access to a network, but it doesn't have the router/internet sharing functions or a DHCP server.

You don't want to have more than one DHCP server on your network because your computers may get their ip address from the wrong one and lose Internet access.

I agree, a USB wireless adapter would be a much simpler solution than a wireless access point in bridge mode.


Neat.  I had looked at this option and I cannot assess wether or not the download speed is at pace with the wireless access in the house.  Can I stream Netfix movies?  can I expect similar download speeds through a dongle?

Yes, any 802.11g wireless adapter is likely to be faster than your Internet connection, so it won't affect your download speed. Your laptops have built-in wireless adapters; if they can stream Netflix, there's no reason why the desktop wouldn't. Unless your dektop is really old, it will have a USB 2.0 port which is plenty fast enough to connect a wireless adapter. A wireless bridge wouldn't be faster than a wireless adapter.

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