How to connect my desktop to a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

I looked at Control Panel-->Network and Internet--> Network connections.

Neither Bluetooth or Wi-Fi are connected.

How can I connect my computer to the internet via a wireless connection?

Thanks,
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
I looked at Control Panel-->Network and Internet--> Network connections.

 Neither Bluetooth or Wi-Fi are connected.

 How can I connect my computer to the internet via a wireless connection?

 Thanks,
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Are you not already on a wired connection?  If so, you don't *need* a wireless one.

Does your computer have wireless network capability?  If not, you'll have to purchase a wireless network card.

Do you have a wireless network available to you?  If not, you'll have to buy an access point or wireless router to enable wireless access.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
My computer has wireless network capability.
I just need to know how to set up a connection to use when my wired service is down for maintenance.

Wireless Connetions
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
My computer has wireless network capability.
I just need to know how to set up a connection to use when my wired service is down for maintenance.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
For WiFi you need to right click on WiFi (as on your picture) and click on something like ...
browse networks  ...... or view wireless connections ...... or see a list of available networks

When you see your WiFi click on "connect"

Then enter the wireless key (which is often printed on the bottom of your router)
and you should be connected.

If you can't find the wireless key you have to look at your router settings by entering something like this (depends on the router type)
http://192.168.10.1/  into a browser. You will need a password.
You should then be able to see your wireless password.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Yes, once you enable the wireless NIC, you should see a list of wireless networks you can connect to.  Just because your computer has a wireless network card doesn't mean you have access to a wireless access point.  Additionally, you may need a passcode in order to access the wireless network.

Also, you DO NOT want both of these connections enabled simultaneously.

Lastly, it seems extremely likely that if your wired connection is down, your wireless connection will also be down, unless you're leeching off someone else's Internet connection.  I don't endorse using someone else's wireless connection without their express consent.
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
Not only do I install only software that I pay for licensing, but I refuse to work on any computer that has unlicensed software installed.

>>Lastly, it seems extremely likely that if your wired connection is down, your wireless connection will also be down<<

That's why I need the wireless connection as a backup.

I thought I might need a router. Is a dongle a router?

Thanks,
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Hello Dovberman, we really need more information about your setup.

You can buy a 2G / 3G usb dongle from a mobile phone shop
that will a auto-install itself and connect you to the internet immediately.

You buy it on a prepay plan .... this is what they look like ...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-Wireless-USB-Dongle-3G-2G-with-SIM-Card-WIFI-Router-hotspot-interface-/261125006977

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband-plans/broadband-2-go/overview/

http://www.truconnect.com/
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
I looked a the Belkin N150 Wireless USB Adapter 150MBps Link Rate on Amazon for less than $20.00

I do not need anything more sophisticated just for backup.

I have a Dell 2300 that is less than 3 years old. The USB ports are version 2.0.

This is what it looks like.

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-N150-Wireless-Adapter-150MBps/dp/B004N625BE/ref=dp_ob_title_ce      

Thanks,
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You don't seem to get it.  The router is your connection to the Internet.  Unless you're paying for two Internet connections, if your Internet connection goes down, it won't matter if you connect wirelessly or not.

As [Eirman] notes, you can buy a device that can essentially connect you to the Internet via the cellular phone system, but this is a separate connection and you'll have to pay for it separately.  You'll also not want to use both connections simultaneously.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
The Belkin device is for connecting into your WiFi broadband from your router/modem (or a wifi hotspot)

The devices I mentioned will connect you to the internet anywhere you have 2G/3G coverage.
It's a good backup for when your main internet goes down.
Call into a cell phone shop for advice .....  don't sign a contract .... go for Pay-as-you-go
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DovbermanAuthor Commented:
It's confusing, but now I understand. Thanks for all your help.
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