Getting wireless internet to all from from desktop pc

Wireless from my desktop pc to an Apple iPhone is other parts of the building. That is what we need.
A couple years ago we bought a simple Netgear (I think that was the brand) router. It plugged into the back of the cable modem with a yellow ethernet cable. There was then internet access to all rooms to laptops via wireless. The cost of that device was around $45.

Today we went to the same store and shown models and none were under $75 and none looked like what we had a mere two years ago. They ended up selling us an adapter that plugs into the iPhone and the other end plugs into a 25 foot ethernet cable from the cable modem. This cable is too short.

Is there no longer a simple low cost wireless router? The salesman acted like they had never heard of the type hookup we had before and / or it would never work now.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Have you upgraded your iPhone?

Have you upgraded your Broadband internet?

Technology change and low value merchandises are disappearing from brick and mortar physical store. For some countries like United States, you need to go to online stores like Amazon if you want to get a cheap router.

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dbruntonCommented:
Your description seems to be that of a Wireless Access Point.  These plug into an existing Ethernet connection such as the back of a router or a wall jack or cable modem and give WiFi coverage to the area.

See  https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Wireless-N-Access-Point-WN604-100NAS/dp/B003QQ0NIY  for an example.

Now there's all sorts available and I suspect your salesman may be having problems tying his shoe laces together in the morning.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
nick - that salesman was either an idiot or very good as he managed to sell you a lemon!! ;-)  Bring that cable and adapter back .. you should NEVER EVER EVER need to physically plug the iPhone into a cable to access the Internet .. it is the whole principal of WiFi (wireless!!!)  The product is not fit for purpose and you're entitled to a refund.

The only thing that has changed in the last few years with modems/routers and repeaters is that the WiFi speeds and standards have changed.

The Typical WiFi standard was known as 802.11 followed by a letter b/g/n etc. .. but in the last couple of years all the manufacturers are trying to sell newer models and the standards can be hard to decipher as they try and sell you upgrades.  It sounds like your store is simply not stocking the slightly older models anymore.  There is also a move in general to a type of wifi network called "mesh" which is where you use multiple repeaters around the house/office to make the wifi signal more consistent and extend coverage to every room.  The older routers tended to dramatically lose speed as you extended the network beyond the default range of the base router.  These "mesh" wifi systems tend to cost more as the technology is newer and not as common.

I assume the start of this issue is your old WiFi router has died?  Can you tell us the model number or is it gone?

dbrunton is correct .. you can buy a WiFi Router for < $25 online on Amazon, BestBuy and loads of other places if you look for Wireless 802.11n standard which is a few years old but perfectly good for most users.
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-3-In-1-Wireless-Router-RT-N12/dp/B00DWFPDNO/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1517734510&sr=1-3&keywords=Wireless+N+Router
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masnrockCommented:
Wireless from my desktop pc to an Apple iPhone is other parts of the building.
This is an odd setup. That would be internet connection sharing. However, with a simple wireless router, this type of setup would never be needed.

A couple years ago we bought a simple Netgear (I think that was the brand) router. It plugged into the back of the cable modem with a yellow ethernet cable. There was then internet access to all rooms to laptops via wireless. The cost of that device was around $45.
If you want a lower end model, that isn't an unreasonable number. It Just depends on exactly what you're looking for. However, what you are describing here does not match what you initially described. The router handles the connection sharing in this scenario, not a desktop computer.

Today we went to the same store and shown models and none were under $75 and none looked like what we had a mere two years ago. They ended up selling us an adapter that plugs into the iPhone and the other end plugs into a 25 foot ethernet cable from the cable modem. This cable is too short.
It sounds like a case of your poorly describing what you were looking for. But also dealing with a salesman who either didnt know what you were talking about or was just a con. All you needed was a wireless router and you would have been done.

What is described here is that you were sold an Ethernet adapter for your iPhone. I assume you wanted to connect wirelessly. As pointed out before, a wireless router was all you needed.

Now if the issue at hand was that you had coverage problems in a section of your home or office, then you most likely needed a wireless access point and sufficient cabling. But in some cases, moving or upgrading the existing wireless router would've resolved that.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I saw a Netgear N750 wireless router on Amazon US for $56 and a Netgear N600 wireless router on the same page for $45.

https://www.amazon.com/Routers-Netgear-Networking-Products/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A300189%2Cp_89%3ANetgear

I suggest you look through Amazon for what you want
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, that is a decent router. I have used Belkin before (not that one) with good results, so it should work.

As with everything, a more economical model will not have all the features of a higher end model.
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nickg5Author Commented:
Have you upgraded your iPhone? The phone belongs to the visitor and they are from China.
The individual will evaluate all the devices mentioned and make their choice.

Best Buy sold us an adapter and a 25 foot ethernet cable. It's like 10 feet too short, we can return it all for a refund.
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