If you have an older tower PC that didn’t come with built-in Wi-Fi capability, it can be easily added via a USB Wi-Fi adapter and a few minutes.
I recently purchased a new tower PC, including built-in Wi-Fi, and I moved the old one into another room in the house. Well, I had no desire to mess around stringing an Ethernet cable all over the place, so I figured adding a Wi-Fi adapter was the simplest solution for getting the Internet and home network connectivity.
If you’ve thought of moving your tower PC to another room, but need the connectivity, here’s how easy it is to get this up and connected via Wi-Fi in your home. It’s just a matter of a few bucks and a few minutes of your time.
Add Wi-Fi Tower PC
There are several Wireless devices to choose from that will add Wi-Fi capability to your tower. The one I recently purchased is from Panda Wireless – since it’s affordable, it works on essentially any OS and Wireless-N, which is good enough for my needs.
You might want to pick something different; some are much smaller and without antennas. On the other hand, some are more “powerful,” and you may want to future-proof more and get one that works with Wireless-AC and 5GHz. However, for my needs, I went the inexpensive path by going with a 2.4GHz 802.11N Wi-Fi adapter.
Setting these up couldn’t be more straightforward. Just plug it into an open USB port (usually the back for antennas or front ports for ones without an antenna), and Windows should recognize it and install the drivers for you. Of course, you might need to install drivers that come with the device, so be sure to read any “Getting Started” or “Quick Card” references that come with the dongle.
Personally, I don’t install that software because it’s usually clunky, conflicts with Windows’ built-in wireless utilities, and contain crapware.
Once installed, connect to your home network using the SSID and Password configured on your Wi-Fi router, and enjoy your old computer in the new room!
What are your favorite Wi-Fi Adapters and Routers? Leave a comment below and make your recommendations.