How to Convert Your Old Laptop to WiFi

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While new laptop computers have the capability of connecting to the Internet via wireless connection, if you have an older laptop computer, it most likely doesn't have a Wi-Fi adapter buit into the device. If you have one of these computers, but still want to use it to connect to the Internet, you can connect a USB Wi-Fi adapter to the computer. This gives you the same availability to connect to the Internet as a built in adapter.

  • Connect the USB Wi-Fi adapter to an available USB port. Depending on the age of your computer, it may or may not state it has detected a new Wi-Fi adapter.

  • Insert the driver installation CD into the computer. Wait for the driver installation wizard to load. If it doesn't automatically launch, open "My Computer," right-click the CD icon and select "Open."

  • Accept the license agreement and follow the prompts to complete the driver installation. Leave the prompts as is (such as installation location). Adjusting this information can result in your computer not knowing where the driver is when needed.

  • Access the wireless Internet connection icon in the lower right corner of your desktop. Select the wireless connection you want to access. Once connected, you can launch your Internet browser and use the web wirelessly.

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