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Hi Dudes,

I'm using Windows 7, and I can't connect wirelessly to my home wireless network. Win7 doesn't even give me a list of available wireless networks in the vicinity, just shows that I'm connected by ethernet cable (doesn't show the name of the network, either). The host PC is in the basement and is governed by XP. A laptop running Win 7 here has no difficulty accessing the network wirelessly. What gives? I've updated the LAN driver for my motherboard (Asus P5Q Pro Turbo, Atheros® L1E Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET 2), which I assume is able to operate wirelessly. Or am I incorrect? Do I need a PCI adapter card (or USB)?

Thanks for any help you might offer, and cheers.

DS
 

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After a quick Google for that Atheros Lan card I do not see that it is a wireless card, just an Ethernet card. So yes you probably need a wireless card or USB device. If you are running W7 64 bit then make sure that the wireless device you select has w7 64 bit drivers. Most do but some still don't and the older 32 bit drivers may not give reliable results.
 

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Are you not using a wireless router???

Usually your ISP modem is directly connected to the router, and your PC's are then connected to the router.

LAN cards don't provide wireless capability- I've never seen one do this. The easiest way is to simply use a wireless router. Even if you use a wireless card in the PC, only in rare cases and some fiddling can you use it as a wireless Access Point to service other wireless clients. Even then, you'd need to enable Internet Connection Sharing on the XP machine, which would need to be ON all the time.
 

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The modem and wireless router are connected to the older PC in the basement; my PC is currently connected to modem via ethernet cable. I checked Asus' page of info on the mobo, but I couldn't see anything which stated wireless ability either way, so I'll take everybody's word for it. Off to get a PCI or USB adapter.

Thanks for all your help, fellas! Cheers.

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^^^^
You can use the Asus WL-330gE to add WiFi to any Ethernet device. I bought mine from Canada Computers, but I believe NCIX often has them on sale.
 
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