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Windows 7: Wireless Network Adapter vs. Wireless Router Module

18 Jul 2013   #1
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 
Wireless Network Adapter vs. Wireless Router Module

I looked in Device Manager and don't see a wireless network adapter but under Network Infrastructue Devices I see "Microsoft Wireless Router Module". Are these the same thing? Thanks for help!


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18 Jul 2013   #2
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

The device listed in Device Manager would most likely be your NIC (Network Interface Card) on your machine. This is the card that sends and receives data to and from your machine.

Wireless Router Module is most likely some software which enables your machine to obtain DHCP requests from your router as well as support other features which would not have been made available with the default settings. Based on the place you found the module 'Network Infrastructure Devices' I can assure you that an infrastructure device is not the same as a NIC

If you are able to provide a screenshot I may be able to offer a better explanation

Hope This Helps,
Josh!
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18 Jul 2013   #3
katiebuglove

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, SP1
 
 

After further research I think I have to buy 2 USB wireless network adapters. Even though Windows 7 has a "connect to a network" feature, the wireless support is not included. I'm a little frustrated, as I bought the computers so they could connect thru the wireless modem that I already had. Typical Microsoft, no?

Unless you think there's another workaround.

Also, did you want a screenshot of my Device Manager--if so, here it is.
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18 Jul 2013   #4
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Based on your device manager you do not have a wireless NIC installed on the machine hence why you cannot connect via wireless. Have you ever been able to connect to the internet wirelessly?

Also, is this a desktop machine? Typically desktop machines will not have wireless capabilities however it is slowly changing therefore you will need an adapter to allow wireless connectivity

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