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Windows 7: Wireless router and a desktop

04 Jul 2011   #1
meebers

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 
Wireless router and a desktop

I don't know if this can be done. Have a W7 machine connected thru a gigabyte switch and then to my wireless router. The wireless router is connected via cable modem to my isp. Can I use this wireless router to search for other wifi nets in the area and connect to the internet this way as well.? In other words, behave like my laptop does.


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05 Jul 2011   #2
acurasd

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, It can be done. It is called Access Point mode, but it also depends on the type of router it is and its functions.
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05 Jul 2011   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

A wireless router is a broadcasting device, not a receiving one. It broadcasts a signal (that comes to it from the isp via the modem) that can only be detected by wifi capable hardware such as an internal wifi card or a usb wifi dongle. The only way to get your desktop to see the wifi (yours or others) is to buy a USB dongle or a card to put into the computer.
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05 Jul 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
A wireless router is a broadcasting device, not a receiving one. It broadcasts a signal (that comes to it from the isp via the modem) that can only be detected by wifi capable hardware such as an internal wifi card or a usb wifi dongle. The only way to get your desktop to see the wifi (yours or others) is to buy a USB dongle or a card to put into the computer.
Or connect it wired through the LAN connection.

My "wireless" Linksys E3000 is a "Wireless" Router that includes 4 wired LAN ports. I suppose you can't technically call it wireless but it is designed for wireless connections.

Anyway I agree

So, NO, you can't use your wireless router to "see" other wifi nets, that would be the job of the network card (the receiver).

BTW Bill I'm a big Hitchcock fan
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05 Jul 2011   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
A wireless router is a broadcasting device, not a receiving one. It broadcasts a signal (that comes to it from the isp via the modem) that can only be detected by wifi capable hardware such as an internal wifi card or a usb wifi dongle. The only way to get your desktop to see the wifi (yours or others) is to buy a USB dongle or a card to put into the computer.
What he said

So, NO, you can't use your wireless router to "see" other wifi nets, that would be the job of the network card (the receiver).

BTW Bill I'm a big Hitchcock fan
Me too.
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05 Jul 2011   #6
meebers

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Let me be a little more specific, First my network is functioning as mixed wired/wireless network. My desktop is connected via lan to the switch, via lan to the wireless router and via lan/wan? to the modem. When roaming the house with my laptop, I connect via wireless. Pretty much standard connections
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In my opinion, the wireless router is both a transmitter and receiver. Else how would my laptop connect and transfer data to the network.
If I have to resort to a wifi card or usb dongle, I want to be able to connect it to an antenna, preferably outside and directional. WIfi receivers function better when they are next to the antenna, rather than a long antenna lead to the receiver.
My city sponsors a free wifi network for us city dwellers. I have to go outside with my laptop to receive it, can not see it indoors. Tx
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