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craig_p
Grafter
Posts: 112
Registered: 01-08-2007

usb wireless adapter

hi
i have got a spedtouch wireless router and was looking for a usb wireless adaptor for it to connect my laptop to it.  i have all my other units hard wired so would appriciate any advise
thanks
3 REPLIES
Community Veteran
Posts: 6,735
Thanks: 12
Registered: 02-02-2008

Re: usb wireless adapter

I've bought the cheapest own-brand stuff from Dabs and it's been fine. Had several of their wireless USB units.
Also used Netgear which is equally good.
The Dabs stuff doesn't suffer from over-complex management software, just load the drivers, turn off it's own management/configuration tools and use Windows.  Smiley
craig_p
Grafter
Posts: 112
Registered: 01-08-2007

Re: usb wireless adapter

thanks for the reply.  ive now borrowed a belkin usb stick and got the wireless network connection running ok.  when i try to set up the WEP key from the router, it tells me that it needs a 40 bit encription code where as the router only uses 64 or 128 bit.  could this be caused by XP not having the correct updates?  any ideas
Thanks
craig
notheruser
Grafter
Posts: 139
Registered: 08-01-2008

Re: usb wireless adapter

Craig - you really should use WPA rather than WEP, as WEP is not considered secure.