therocky17
1 Copper

Can you use a USB antenna if your laptop don't have a wireless card?

I have a Dell Inspiron 1150 that don't have a wireless card in it.  I was just wondering if I can setup a wireless network in my house by using a USB antenna.

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Trafficflow
3 Argentium

Re: Can you use a USB antenna if your laptop don't have a wireless card?

You can use a USB wireless adapter. I use 3 right now on network. Buy at Ebay. Look up Netopia. Pretty good one for $15.00

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hrova
5 Tungsten

Re: Can you use a USB antenna if your laptop don't have a wireless card?

You can purchase an internal wireless adapter for the 1150. We have an 1150 and I did that. My sone uses it practically daily.

However, if you don't want to deal with the internal installation (not difficult, but some may prefer to avoid it), I highly recommend this item from newegg.com.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833130066&Tpk=zew2546

It is small and unobtrusive, yet picks up signals well. I am currently using it on my Latitude D510, even though the 510 has an internal card. This thing just picks up better than my Dell internal card. And, it has wireless N capabilities if you have an N router, or if you ever upgrade. The smallness and signal pickup ability are great. Well worth the cost, IMHO.

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