How to Make My Dimension 8300 Desktop Wireless

Networking, Internet, Wireless

Networking, Internet, Wireless
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How to Make My Dimension 8300 Desktop Wireless

  • I have a Dell Dimension 8300 Desktop that I would like to make wireless.  I get my Internet conenction via a cable modem from Comcast.

    Do I need a router and an adaptor?  Or just a router?  Which router do you recommend?

    Should I buy my own modem so that I don't have to rent one from Comcast anymore?

    Here are the specs on my machine:

    Dimension 8300
    Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.4GHz w/800MHz FSB, Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
     
    Dell Dimension 8300 Series
     Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.4GHz w/800MHz FSB
     
    Memory
     1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz (2x512M)
     
    Keyboard
     Dellâ„¢ Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
     
    Monitors
     18.1 in 1801FP Dell Ultrasharpâ„¢ Digital Flat Panel Display
     
    Video Card
     New 128MB DDR ATI RADEONâ„¢ 9800 Pro Graphics Card with TV-Out and DVI

     
    Hard Drive
     120GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
     
    Floppy Drive and Additional Storage Devices
     3.5 in Floppy Drive
     
    Operating System
     Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
     
    Mouse
     Mouse included in Dell Wireless Package

    Network Interface
     Integrated Intel® PRO 10/100 Ethernet
     
    Modem
     56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
     
    CD orDVD Drive
     Dual Drives: 48x CD-RW Drive + 8x DVD+RW Drive
     
    Sound Card
     Sound Blaster Audigyâ„¢2 (D) Card w/Dolby 5.1, and IEEE 1394 capability
     
    Speakers
     No Speaker Option
     
    Productivity Software
     Microsoft® Office Basic Edition 2003 w/ Microsoft® Money Standard
     
    Security Software
     McAfee Security Center w/VirusScan,Firewall and Privacy,1-year subscription
     
    Digital Music
     Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH
     
    Digital Photography
     Dell Picture Studio Combo, Paint Shop Pro, Photo Album Premium
     
    Limited Warranty, Services and Support Options
     SAVE $60 (system price shown before rebate) 4 Yr Ltd Warr plus 4 Yr At-Home

     
    Dial-Up Internet Access
     6 Months EarthLink Internet Access Included

    Operating System Enhancements
     Combo: Microsoft® Plus! for Windows XP and Digital Media Edition
     
    Enhanced Software for CD or DVD Burner
     Combo: RecordNow! and MyDVD Deluxe (DVD+RW only)
     
    Dell Media Experience

  • You need wireless router (to attach to cable modem) and you will nedd a PCI (internal) or USB (external) wireless card.

    I would suggest getting them from the same manufacturer.

    I would get "g" protocol even if you do not need higher transfer rate for now.

    Good luck

  • No reason not to rent your modem - the additional features you might get from it are minimal (you can see the signal power if you wanted to) compared to the pain of comcast someday deciding that your modem is at fault and refusing to fix your line because ou aren't using their modem.
  • Hello,


         I would be glad to give you a hand, however, I would need to know a few things first...


    1) What is the goal of you Network? Just Make the Data Source Wireless for the your laptop to use, or would you like to connect more than one computer to the network?

    2) Does your Data Source have an ethernet port, usb port or both?

    3) Do you plan to expand this network in the future?

    4) Do you want any type of security involved?

    If these assumptions are true, then let me know, and I would be happy to help.

    Kevin Converse CTO
    Impulse Connect, Inc.
    converse@impulseconnect.com
    727 786-1291
    www.impulseconnect.com