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PostSubject: question on network card   3/23/2010, 16:11

I am still looking at computers. I think I have found the one I want on HP's site and am looking at the custom options. (I currently have an HP and have like it.) For the network card, it looks like there is not an option to have both a ethernet and wireless. That is fine for now, I want an ethernet card, but what if I decided later I want a wireless? What would I have to do?

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PostSubject: Re: question on network card   3/23/2010, 23:58

Fay, there should be an ethernet port on there even though the computer is wireless. What model HP computer is it? You could contact HP sales and verify it one way or the other.

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PostSubject: Re: question on network card   3/24/2010, 00:19

But if there is an ethernet port she would have to be hard wired to a router or modem correct? Where an ethernet card she could be wireless.

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PostSubject: Re: question on network card   3/24/2010, 03:22

I am looking at 2 different computer models
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=desktops&a1=Category&v1=High+performance&series_name=HPE180t_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/desktops/High_performance/HPE180t_series

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http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=desktops&a1=Category&v1=High+performance&series_name=HPE170t_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/desktops/High_performance/HPE170t_series


On both of them - when I go to the customize screen and go to the network card selection, there are radio buttons to select what you want. Integrated etgernet is the default. If I click on any of the wireless options - it un-selects the integrated Ethernet.

As I said, that is really ok for now, I don't really want wireless at this time. But, Whatever computer I get I plan on having for a long tine. I have had my current one for about 7 years. Just want to make sure I'll be able to use it to do what I need in the years to come.

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PostSubject: Re: question on network card   3/24/2010, 11:04

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PostSubject: Re: question on network card   3/24/2010, 13:36

I took a look at the computer specs and it does look like you get either one or the other, but not both, but I'd call to make sure. They may give you both options if you order over the phone and install both cards needed as a custom order.

Or, you can get the ethernet card installed on the computer at HP and then go to a place like Staples or Best Buy and get either a USB Wireless Network adapter, or a Wireless Desktop Card Network adapter and install the card yourself at a later time. These are probably your least expensive options. Network adapters start around $12 and go up from there, but even the most expensive are cheap.

When you go wireless, you will need a wireless router, or a WiFi Access Point that you can connect to your existing ethernet router.

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PostSubject: Re: question on network card   3/24/2010, 14:48

Repa,

Ok, I think I will just stick with the ethernet for now. If I undersand you correctly, I should be able to add what I need for wireless later, if I decide I want it.

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