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PC upstairs with no internet

jmwinke 177 52 June 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM
Unfortunately, you are going to be able to determine how little I know about computers very quickly.

I have put a PC that is about 3 years old upstairs. I have a PC downstairs in my bedroom that is tied in with the Comcast/Xfinity internet. All of my cable/internet components are right beside the downstairs computer.

We see a place to screw in a cable for the TV cable upstairs but I need to know EXACTLY (lol) what to buy to get the PC upstairs to work with my existing internet downstairs. Do I just go and buy a router from Best Buy? I don't even know how to install something like that but I'm guessing I can hire someone to do it. Is there anything that I should know in order to get that computer upstairs up and running with internet? Maybe Xfinity will have to do something???

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jean

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Unfortunately, you are going to be able to determine how little I know about computers very quickly.

I have put a PC that is about 3 years old upstairs. I have a PC downstairs in my bedroom that is tied in with the Comcast/Xfinity internet. All of my cable/internet components are right beside the downstairs computer.

We see a place to screw in a cable for the TV cable upstairs but I need to know EXACTLY (lol) what to buy to get the PC upstairs to work with my existing internet downstairs. Do I just go and buy a router from Best Buy? I don't even know how to install something like that but I'm guessing I can hire someone to do it. Is there anything that I should know in order to get that computer upstairs up and running with internet? Maybe Xfinity will have to do something???

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Jean
First things first, identify and post the model numbers of all the networking devices by the downstairs pc and the model of the upstairs PC. Also tell us if you have phone service from comcast and if you rent the modem. We don't need other numbers like the MAC address so don't post that.

If the downstairs computer is the only thing connected to the internet, you many not have a wireless router. You also could be renting a gateway (modem & router in 1 device) from comcast. Do you have other devices connected like a tablet or phone?

I'm assuming the upstairs PC is a desktop. It may have a wifi card built in or it might only have an ethernet port. If you tell us more about it (make/model/windows version/age), it will be easier to help you figure out what it has / needs. You might not have to do anything to the upstairs pc, or you might need to add a wifi card. There are also wired networking options like having someone install an ethernet cable or using MoCa adapters which use your cable wiring.
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What did Xfinity provide you? model of modem? Does your old pc have a usb port?
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Off the top of my head I rent the router/modem from Xfinity. yes we have a laptop, tablets and 3 cell phones connected to it. my computer upstairs just has the USB ports. no wifi
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I do have an Xfinity landline that works in the kitchen only.
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Get a USB WiFi Adapter and connect it to your PC.
You should be able to connect to your home wireless network the same way you do on your phones and laptop.
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I believe that the simplest way for you to go would be to buy an external USB Network card.

Amazon [amazon.com]has several that I personally like but any usb wireless adapter would work.

Whatever you buy it will come with an installation CD. Put the CD in the computer and install the drivers BEFORE you connect the new wireless adapter. The software that was installed with the new drivers will walk you through connecting to your home network.

You should be able to do all of this yourself but if you find that you need more help we will still be around.

If you have further questions please be as specific as you can. It would allow us to get the right answer to you more quickly.
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Get a USB WiFi Adapter and connect it to your PC.
You should be able to connect to your home wireless network the same way you do on your phones and laptop.
this is the cheapest solution. there are wifi adapters for about $3 around.
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A USB wifi adapter is the simplest option, but if the PC is old enough it's still running windows XP do yourself a favor and keep it off the internet or load linux on it.
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this is the cheapest solution. there are wifi adapters for about $3 around.
$3 adapters won't have an external antenna which the OP might want for better range. I would spend $15-20 probably.
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A USB wifi adapter is the simplest option, but if the PC is old enough it's still running windows XP do yourself a favor and keep it off the internet or load linux on it.
She said the pc was about 3 years old = Win7 or worst case it would be vista
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She said the pc was about 3 years old = Win7 or worst case it would be vista
oops I missed that
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Also worth noting that if the room on the second floor and first floor line up (as in any walls are directly above/below one another), running an Ethernet cable would be extremely easy.

This would be a good choice for a wifi adapter: https://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-Ar...00TQD235C/
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She said the pc was about 3 years old = Win7 or worst case it would be vista
would still be able to use a wifi adapter. i have a 5 year old pc running on win7 using a wifi adpater. although its just a couple of meters away from the router.
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would still be able to use a wifi adapter. i have a 5 year old pc running on win7 using a wifi adpater. although its just a couple of meters away from the router.
A wifi adapter is the easiest solution and the one I'm recommending, but a wired ethernet connection will ALWAYS be more reliable.
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