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    hello, i have just purchased a Dell Optiplex GX260 and it has been delivered today, and someone told me on here that i would be able to go wireess on with it, is this just utter rubbish or do i need a network card, or something else, please help

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    You can go wireless you would just need to purchase a wireless adapter

    I.e.

    ]This or ]This

    Note you can get them much cheaper than those two, I have just included them for example

    I had a similar computer (GX270 I think) and it didn't have a wireless card as standard.
    There's an easy fix though. If you already have a router, you can just buy a usb wifi stick, available at most supermarkets for a modest sum.
    I don't know what range they have though - may only be 10 metres, so check before you buy.
    What's the distance from computer to router?

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    backtothecaves;2676648

    I had a similar computer (GX270 I think) and it didn't have a wireless … I had a similar computer (GX270 I think) and it didn't have a wireless card as standard.There's an easy fix though. If you already have a router, you can just buy a usb wifi stick, available at most supermarkets for a modest sum.I don't know what range they have though - may only be 10 metres, so check before you buy. What's the distance from computer to router?



    i dont know exactly but i would say 30 to be safe

    Or in other words: NO

    You will have to purchase a wireless adapter.

    Sorry

    Shima

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    ok cheers guys, rep coming, anyone know where i can get 1 at the cheapest price?

    What was the point in quoting the entire specs of the machine, you could just link to them and say no rather than adding an extremely long post everyone has to scroll past.

    As mentioned in the second post you can buy either a PCI card to slot into the machine more permanently or a USB stick. I'd go for the PCI card version if you're planning on using the machine regularly as with an aerial it will tend to get better reception and won't get in the way like a USB version can. However if you're only going occasionally online with it a USB stick is handy for this especially as you can use it with any other computer without wireless.

    You may want to give your thread a better title if you want people to read it.

    John

    maddness007;2676689

    ok cheers guys, rep coming, anyone know where i can get 1 at the cheapest … ok cheers guys, rep coming, anyone know where i can get 1 at the cheapest price?



    Probably the FS FT section here,

    Or one of there

    ]here, ]here or ]here are all pretty cheap

    Sorry - should also have asked - what grade router do you have? They are normally b or g.
    g is better and might get you going for a 30 metre distance.
    You may be better off getting a card, but be careful - the small form factor boxes take smaller PCI cards only.
    Get the card with the best range possible - 30m is probably a bit too far for b or g

    As the others have said, no, the GX260 does not have a wireless network card. I'd have to recommend against buying one, though - wireless networking is slow, unreliable, troublesome, and far less convenient than wired networking, which is something you can set up by buying a Cat6 cable from eBuyer for about £8, and connecting one end to the router, and the other to the back of your PC, where you'll find a network port.

    Wireless is massively overrated, but its quite useful if you've got a mobile system. If you're not moving your system around though, there's really no point in it. Desktops should always be wired.

    Actually the small form factor GX's do have two full size PCI slots via a 90 degree riser which has been in every one I've seen so I assume it's standard. The AGP is half height though and won't take a full size graphics card.

    John

    dxx;2676735

    As the others have said, no, the GX260 does not have a wireless network … As the others have said, no, the GX260 does not have a wireless network card. I'd have to recommend against buying one, though - wireless networking is slow, unreliable, troublesome, and far less convenient than wired networking, which is something you can set up by buying a Cat6 cable from eBuyer for about £8, and connecting one end to the router, and the other to the back of your PC, where you'll find a network port. Wireless is massively overrated, but its quite useful if you've got a mobile system. If you're not moving your system around though, there's really no point in it. Desktops should always be wired.



    I would agree, you also have the option of using ]home plugs so you don't need a long ethernet cable trailing your house

    Johnmcl7;2676703

    What was the point in quoting the entire specs of the machine, you could … What was the point in quoting the entire specs of the machine, you could just link to them and say no rather than adding an extremely long post everyone has to scroll past.



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    thanks, i have no rep left so ill give some out when i get some more
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