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Wireless Desktop Router

By JaysonBluejay ·
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I have a desktop PC that doesn't have WIFI capability. But my (AT&T) modem can be directly WIFI accessed by computers that do have this ability, using the given pass code.
I purchased a Gigabyte AirCruiser wireless desktop router to eliminate the need for a cable from the modem to my computer (too many wires in the way). But the instructions state I need to "connect the Internet cable coming from your ADSL/Cable modem into the WAN port of the AirCruiser G Desktop Router" and then plug the patch cable provided "into the LAN port of the AirCruiser and the other end into the LAN port of your Desktop NIC".
The "patch cable" connection is, of course, perfectly clear. But I don't understand the modem connection! What's the point of a wireless router that must be wired to the modem? What purpose does it serve if my modem already includes WIFI capability?
Question- Being that my modem does send/receive a WIFI signal, do I still need to connect the modem cable? Or will the Router be able to access this signal directly? If not, it would seem I purchased a device useless for my intended purpose.
Thanks for any advice.

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by dave_thegeek In reply to Wireless Desktop Router

Why you have not gotten a response before now is you did give the name of the router but not a model number, there are different types.

I'm assuming your desk is across the room from your AT&T wireless modem so you want to use the AirCruiser as an Access Point with your desktop plugged into the new router instead of a wire running across the room? Really can't make a suggestion without more detail

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by JaysonBluejay In reply to Wireless Desktop Router

Router description:
Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Desktop Router

Checked with tech at shop I use.
Advised this is old type router - just send, no receive.
Apparently intended for sites with multiple computers - communication 1 way.
Seems almost silly to me.
As far as I know, all modern modems can communicate 2 way with WIFI capable computers
(and some smart phones, perhaps).
New dual action routers are small plug-in type.
Similar to devices now typically used for wireless mice and keyboards.
Available retail about $20. Ebay many - start about $1.
Bid on 1 yesterday. Should, I hope, solve my problem.

Incidentally- thanks for your answer.
Modem is actually quite close to current computer location.
But with printer and 3 external hard drives, any wire I can eliminate from clutter is a plus.

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by JaysonBluejay In reply to Wireless Desktop Router

Router description:
Gigabyte AirCruiser GN-BC01 802.11g Wireless Desktop Router

Checked with tech at shop I use.
Advised this is old type router - just send, no receive.
Apparently intended for sites with multiple computers - communication 1 way.
Seems almost silly to me.
As far as I know, all modern modems can communicate 2 way with WIFI capable computers
(and some smart phones, perhaps).
New dual action routers are small plug-in type.
Similar to devices now typically used for wireless mice and keyboards.
Available retail about $20. Ebay many - start about $1.
Bid on 1 yesterday. Should, I hope, solve my problem.

Incidentally- thanks for your answer.
Modem is actually quite close to current computer location.
But with printer and 3 external hard drives, any wire I can eliminate from clutter is a plus.

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