Chapter 8. Adding Wi-Fi to a Mobile Computer

In this chapter

  • Choosing a Wi-Fi card

  • Connections and plugs on a laptop

  • Installation software

  • Configuring a Wi-Fi profile

  • Testing your card

  • Connecting to Wi-Fi via Ethernet or USB

Let's suppose you didn't buy your laptop with Wi-Fi preinstalled. Don't worry, be happy! It's easy to add Wi-Fi capabilities to your laptop.

In this chapter, I'll show you how to add Wi-Fi capabilities to a laptop that doesn't have Wi-Fi hardware. Step by step, I'll take you through the process necessary for adding a Wi-Fi card, installing the software necessary to make it work right, and testing it.

Before you know it you'll be using your laptop on Wi-Fi networks everywhere!