How To install a WiFi Dongle on Windows

A member may not be getting adequate internet connection to their desktop or laptop over wifi and want a stronger antenna to connect to their router.

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Difficulty Level: Member

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Estimated time to complete: 10 minutes

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Why This is Needed

A member may not be getting adequate internet connection to their desktop or laptop over wifi and want a stronger antenna to connect to their router.

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Prerequisites

  • The member must have a computer with a USB port and a WIFI router outputting a signal.

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Information to Gather (Questions)

  • Are you using a desktop or a laptop?
  • Are you currently connected to the internet?
  • If so, how are you currently connected to the internet?
  • What is the current speed of your internet?
  • What is the operating system on your computer?
  • What is the model of your computer?
  • How far away is your computer from your router?
  • Do you get better internet speeds on other devices?
  • What is your budget?
  • Do you have multiple devices that you would like to improve the connection on?
  • How many devices are connected to your internet?
  • What are you using the internet for?
  • Have you used internet dongles before?
  • What makes you think you need an internet dongle?
  • Do you carry your laptop around with you?

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Tools Required

  • A Computer
  • A WiFi Connection
  • A Dongle

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Steps to take

  • Plug USB dongle into a USB port on computer.
  • Either wait for the drivers for the dongle automatically install, or install the drivers with other media (DVD, USB) if it came with one. If neither works, go to the company's website, type in your dongle's name, and download the drivers from the product page.
  • In your network configuration settings, which can be accessed by clicking on the WiFi symbol in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and clicking Network and internet settings, set the dongle as your default internet adapter.
  • Select your WiFi from the list of the available connections, input your password if you have one, and connect to the internet.
  • Make sure the connection strength is satisfactory.

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Expected Outcomes

The internet connection on the computer that has the dongle should improve and provide a better online experience.

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