Windows 98 internet hook up.

jhn_plsn Jan 6, 2009

  1. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    I know this may be a little off topic so ignore me if you desire. If I can get this done it will relate directly to my trains.
    I have an old Windows 98 computer that I would like to run decoderpro on. Problem is I need to make it internet capable.It has a 56k modem and I run run my other systems off the cable line with a wireless router. I would like to do this the cheapest way possible, but don't allow that statement to stop your suggestion.
    Is there a cable I could run or a wireless device that I can hook up to the PC for access?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Doug A.

    Doug A. TrainBoard Supporter

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    If it has a PCI Slot, (Desktop) PCMCIA Slot (Laptop), and/or USB port you probably have a couple of options.

    PCI:
    -Ethernet Card ($10)
    -802.11 "WiFi" Adapter PCI Card ($40)

    PCMCIA:
    -Ethernet PCMCIA Card ($20)
    -802.11 "WiFi" Adapter PCMCIA Card ($40)

    USB
    -USB-to-Ethernet Adapter ($10)
    -USB-to-802.11 "WiFi" Adapter ($40)

    There may be other ideas, too. These are just what came to mind immediately. Just make sure whatever you buy works with 98.
     
  3. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    Sounds like there are quite a few options. Thank You.
     
  4. N-Jineer

    N-Jineer TrainBoard Member

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    Forget Wireless with Win98, that dog won't hunt.

    Go the Ethernet route - it's cheaper, faster and stable.
     
  5. CSX Robert

    CSX Robert TrainBoard Member

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    I've used wireless ethernet adapters on Windows 98 with no trouble at all.
     
  6. temp

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    It's more complicated then that. Prior to Windows XP wireless didn't "exist" yet - the standard Windows wireless connection window and icon just aren't part of the operating system. Wireless cards and USB adapters can work on Windows 98, but they must bring both a driver and their own unique connection software to the party.

    Read the box to make sure it mentions Windows 98 by name - most newer models, especially if it's a no-name brand, don't bother to make their own connection software (it costs money to write), they just expect Windows to handle everything. If you have this problem with Windows 2000 you can upgrade to SP4 to get the Windows connection software these cards need.
     
  7. DragonFyreGT

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    It depends, I've tried that on my old copy of Windows 98, but Second Edition doesn't like it very much.
     

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