How to Receive a Wi-Fi Hotspot on a Home Desktop PC
By Mark Robinson
It's easy to receive a Wi-Fi hotspot connection on a laptop, but most people don't know that you can receive a connection on your home desktop personal computer. Getting wireless access on your desktop PC is just a matter of installing a wireless adapter to your home desktop PC. Using a wireless network connection on your desktop PC helps reduce wiring and allows you to station your Internet connection source farther away from the desktop PC.
Install a wireless adapter to your home desktop PC. Most wireless adapters come in the form of a USB dongle that can be plugged into one of the USB ports of your computer. Plug in the wireless adapter and follow the installation instructions that came with the adapter. A more permanent solution is to install a wireless adapter card into one of the expansion slots of your desktop. This solution is more work-intensive and requires opening your desktop computer.
Open the network configuration settings on your home desktop PC. Scroll through the list of available wireless networks until you see the name of your desired hotspot. Click on the name of the hotspot and enter any security information needed to connect to it.
Navigate to a website to confirm that you have network access. Attempt to access another website if you cannot access the current one. If you cannot reach any websites, check that the wireless adapter is operating correctly.
Mark Robinson is a freelance graphic designer and writer. Since 2008 he has contributed to various online publications, specializing in topics concerning automotive repair, graphic design and computer technology. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from Alabama A&M University.