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We wanted to add a wireless router to my mother in laws computer but im not sure where the PCI Port is located.

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    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    PCI port..what is that for?

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The wireless router will only require an installation disc and then you will be able to connect to it with your wireless card on your computer, or an Ethernet cable, neither of these require the PCI slots.


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There are no PCI port on the system, but there are PCI slots on the mother board

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