You would not need a specific card for your laptop unless you wanted to upgrade to N technology. You would need a Internet Service Provider (ect. cable, verizon) and a router. I'd have Geek Squad setup your router to ensure it is properly setup and secure.
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First Connect the Desktop with Netgear Router with the Ethernet cable. Open the Netgear GUI and configure a Wireless Network. Once its configured, switch On the WiFi switch from your Laptop and try to connect your Laptop. Make sure your laptop has an in-built Wifi adapter, if it doesn't then you would need to buy an USB based Wifi Adapter.
Also if you want to use the Internet with your Desktop PC without being connected with the Netgear Router then make sure it has Wireless connection capability.
Do you want to update your software or do you want to update your equipment? Updating your software would be just like applying an update to your WiFi software through the internet. Upgrading your equipment would be like buying a higher end or different ranged wireless card for your laptop. This would increase your capabilities of wireless internet coverage. You could also buy a better router if the "main floor's" wireless access point (router) is not that strong-signaled. It's not that hard to change your wireless card within your laptop. There's plenty of websites that you could find through google that could assist you with that. Just gotta be willing to strap out the cash. Good Luck!
Check the BIOS setting - the wireless card needs to be enabled.
Next check Control Panel - Device Manager - Network Connections. The wireless card it should be enabled and working. If it has a yellow ? against the wireless card then the wireless card driver needs to be installed.
For details on configuring and securing a wireless router and configuring the wireless card in the computer, please click on this link and follow my instructions :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r3559128-wireless_router_security
You don't need a router for the laptop it has a wireless card in it already, buy a router for your home PC and I would buy a linksys with cap 5 network cables and wireless connections so you can use the printer off of the home computer PC. If you have high speed Internet you can request for a router for free with a wireless and cap 5-cable capacity.
You just buy a laptop with built wireless card or built in WIFI capability since you will buy a wireless router, that built in modem that you are saying is a modem use for dial up and you do not need that because I believe you have a broadband connection like cable or DSL internet...
If you were using Desktop PCs, then usually you need to install a WiFi Card to make it WiFi Capable (its like a LAN Card but with Antenna, or you can simply purchase a USB WiFi device if you dont want to open your Computer. if you were use a Laptop check for WiFi setting or switch on your Laptop and turn it on, make sure your WiFi driver is installed properly.