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I have a dell dimension 3100 desktop, and just purchased a fivespot mobile broadband wireless device. Can I get a wifi connection (without connecting the device directly to my tower?

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No, your desktop doesn't have a wifi card. You will have to either buy one and install it or connect the Verizon dongle directly with an USB cable.

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Type 192.168.0.1 into your browser. When it asks you for a password, type 'admin', just like the username. Click Basic Setup at the top. On the drop-down for Encryption Mode, change it to WEP, then make up a password to fill in to Network Key 1. Click Next, then Apply. You can then close that page. Note that while using WEP mode means your network will not be open, it is not really that secure.

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