Help a complete tech idiot: What wireless adapter/dongle (??) should I purchase to boost the wifi range of my laptop?
(Also, maybe you could help me understand some of the tech language or point me to a DIY project an idiot could accomplish...)
Thanks for your patience in advance! I've searched through the past questions on this topic but I must admit it is a little hard for me to deciper.
I'm looking for something like THIS
to allow me to extend the range my laptop can pick up wifi from.
(So, this is called a wireless adapter. Is a dongle a separate category of wireless adapters?)
What is the best type of equipment for getting this done? Or do you recommend a specific model?
I have two options for machines which this will be used on, it can work on one or the other, or both:
a Mac laptop with a nonfunctioning wireless card running OS X
a PC laptop with functional wireless card running XP
My ignoble instinct is to just buy something that I can plug in and do the magic for me, if it exists. But I'm open to gaining some skills that would allow me to be a little more creative and build my own set-up, so if you have a suggestion for a really beginner level instructions or guide, that would be nice too.