1. phillyluna's Avatar
    So I dumped Comcast to get on the internet on TV thing. Being an old lady, I am not very computer literate nor do I own any smart stuff. I have a PC about 4 years old and a flat screen TV about 1.5 years old. My internet provider is Clear. Today I bought a Google Chromecast and a Netgear wireless adapter. I installed the netgear and all the appropriate light are lit. When I pluged the chromecast into the TV and downloaded the set up, I see: " No big deal, but your WiFi is off." Guess what? It is a big deal. How do I fix that? Is my computer unable to work with a WiFi? I am about to toss the whole thing out in the yard. Please help.
    12-26-2013 01:47 PM
  2. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    Hi! Welcome to the forums.

    First, do you know if you have a router and a modem for your internet, or just the modem to plug your computer into?

    If just the modem, you'll need to buy a router (cheaper to buy it from a store than rent one from Clear, probably).

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    12-26-2013 01:59 PM
  3. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    Actually it sounds like the Netgear is the router!

    Is there a phone number on the box? They will help you set it up on your computer and secure it (your WiFi) with a password.

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    12-26-2013 02:01 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! In order to have a home Wifi network, you need a router, which connects to your home's internet. You said you have Clear--is that DSL, cable, or something else? If it came with a modem, you need to hook that up to the router, then set up the router according to its instructions. I'm assuming the NetGear device you have is a router, but NetGear also makes adapters that plug into a USB port to give a device the ability to connect to a wifi network. If you have something like that, then you won't be able to set up a home wifi network correctly.

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    12-26-2013 06:15 PM
  5. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Fyi, a router is typically about 6 inches square or so, often with a couple of antennae. A wireless adapter is usually the size of a thumb drive and plugs into a USB port.

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    12-26-2013 06:17 PM
  6. phillyluna's Avatar
    After 4.5 hours trying to jam everything there is to know about WiFi into my head, I called Google and asked them what the problem is...... "Just a desktop? No smart devices?.....No Chromecast! Nope, can't be done! Where, on anything that I have read about Chromecast does it say "Can't be used with a basic desktop??? Nowhere! The guy said, well, you should know that. The guy from Best Buy should know that. He didn't. Nobody knows that. A router doesn't convert a desktop into a WiFi device. I brought all that stuff back to Best Buy....Then I thought, how do I turn my humble desktop into a WiFi device? Google searches turned up a wireless adapter. That is what I need. Thanks for all your suggestions and B. Diddy, yes, you know. Maybe you should tell Best Buy.
    12-27-2013 09:20 AM
  7. mrsmumbles's Avatar
    I have WiFi from cable internet modem plus router. I can use it with the computer connected to the modem and then every wireless device I have...

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    12-27-2013 09:31 AM
  8. patruns's Avatar
    Where, on anything that I have read about Chromecast does it say "Can't be used with a basic desktop???
    Not to rub salt in the wound but:
    "Requirements
    Wi-Fi enabled supported device and HDTV.
    Wi-Fi use requires 802.11 b/g/n access point (router)."

    That's on the Google Play page for Chromecast.

    You only need a wifi device to set it up. You can cast from a Chrome tab after that on your PC. Do you have any friends with a Android phone that would help out and install the Chromecast app on their phone and set you up?

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app
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    12-27-2013 11:09 AM
  9. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Sorry that it caused so much frustration, but maybe you could look at this as a learning experience. It sounds like you don't have a home wifi network, so maybe it's time to set one up!

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    12-27-2013 12:59 PM
  10. patruns's Avatar
    and a Netgear wireless adapter.
    I just noticed that now. Do you have a wifi router in your home which would be connected to your cable modem? It sounds like you just got an adapter for your PC.
    12-28-2013 11:04 AM

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