How to Watch TV Using a PCMCIA Wireless G Card

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How to Watch TV Using a PCMCIA Wireless G Card
PCMCIA cards are used for mobile devices like laptops. (pc card insertion end image by Georgios Alexandris from

PCMCIA is a type of hardware slot some laptops have. PCMCIA cards can be used for a wide variety of devices, one of which is wireless networking if you don't want to use a USB device. The "G" in a wireless "G" card is how fast it is. There are three speeds of wireless equipment: "B" (the slowest) "G" (second slowest) and "N" (the fastest). The main purpose for PCMCIA network cards is connecting to the Internet, where you can check e-mail, play games, and even watch online TV.

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Things you need

  • PCMCIA card
  • Wireless network

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    Insert your wireless "G" PCMCIA card into your PCMCIA slot. Give Windows a little time to detect and install the card automatically. It will display the message "Your hardware is installed and ready to use" when it is done installing the card.

  2. 2

    Click on the wireless icon (there is a picture of the wireless icon in the Resources) in your system tray with the right mouse button and select "View available wireless networks" from the menu that appears.

  3. 3

    Wait for Windows to bring up the available wireless networks window and detect the wireless networks in range of your wireless PCMCIA card. When you see the network you want to connect to, click on it once, then click on the "Connect" button in the bottom right corner of the wireless networks window.

  4. 4

    Wait for your computer to connect to the wireless network you selected. It will say "Connected" under the name of the wireless network in the available networks window. Exit out of that window and click on "Start > Internet Explorer."

  5. 5

    Use Internet Explorer to navigate to a popular search engine (like Google, Yahoo, or Bing) and search for a website you'd like to use to watch TV online. There also are links to some free online TV services in the Resources section. TV Channels Free and Freetube work the same way. You select the category of TV channel you want to watch from the home page, then pick a specific channel to watch that channel live. Through Hulu, you have to search for a specific TV show you want to watch, then watch it in episodes instead of regular live TV.

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