I am trying to convert my desktop to a wireless unit. I have a Cisco USB "N" wireless adapter. When I plug it in the usb port on the desktop, there is no recognition of the usb adapter.
If I plug the fivespot in the desktop, I can get internet.
What do I need to do so I can run my desktop and laptop at the same time?
I wireless internet adapter is a 'card' of sorts that you would add to your system. You would install it like you might install a new hard drive, video card, RAM, etc. Most if not all laptops come pre-installed with one, but it's rare to find one in a stock desktop (though becoming common in custom built PC's).
As far as getting one: many tech stores have them. Best Buy, I know for sure, carries some that are easy to install without need for in-depth hardware knowledge. Office Depot and your local comp. repair store will also carry them. They'll cost anywhere between $25 and $150or more, depending on the quality of the device.
Does that help?