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I plan on buying a desktop computer. I need to know if the desktop computer should be located near the modem? The desktop computer will be located in my bedroom but I have no modem in my room. There's the Verizon FIOS modem device located in the living room. Should I buy a modem for my bedroom or use the one in my living room? Do I need a modem or something else entirely? I just don't want to buy a desktop computer until I know what I am doing first. Is it safe to have two modems in the house?


I can really use some help.


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what does the modem have on the back? Normally you just hook into the modem/router either with Lan cable (cat5) or wifi (wireless). If you get a desktop just make sure it has wifi (most do nowadays but not all), I assume you already use wifi with other devices? The distance shouldn't be a problem. If you can get wifi from that room on a different device then your computer can get it too.
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mow123 wrote:

what does the modem have on the back? Normally you just hook into the modem/router either with Lan cable (cat5) or wifi (wireless). If you get a desktop just make sure it has wifi (most do nowadays but not all), I assume you already use wifi with other devices? The distance shouldn't be a problem. If you can get wifi from that room on a different device then your computer can get it too.


It does come with WI-FI and everything else as well. So, I won't need to plug my computer to the Verizon FIOS modem? I did look at the back of the modem and there are plug slots open which is most likely for the Ethernet.
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You only need 1 modem in the house. You'll have to find out if the modem also has router capabilities to provide you with wireless. You can post the model modem you have here if you don't know if it has wireless capabilities. If it does have wireless, then it's all good. If it's just a modem with no router capabilities, you'll have to buy a wireless router to provide your house with a wifi signal.

Check to make sure your desktop has wifi as well. A lot of new desktops include wifi, but if not then you just gotta get a wifi adapter for it.
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You only need 1 modem in the house. You'll have to find out if the modem also has router capabilities to provide you with wireless. You can post the model modem you have here if you don't know if it has wireless capabilities. If it does have wireless, then it's all good. If it's just a modem with no router capabilities, you'll have to buy a wireless router to provide your house with a wifi signal.

Check to make sure your desktop has wifi as well. A lot of new desktops include wifi, but if not then you just gotta get a wifi adapter for it.



I have a Verizon FIOS Router not modem. My mistake. Since I have a router in my living, do I need to have a modem in my bedroom or just deal with the router in the living room? Do I need to plug my computer to the router or no?

I already checked to see if the desktop comes with WI-FI and it does.
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I have a Verizon FIOS Router not modem. My mistake. Since I have a router in my living, do I need to have a modem in my bedroom or just deal with the router in the living room? Do I need to plug my computer to the router or no?

I already checked to see if the desktop comes with WI-FI and it does.


So I just looked a bit more into Verizon FIOS as I don't have that and have never used it. FIOS is a bit different than typical cable internet connections as it does not use modems. The only thing you need is your Verizon FIOS Router. If you have that and your desktop has wifi then you are set. There's nothing you need to do. Just start up the computer and connect to your wireless network with the router.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

I have a Verizon FIOS Router not modem. My mistake. Since I have a router in my living, do I need to have a modem in my bedroom or just deal with the router in the living room? Do I need to plug my computer to the router or no?

I already checked to see if the desktop comes with WI-FI and it does.


So I just looked a bit more into Verizon FIOS as I don't have that and have never used it. FIOS is a bit different than typical cable internet connections as it does not use modems. The only thing you need is your Verizon FIOS Router. If you have that and your desktop has wifi then you are set. There's nothing you need to do. Just start up the computer and connect to your wireless network with the router.


So, there is no need to plug my computer to the router? I can just set it up and turn it on then I'll be on my way? If by any chance the computer comes with a wire where I have to plug it to the route, what do I do? My Verizon FIOS router is in the living and my bedroom is far from the living room. The desktop computer is going in my bedroom.
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Do you use wifi with any device in your house? It's the exact same thing. The computer will connect to the router wirelessly with it's buil-in wifi. The only thing you'll have to do is go into windows and select your wireless network. The only thing your desktop will need to be plugged into is a wall socket for power, a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

That's how my desktop is setup. It's in my bedroom and my modem/router is located on the opposite side of the house. My computer doesn't have built-in wifi like the desktop your looking at so I had to buy a wifi adapter, but other than that I don't need to connect physically to anything to get internet.
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Do you use wifi with any device in your house? It's the exact same thing. The computer will connect to the router wirelessly with it's buil-in wifi. The only thing you'll have to do is go into windows and select your wireless network. The only thing your desktop will need to be plugged into is a wall socket for power, a monitor, mouse and keyboard.

That's how my desktop is setup. It's in my bedroom and my modem/router is located on the opposite side of the house. My computer doesn't have built-in wifi like the desktop your looking at so I had to buy a wifi adapter, but other than that I don't need to connect physically to anything to get internet.



Alright, thank you. Yes, I use WI-FI in my house. I don't use a WI-FI adapter.
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