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Ethernet Cable Needed?

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tearinghair | 18:30 Sat 20th Jan 2018 | Internet
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BT engineer came out today (3rd time) and seems to have fixed the problem: OK on tablet and phone. PC says 'no Internet connection'.
Ran Windows diagnostics -' connect ethernet cable.' There is a loose cable, but I thought WiFi didn't need ethernet too? If it does, where do I plug it into, please?

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Wi-fi doesn't need a wired connection - that's what wireless means. Does the PC actually have wi-fi capability?
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Certainly does. That's what I thought.
Is the wifi switched on / enabled in your pc?
Perhaps the cable going into the router from your telephone line was loose ?
OK. Does the PC actually 'see' the wireless network, though? When you click the wi-fi icon in the system tray, what do you see?
That's what you thought. Had it connected wirelessly in the past ? May be easiest to use the cable anyway. I do.
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Thanks everyone
I was so fed up with the whole business that I contacted BT yet again - heaven knows what they must think of me - and was advised to plug in the ethernet cable. As if by magic...well, it wasn't the shopkeeper but it was the internet (apologies to anyone reading this under the age of 50). He seemed to be saying that now it's switched on again I can remove the cable, but as long as it's not costing me anything extra(?) I may as well leave it in?
Generally speaking, a wired connection will always out-perform a wireless connection, so I'd leave well alone!
Dave is right...leave the cable in and keep your fingers crossed !

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