Originally Posted by hobo
...... I had a friend of mine come over with his lap top to see if I could get an internet connection inside my home from somebody in the neighborhoods wireless modem. I do have a connection....
It doesn't matter how long you intend to do this, it is THEFT.
Be prepared for the consequences if you get caught.
On the other side of the coin, serves whoever it is you're stealing bandwidth from right for not securing their network to a degree (still doesn't make your theft right though).
Parts as described above should work providing you can get the signal, as you state you're in a basement with no signal there you may have to move the adapter or pc to better location.