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Best Wireless adapter for New PC build. Windows 7 64Bit Talk Talk router

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March 20, 2013 4:26:04 AM

Hi there guys, i'm building a pc soon and will be connecting to my home Wifi.
i'm just looking for some ideas as to the best wireless adapter; I would've gone for netgear although they don't have drivers for Windows 7 64 bit which I'll be using.
My other idea is a Belkin Wireless N300 but looking for a bit more help from people who know about this kinda stuff than me :) 
March 20, 2013 4:52:42 AM

Cnet and Tom's have excellent reviews of the newest routers. Asus has a router that supports the new 802.11ac standard and it consistently comes out the highest rated in reviews.
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March 20, 2013 5:09:07 AM

thanks for the reply, but i'm after advice on what USB adapter to use, not the router.
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March 20, 2013 5:27:25 AM

I assume it is a desktop since most laptops come with very good wireless.

The one you linked is ok I guess the main selling point is it is very small. In this case they try to say they can run 300m which requires mimo support..which means it has multiple antenna. I doubt they can meet the spacing requirements for effective antenna placement in a tiny package. Also if you were to plug this into the back of the machine you will almost be surrounding it with metal

For desktop machine I much prefer a larger unit that you can set on top of the machine. This allows you to move it around a bit if you do not get strong signal or use a 15ft USB cable and put it across the room if things are really bad.

This is one I have used that works well and is cheap I just wish you could replace the antenna.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you main concern is appearance and hiding the adapter the one you linked will likely work ok.
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March 20, 2013 9:01:32 AM

how far from the router and how many walls and whether they are brick or plasterboard affects which adapter you need

personally i prefer ones where you can remove the antenna and put a better antenna on if needed

and i use a 6 foot usb cable so the case doesnt block the signal

i am in a victorian building and these brick walls are thick
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March 20, 2013 9:06:27 AM

thanks Bill, I linked the one in OP because it seemed to have a good connection speed; I'm not fussed about it being discrete. I'll take a good connection speed over discreteness every day of the week :) 
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March 20, 2013 9:10:29 AM

and @mcnumpty, first of all nice username, and my room is directly above the room where the router is.
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