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What is Best pc adapter card to use (win xp) with Belkin N300?

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April 25, 2013 7:56:16 PM

I have a pretty good distance, prob about 80-90 ft to cover, with a couple walls in between (in another wood frame building). I had only G & wasn't too good but I just setup with new sat serve to get up to 15m downld speeds & want to maximize!
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April 25, 2013 9:39:12 PM

Those are both dual bank adapters & the Belkin N300 is not a dual bank router so although they might be great, probably not the right fit.

I do have some other cable to that building. I wonder what type wire I would need to carry that far without much loss, probably copper centered coax? That might be expensive. I think I'll keep looking for a compatible adapter, maybe belkin has one?
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April 25, 2013 11:01:01 PM

I don't think you're going to get the performance out of a single bank that you think you might. I had a Belkin N150 and I couldn't go 40 feet without losing signal quality.
Cat 6 cable: http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX22316 will go 100' without problem. So this might be your only solution without getting into some expensive hardware.
Can you not get the ISP to extend a connection to your building?
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April 26, 2013 5:59:15 AM

The recommendation to use ethernet cable is the best one. If you are going to run it outdoors keep it out of the sun and water as much as possible. Although they make special outdoor cable normal stuff will work fine for many years. If you are going to bury it though you need to put in something to keep the soil away from it. I normally use that tubing they sell for drip irrigation.

I have no clue what you guys mean about "dual bank". Dual band means it runs on 2.4g and 5g. 5g actually goes less distance because the signal is blocked by walls more. The difference between 150m and 300m also is not a distance thing it is related to transmission of 2 signals overlapping.

The coverage of a router is mostly based on the transmit power and antenna design. Few routers do not transmit at the maximum legal power and most routers have optimized their antennas. Inside almost all routers use chips from the same 2 or 3 manufactures so there is very little difference in the radio transmission part.

The key reason you see so much difference of opinion is that peoples houses are very different. It is almost impossible to predict if one router or another will work better unless your house happens to be built exactly the same.
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April 26, 2013 6:23:56 AM

bill001g said:
The recommendation to use ethernet cable is the best one. If you are going to run it outdoors keep it out of the sun and water as much as possible. Although they make special outdoor cable normal stuff will work fine for many years. If you are going to bury it though you need to put in something to keep the soil away from it. I normally use that tubing they sell for drip irrigation.

I have no clue what you guys mean about "dual bank". Dual band means it runs on 2.4g and 5g. 5g actually goes less distance because the signal is blocked by walls more. The difference between 150m and 300m also is not a distance thing it is related to transmission of 2 signals overlapping.

The coverage of a router is mostly based on the transmit power and antenna design. Few routers do not transmit at the maximum legal power and most routers have optimized their antennas. Inside almost all routers use chips from the same 2 or 3 manufactures so there is very little difference in the radio transmission part.

The key reason you see so much difference of opinion is that peoples houses are very different. It is almost impossible to predict if one router or another will work better unless your house happens to be built exactly the same.


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April 26, 2013 6:44:05 AM

That is a very logical & informative explanation about the dual-band units which everyone locally is saying is a viable solution but I am now doubting based on your good information.

So my question is then, how far can ethernet cable be run. I have a big roll I bought 12 years ago I was going to run in a new building about the time I discovered usable wireless. It is a Category 5e Data Communications Cable UL Type CMR (Gray)-Riser Rated, says "gigabit speed-1,000MBits/Sec, 4 Pair/24 Gauge"

What do you think, can I run it 100 feet & have it work better than the N Router? .....and yes, I will bury it inside something as you suggest that is designed to be buried. I appreciate the help!
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April 26, 2013 8:02:08 PM

ethernet cable is limited to 100m. It will run at full gig speed to that limit. If you exceed 100m it will just not work. Cable either works at the rated speed or it completely fails it never slows down
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