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Question about Wireless networking on a Desktop.

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June 5, 2013 4:53:41 PM

Okay, Im not even sure if Im in the right area of the forum but here goes nothing.

Im putting together parts for a build im going to try and get in a month or two. While putting the build together I noticed that my Motherboard doesnt support a WLAN connection, Only ethernet. Im located two rooms over from my Wireless router.

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now, If I was building this system, and spending the money on high end hardware, I would most likely spend the money on the Pro Series Z87 to allow for onbaord WLAN. Or, as another example, this Z87 MB with Onboard WLAN - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Would this be the most easy path? Would not take up a slot and supports the newest AC?

If I wasnt, What would I even look for? My current router (Provided by AT&T with their U-Verse Service) offers 802.11 g connectivity and Im about to be upgraded to allow for 802.11n . Is there anything else I need to know to make sure both the Wireless Router and the WLAN card are going to work properly with each other?

Do I need a PCI-e WLAN Card? PCI mini card? I DONT want a USB stick solution, I want an internal Network card.
And I would assume driver installation would be the same as any other internal device? Ive searched Google/Bing for guides but have come out cold. Any help would be nice. As well as examples. =D

Sorry if this seems thrown together. I have the knowlege to build an entire High end system, But networking HAS ALWAYS been my weak point.

On a side note, do most people actually use the Intergrated Ehternet Port on their desktop? Ive always found wireless on a desktop to be great. Would it honestly be better to just run a Ethernet cable threw the wall to my Router?

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June 5, 2013 5:04:40 PM

You can buy a PCIe WLAN card. Most motherboards do not support WLAN.
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June 5, 2013 7:15:40 PM

After doing some more research, I believe something like this would work.

- http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias...

Would allow me to make use of 802.11N and is Dual band so all those Wireless Devices in my house wont cause any noise.

Only thing Im a bit confused about is the 450Mbps. Im not sure if thats fast enough or not lol
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June 5, 2013 7:19:40 PM

The TP-Link 4800 is an excellent WLAN card. Great choice.
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