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Canada, want a good PCIe wireless adapter

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September 12, 2013 2:39:42 PM

My budget is about $50. My IPS provides me with a 50MB/s signal, and I want to be able to reach the full speed. My PC is in my room, the router is in the living room, which is about 7 or 8 meters away. There's a wall in between. Is it possible ? If it is, recommend me a good wireless adapter that can do it for my budget.
September 12, 2013 2:53:59 PM

First off, your ISP probably provides you with a 50 mbps connection, which is equivalent to 6.25MB/s. Just to clear that up. That being said, chances are that you won't reach your full speed. You need to tell us what type of wifi your router supports before we can help you, it will most likely be 802.11a/b/g/n. N is the only type that would give you a chance of downloading near the speeds you have. But at a range of 8 meters, a wall, and additional interference, you'd probably be lucky to see 4MB/s download. You'll more likely see around 2-3 MB/s if you want the full speed, your best bet is wireless.
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September 12, 2013 3:03:10 PM

Yeah, sorry, 50 mbps. Right now, I'm connected with a cable, but it can't just go straight, so it's actually a very long cable, and it only gives me 10 mbps. Would I even see a difference by going with some good wireless adapter ?
My router is the Bell Sagemcom f@st 2864. I don't really know what specifications are important, here is the full list :

Spec:

• Network :
- Multimode VDSL2/ADSL 2+/GigE
- VDSL 2 : G 993.2
- ADSL 2+ : ANSI T1 413
ITU G.992.1 (G.dmt)
ITU 993.3, G.992.5
Annex A or B (option)
- Gigabit Ethernet
• User :
- 4 Eth 10/100/1000 Base-T
- Up to 3 USB 2.0 host for Accessories
- 802.11 b / g / n (draft2.0), WiFi access point in 2,4 GHz
WIRELESS SECURITY
• WPA/ WEP with 64 or 128 bits key
• MAC Address Access List
• Easy Pairing (WPS)
NETWORK
• VDSL2 and GigE
- General : up to 8 VLAN
- Encapsulations : IP/Eth
RFC 2516 (PPPoE)
• ADSL 2+ :
- ATM AAL-5
- UBR,CBR, VBRrt, VBRnrt
- Up to 16 Vcc
- OAM cells
- Encapsulations : IP/ATM
Eth/ATM
PPPoA, PPPoE
PPP FUNCTIONS
• PAP/CHAP
• Multi PPPoE sessions
• PPPoE client termination
• PPPoE session pass-through
IP FUNCTIONS
• General :
- NAT/PAT
- DHCP client and server
- DNS relay
• Routing :
- Static/dynamic routing
• IGMP Proxy/snooping
• Firewall :
- Address, port and protocol filtering
- State full Packets Inspection
• Quality of service : DiffServ
MANAGEMENT
• Firmware upgrade by FTP
• Auto provisioning by ftp
• Configuration : http, Telnet
• http Quick configuration
• TR-069
ELECTRICAL SAFETY
• Compliant with EN 60 950, EN 41003
ENVIRONMENT
• Operating temperature : 5°C to 45 °C
• EMC : 89/336EEC
EN 55022 Class B
EN 55024
PHYSICAL FEATURES
• External Power supply
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September 12, 2013 3:14:05 PM

Are you running a cable directly from the router? More importantly, what type of cable is it. See if you can find the Category rating written on it, should say something like CAT 2, CAT3, CAT4 etc. Where did you get the cable and how long is it? While I think you could get better connection than what you're currently getting from the cable, You won't be able to get the full connection.
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September 12, 2013 3:21:41 PM

The cable needs to run through our basement, so it's two category 5E cables, connected with a category 5E coupler.
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September 12, 2013 3:23:50 PM

When combined do your cables extend beyond 100m?
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September 12, 2013 3:24:32 PM

No. Looks more like a total of 20m.
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September 12, 2013 3:27:56 PM

You could have a bad coupler that is slowing your speeds down then, if it is loose at all you could have a bad connection. Have you contacted the ISP and told them you aren't getting the speeds you signed up for?
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September 12, 2013 3:30:00 PM

I tried it on another PC that is connected directly to the modem, and I'm getting 52 mbps. So that's not the problem. It might be the coupler, though. So it would be better to just get a single, new, longer cable ?
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September 12, 2013 3:37:06 PM

Single cables are always the better route, there is no chance that you'll have something like a coupler problem, and if the cable is bad, you'll know. As far as wired vs. wireless, it will be much cheaper and you will get better results with a wired connection.
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September 12, 2013 3:39:28 PM

Then I'm just going to go with cables. I'll need two, as I also got another PC to connect with it. I want it to be as cheap as possible, and get something that will be long enough. Lets say 25m, if it is possible, just to make sure. Do you have any to propose me ?
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September 12, 2013 3:51:03 PM

These are 100ft cables, so about 30m cables, but for the price it it's hard to beat. You'll probably be fine with unshielded cables (UTP) and if that's what you want this is 100ft for 11.17 USD:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&...

If you want to be extra safe, you can get shielded cables (STP) for about 6 dollars more:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&...

Up to you, the UTP cables come in the entire rainbow, if you're interested in that stuff, but STP ensures no interference from whatever may generate EMI (see: any cable that runs electricity).
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September 12, 2013 4:08:47 PM

Well, anything else that won't cost me like 10 times the price to get shipped and everything ?
Because the first cable that you proposed will cost me, with shipping and everything else, $60.
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September 12, 2013 4:14:16 PM

Wow. I didn't factor in shipping outside the US. I have no recommendations for you then. For the most part a cable is a cable, so there isn't a reason to buy a super expensive ethernet cable if you don't have to, Newegg.ca might be your best bet:
http://www.newegg.ca/Network-Ethernet-Cables/SubCategor...
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September 12, 2013 4:16:02 PM

What about the one that I linked ?
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September 12, 2013 4:24:43 PM

Seladon said:
What about the one that I linked ?


Sorry, missed the link. That looks good to me, The price seems a little too low, but at the same time, if you lose 2.40 I doubt that it's going to cause major harm to your finances. I would aim more for this price range:
http://www.amazon.ca/Premium-Ethernet-Network-Plated-Co...
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September 12, 2013 4:32:37 PM

Ordered them, thanks a lot, sir !
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September 12, 2013 4:34:23 PM

Seladon said:
Ordered them, thanks a lot, sir !


Not a problem! Glad I could help.
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