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November 6, 2013 8:34:17 AM

I'm looking to purchase a wireless adapter for my new build because the one I currently have is a piece of junk. I'd prefer it to be usb rather than pci. I will be using it for online gaming, streaming, and internet browsing. I would have used an ethernet cable, but my mom won't let me drill holes in the wall to route it to the main floor. Keep in mind, my pc is upstairs and there are quite a few walls from my room to where the router is. If you have any suggestions please post them.

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November 6, 2013 8:38:09 AM

powerline adapters could be an option. they route ethernet through your houses wiring. need good modern wiring though for it to work properly.

you would want pci or pci-express over usb. usb is slower, and the antenna's just are as big. look at a small usb stick, it has all the components plus a antenna in there. PCI cards can come with 2-3 antenna's. Also, the router needs to be good too.
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November 6, 2013 9:34:49 AM

getochkn said:
powerline adapters could be an option. they route ethernet through your houses wiring. need good modern wiring though for it to work properly.

you would want pci or pci-express over usb. usb is slower, and the antenna's just are as big. look at a small usb stick, it has all the components plus a antenna in there. PCI cards can come with 2-3 antenna's. Also, the router needs to be good too.



Do you recommend any PCIE cards instead of a regular PCI card?

By the way, I mean't PCIE express x1.
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January 22, 2014 7:23:38 PM

The first thing is to understand the capabilities of your router. If your router has limited range and doesn't support "N", it doesn't matter what wireless adapters are used on your clients. The router used is the key. Router placement is also very important.
Are you taking about a PC or a laptop. If you have a desktop computer, the best adapters for that are ones that can be inserted as a internal card and has a antenna in it, like a Netgear nic.
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