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usb wifi adapter vs pcie wifi card raw performace

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January 29, 2014 12:54:32 PM

so ive recently build a pc and i need a new wifi adapter i originally had a usb adater because i could position it to get a better signal in my room ive heard rthat a internal card would be a better and more reliable and faster? so i suppose im asking do i get an internal card or an external usb adapter

i have about £15 to spend
January 29, 2014 12:58:44 PM

While wired setups reign supreme, if you are forced to go with wireless, a PCI card is vastly better than a USB adapter. USB adapters tend to suffer from instability and heat issues. If you have a local computer store, you could pick up a PCI wireless adapter from them, and be around budget.
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January 29, 2014 1:12:13 PM

enemy1g said:
While wired setups reign supreme, if you are forced to go with wireless, a PCI card is vastly better than a USB adapter. USB adapters tend to suffer from instability and heat issues. If you have a local computer store, you could pick up a PCI wireless adapter from them, and be around budget.


know any good ones i need links
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January 29, 2014 1:12:31 PM

PCI card tend to have better connectivity due to the antennae that connects to the card. Most USB adapters do not have them. However, depending upon where the PC is placed, and the antennae is placed, you can suffer from muted signals due to metal desks and/or other interfering objects. The best option is a card like this one:

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

Not only is this PCI, which in theory is faster than USB, but the antennae is positionable anywhere within the reach of the cable - which should dramatically improve reception.
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