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Advantages of PCI vs USB Wireless Adapters

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April 3, 2014 7:25:59 AM

Hi everyone. I have a new desktop arriving soon, and the room it's in is not convenient to run network cable. I use my laptop in there frequently now and have no issue with Wifi access.

I'm trying to determine which wireless network adapter I'm going to pickup, and I was wondering if there are any strengths and weaknesses of a PCI adapter vs a USB adapter? Obviously the PCI adapter takes up a PCI slot and USB takes up a USB slot, but beyond that is there anything major worth considering?

This is my wireless router: Linksys E3200 High-Performance Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004T9RR7C/ref=wms_ohs...

These are the two adapters I was considering:

ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band (2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 300Mbps) Wireless-N USB Adapter, Graphical Easy Interface, Live Signal Monitor

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

Rosewill N900PCE Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4GHz 450Mbps/5GHz 450Mbps, 64/128 bit WEP, WPA/WPA2

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

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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April 3, 2014 7:33:16 AM

The PCIe one installs inside your computer cabinet but the USB is going to be sticking out of one of your outside USB ports. The internal one usually has better antennas than the USB as well!
All my desktops have internal cards!
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April 3, 2014 7:38:56 AM

I would prefer an internal card, I have one in my desktop .. Just install it once and forget about it.

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April 3, 2014 7:44:44 AM

The internal ones usually reach farther and are better with heat management. USB adapters are good for when you are in a pinch but I wouldn't use one as a dedicated device. In my experience they tend to overheat and disconnect frequently after extended use.
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April 3, 2014 7:52:06 AM

Great everyone, thanks for the feedback/help! I think I've decided to go with this card: TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter,2.4GHz 450Mbps/5Ghz 450Mbps, Include Low-profile Bracket
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