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Built in wifi mother board vs external or pci wireless adapter?

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May 17, 2014 8:34:20 AM

I am building a new gaming pc and my room is too far a way from my router to run a ethernet cord. Should I buy a mother board like the z87 pro from asus or buy a normal motherboard and then get a cheap $15 - $30 wireless adapter?
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May 17, 2014 8:55:20 AM

You could do either.
I think the better wireless solutions will have the option to use a good antenna.
I would exclude cheap USB dongles.
If your build is a small ITX, then you would opt for a mobo with included wifi.

And... consider the option of a long Ethernet cable. 100" might cost $10.
I have one running through the wall to downstairs and back in through the wall.
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May 17, 2014 9:06:53 AM

geofelt said:
You could do either.
I think the better wireless solutions will have the option to use a good antenna.
I would exclude cheap USB dongles.
If your build is a small ITX, then you would opt for a mobo with included wifi.

And... consider the option of a long Ethernet cable. 100" might cost $10.
I have one running through the wall to downstairs and back in through the wall.


Okay so would you recommend a pci wireless card? Which one should I get? And doesn't ethernet lose speed over distance?
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May 17, 2014 9:10:05 AM

Like Geofelt said, go for either a PCI Express card or a long ethernet cable. My office PC uses a usb dongle I had laying around that I got from big lots for around $10. It overheats very quickly and it gets so hot to the point where it loses connection and I have to remove it and let it cool off before putting it in again.

Here's a good wireless network adapter if you choose to go that route:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/tp-link-wireless-network-c...

Also many motherboards with built in wifi are overpriced and it would be better to get an adapter or cable instead.
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