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Wireless Card or Powerline Adapter?

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June 8, 2014 9:39:28 AM

Hello internet. :) 

I need wireless on my pc and I don't if the get a wireless card (PCI slot not USB) or the TP-Link-TL-PA211KIT-200Mbps-Powerline-Adapter (http://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-Link-TL-PA211KIT-200Mbps-Pow...)

If I were to get a card what would you recommend that's cheap but still fast or should I get the power adapter that's listed above?

Thanks for your help in advance :) 

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June 8, 2014 9:54:56 AM

The device at that link is not a wireless adapter. It uses your household wiring for a wired connection. The plug at the bottom is for a ethernet cable to go from the device to a computer or a router . With one connected to your router and one connected to the computer, the network traffic is routed between the two plugs over the household wiring. The reason it is so slow is that household wiring has a lot of noise on it from things starting aand stopping and people turning things on and off.

If your router already is a wireless router you should probably just get a wireless card for you computer. USB or PCI won't make much difference because the speed will be controlled by the wireless connection, not the hardware on the computer.
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June 8, 2014 10:36:02 AM

thx1138v2 said:
The device at that link is not a wireless adapter. It uses your household wiring for a wired connection. The plug at the bottom is for a ethernet cable to go from the device to a computer or a router . With one connected to your router and one connected to the computer, the network traffic is routed between the two plugs over the household wiring. The reason it is so slow is that household wiring has a lot of noise on it from things starting aand stopping and people turning things on and off.

If your router already is a wireless router you should probably just get a wireless card for you computer. USB or PCI won't make much difference because the speed will be controlled by the wireless connection, not the hardware on the computer.


Okay ill get a wireless card then. What would you recommend? Thanks for the informative answer about the device I linked.

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