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I need help to choose a wireless adapter for my gaming build.

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June 22, 2014 12:19:47 PM

Hello, I am in the process of ordering my new gaming pc build and will be needed a wireless adapter. I know Ethernet is much faster and more reliable but I do not have the time to wire Ethernet cables throughout the house (at the moment). My router is single band but I am I am open to duel band recommendations as I will be upgrading my router in the near future, I don't really want to spend too much but I am looking for quality and performance. Thanks in advance

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June 22, 2014 12:30:25 PM

Jaycor11 said:
Hello, I am in the process of ordering my new gaming pc build and will be needed a wireless adapter. I know Ethernet is much faster and more reliable but I do not have the time to wire Ethernet cables throughout the house (at the moment). My router is single band but I am I am open to duel band recommendations as I will be upgrading my router in the near future, I don't really want to spend too much but I am looking for quality and performance. Thanks in advance


I use one of these on my desktop and have no complaints whatsoever, good range and speed. It's also dual band in case you upgrade. However from a gaming perspective a dedicated PCIe/PCI card may give you better latency/speed.

USB:TP-Link TL-WN821N 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter
PCIe: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter

However a better alternative(albeit more expensive) is Powerline. It uses your homes electrical wiring as an ethernet cable.
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June 22, 2014 12:49:56 PM

randomhkkid said:
Jaycor11 said:
Hello, I am in the process of ordering my new gaming pc build and will be needed a wireless adapter. I know Ethernet is much faster and more reliable but I do not have the time to wire Ethernet cables throughout the house (at the moment). My router is single band but I am I am open to duel band recommendations as I will be upgrading my router in the near future, I don't really want to spend too much but I am looking for quality and performance. Thanks in advance


I use one of these on my desktop and have no complaints whatsoever, good range and speed. It's also dual band in case you upgrade. However from a gaming perspective a dedicated PCIe/PCI card may give you better latency/speed.

USB:TP-Link TL-WN821N 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter
PCIe: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter

However a better alternative(albeit more expensive) is Powerline. It uses your homes electrical wiring as an ethernet cable.


If powerline uses electrical wiring could other electrical products interfere with the connection?
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June 22, 2014 12:55:12 PM

Jaycor11 said:
randomhkkid said:
Jaycor11 said:
Hello, I am in the process of ordering my new gaming pc build and will be needed a wireless adapter. I know Ethernet is much faster and more reliable but I do not have the time to wire Ethernet cables throughout the house (at the moment). My router is single band but I am I am open to duel band recommendations as I will be upgrading my router in the near future, I don't really want to spend too much but I am looking for quality and performance. Thanks in advance


I use one of these on my desktop and have no complaints whatsoever, good range and speed. It's also dual band in case you upgrade. However from a gaming perspective a dedicated PCIe/PCI card may give you better latency/speed.

USB:TP-Link TL-WN821N 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter
PCIe: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 300Mbps Wireless N PCI Express Adapter

However a better alternative(albeit more expensive) is Powerline. It uses your homes electrical wiring as an ethernet cable.


If powerline uses electrical wiring could other electrical products interfere with the connection?


I can't give you a concrete answer, however from my experience with a ps3 hooked up one floor above a router through powerline with 3 phones, a tv and multiple computers between them I see very little degradation in the actual signal when compared to plugging directly into the router. I get about 75% of the speed with about 10% higher latency, bear in mind that the powerline kit I'm using is about 9 years old and the cabling in my house is very old. If you have fairly new cabling and you buy a newer kit I don't think you'd see any noticable interference. Definitely superior to wireless even with interference IMHO.
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June 23, 2014 2:33:39 AM

Just don't connect the powerline adapter to an extension cable: it needs to be plugged directly into the wall socket to work properly. That way you also won't get interference.
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