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

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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    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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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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