Recommendations on Wireless Network Adapter

Howdy folks!

I'm looking for the best budget PCIe or USB wireless network adapter, preferably around $30 (and obviously the cheaper the better). It's for a new build for my mom. She doesn't game or stream, so ultra performance isn't necessary - I'm just looking for something that works stable and without known issues.

I don't live near her, so I'm not sure on her exact router model. I know it's what her ISP (NextLight) gave her, which is insanely fast 1,000mbps down speeds. Her rig will have a MSI B450M Mortar mATX mobo.

Thanks in advance!
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  1. I use a Netgear stick for such devices, and they work just fine, and they are not expensive. it wont do AC protocol, the stick that does it is 54$ by them

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
    Wireless Network Adapter: Netgear - WNDA3100-100NAS USB 2.0 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $29.99

    for a PCi with AC your looking at what I use in those cases

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
    Wireless Network Adapter: Asus - PCE-AC51 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $29.99
  2. the best one is the asus pce-ac51 imo
  3. I agree, I use the USB Wi-Fi device to trouble shoot laptops mostly that are brought to me stating the wifi doesn't stay connected. to eliminated a bad wifi card internally., but in his case the Wifi device plugged in back would be fast install for his mom pc.
  4. subterminal303 said:
    Howdy folks!

    I'm looking for the best budget PCIe or USB wireless network adapter, preferably around $30 (and obviously the cheaper the better). It's for a new build for my mom. She doesn't game or stream, so ultra performance isn't necessary - I'm just looking for something that works stable and without known issues.

    I don't live near her, so I'm not sure on her exact router model. I know it's what her ISP (NextLight) gave her, which is insanely fast 1,000mbps down speeds. Her rig will have a MSI B450M Mortar mATX mobo.

    Thanks in advance!

    I bought this: TP-Link Archer T9UH AC1900 High Gain Dual Band USB Wireless WiFi network Adapter and it is excellent, although a bit over your price range; I paid about $55 but it takes a weak signal in our house when nothing else came close.
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