Alright, so i have done some research about the pros and cons of an internal and a usb wireless adapter. I have a wireless network setup in my house and my computer is the farthest from the router. I am currently using a usb adapter and it works, but I only have half the possible signal. My girlfriend recently got a laptop that came with an internal adapter ,as they normally do, and when I connected it to the network while being in the same room as my computer it had 4 out of the 5 bars. It had a much better signal then my computer which uses the usb adapter, now I have read that usb are better and pick up signals better, but what could be the problem. Could it be my usb adapter, should I try another or try an internal? Thanks in advance for the answers
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February 22, 2009 7:16:39 AM
Wish it were so simple.
Laptop's wireless technology is probably newer than the USB stick -- or has newer driver.
On the other hand, the USB can be re-orientated more easily (with extension lead).
Personally I would usually avoid USB as the only real advantage is that it can be moved from desktop to laptop as needed.
For desktops I would always go with PCI -- for laptop use a card for whatever slot you have (PCMCIA or newer).
In the meantime, update your USB wirless adapter's driver and try using the extension lead.