My situation: moving to a new place with wireless internet, but I'm going to be roughly 90 feet away from the router. I currently get little to no signal using a "test" laptop, and using internet is next to impossible. I also have a desktop with no wireless adapter, so I'll need to buy one.
My solution: I plan to upgrade the router from the Linksys WRT54G to something more powerful. I need to be able to have strong signal that is constant, a reliable router that won't need to be reset frequently because I won't always have access to it physically, and the cheapest way of doing this possible (150 dollar limit on router + adapter). The internet is going to be used for random web-surfing, as well as internet gaming (for example, WoW).
Where I'm stuck: I don't know which router or adapter to buy that can achieve something like this. I'm sure I could upgrade to the best possible choices, but that would set me back almost 300 dollars. I'm looking for an affordable way of doing this. I have three "main" questions:
- what router / adapter would be able to give me strong, stable, reliable internet?
- how important is it to brand-match the router and adapter, if important at all?
- i'm assuming a PCI adapter is better than a USB adapter, is this true, and how big of a deal would it make?
I will gladly welcome any and all advice you all can provide for me. The sooner I get these things the better, but I want to make sure I'm making the best possible decision I can.
Just to show I've done a bit of research, I've considered getting the:
- Linksys WRT160N Ultra Range Plus N Router
- Linksys WMP300N PCI Wireless Network Adapter
for about 150 dollars. Is this a good choice? Will it be too strong for what I need letting me go even cheaper? Will it be too weak for what I need and I'll have to go even higher?
Are there any preferred brands? I don't think linksys has an external antenna, but I found a pretty good deal on a recertified router so I'm thinking of making the "economical" choice and getting that along with a PCI adapter. I'll be sure to let everyone know how it works once I set it up