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Wireless USB Receiver vs Laptop Network Card?

Last response: in Toms Network
September 15, 2010 8:55:32 PM

So I moved into my new house near my university, and the internet in my room works fine on my netbook, but my desktop (which has a newly purchased wireless receiver) has really crappy internet (seems to be the same transfer rate as the netbook, but it unstable and lags at times, other times it's perfectly normal).

So I'm wondering if it's just the particular receiver I purchased that sucks (it got decent reviews), if this is the case I'll return it and buy another one (or an adapter maybe?).

Here are my modem-router and receiver:
September 16, 2010 3:02:57 AM

It is above the table, I'm in the basement and the modem is on the first floor though, still, I don't understand why my netbook's internet works perfectly in the same location.