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September 16, 2010 5:34:05 PM

Hi everyone.

I recently completed my first build. I have a Asus P6T motherboard and I was wondering if it is capable of connecting to a wireless network or do I have to buy a separate networking card. If i do have to buy one, does anyone have any good recommendations? Thanks.

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a b V Motherboard
September 16, 2010 6:11:09 PM

Most motherboards have one or two network cards, but only laptops generally have wireless built in.

I prefer cheap USB wireless network cards because they are cheap to replace and easy to install/move.
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September 16, 2010 7:26:00 PM

dndhatcher said:
Most motherboards have one or two network cards, but only laptops generally have wireless built in.

I prefer cheap USB wireless network cards because they are cheap to replace and easy to install/move.



Thanks for the advice. Just to clarify, I will be needing a network card right? And are there any performance differences between the wireless card or the usb wireless card? And would you have any good recommendations for the usb wireless network card?
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a b V Motherboard
September 16, 2010 7:34:59 PM

The motherboard has a network port if you can run a cat5 cable to your switch/router/whatever box your ISP gave you.

If you have to go wireless then you need an adapter. I just grab the cheapest Linksys, Netgear, Dlink, ASUS available and figure I will replace it every year or two. I havent found the PCIE wireless cards to be any more reliable or durable, but they are generally twice as expensive and much harder to install.
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September 16, 2010 7:55:24 PM

dndhatcher said:
The motherboard has a network port if you can run a cat5 cable to your switch/router/whatever box your ISP gave you.

If you have to go wireless then you need an adapter. I just grab the cheapest Linksys, Netgear, Dlink, ASUS available and figure I will replace it every year or two. I havent found the PCIE wireless cards to be any more reliable or durable, but they are generally twice as expensive and much harder to install.


Thanks for the help!
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September 16, 2010 7:55:33 PM

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