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Wifi card with good range

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August 9, 2010 2:30:12 AM

right now im using a Belkin USB wifi adapter. but my router is at least 40ft away through 3 walls and a floor. so it cant even get a signal from that range. im looking for a better card


are USB's better or Pci's?


what do you think of this one or do you have any suggestions?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 9, 2010 2:43:27 AM

PCI cards are usually better. The card you found on Newegg is a great card; however, you have four surfaces you trying to go through which might be a little much.

The higher the density of the surface the more signal strength is lost.

If you get to weak of a signal, you could try to add high-gain antennas pointing towards the router to make it work.
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August 12, 2010 4:57:40 PM

Emerald said:
PCI cards are usually better. The card you found on Newegg is a great card; however, you have four surfaces you trying to go through which might be a little much.

The higher the density of the surface the more signal strength is lost.

If you get to weak of a signal, you could try to add high-gain antennas pointing towards the router to make it work.


ok so while waiting for paypal transfer to get teh newegg card i decided to try a USB. so i bought a Linksys ae1000 (65$) and im still only getting one bar. its extremely annoying. so i was thinking . do you think this would help?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Belkin-F3U130-16-USB-Extensio...

with an extra 16feet the signal would only have to get through 1 floor and about 20feet. is that a good idea?
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August 12, 2010 5:03:08 PM

CrysisComa said:
ok so while waiting for paypal transfer to get teh newegg card i decided to try a USB. so i bought a Linksys ae1000 (65$) and im still only getting one bar. its extremely annoying. so i was thinking . do you think this would help?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Belkin-F3U130-16-USB-Extensio...

with an extra 16feet the signal would only have to get through 1 floor and about 20feet. is that a good idea?


That link did not open, but USB signal will have an issue going through 16' of cable. Any cable over 6-10' may cause an issue. I had someone move a scanner with a longer USB cable and the thing would scan once and stop. Issue was that the cable was too long, soon as I put on the original 6' cable, no issues.
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August 12, 2010 7:14:18 PM

hang-the-9 said:
That link did not open, but USB signal will have an issue going through 16' of cable. Any cable over 6-10' may cause an issue. I had someone move a scanner with a longer USB cable and the thing would scan once and stop. Issue was that the cable was too long, soon as I put on the original 6' cable, no issues.


so it wouldnt work if i got three 6' ones and added them together?

also keep in mind this is an Active usb extender.


might something like this work without losing signal?
http://www.bearextender.com/accessories/usb-active-repe...
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August 12, 2010 8:32:14 PM

CrysisComa said:
so it wouldnt work if i got three 6' ones and added them together?

also keep in mind this is an Active usb extender.


might something like this work without losing signal?
http://www.bearextender.com/accessories/usb-active-repe...


That may work, but I can't vouch for how well as I have never used the device. From what they show though, it will be better than a standard long USB cable.

Check on USB standards on wiki or somewhere, I'm sure you will get distance limits and so forth. Just take any max range things with a grain of salt, sometimes it's the signal technically will be there but would be corrupted and weak enough to be useless.
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