Wifi card with good range

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=N82E16833320048
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  1. 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.
  2. While a better network card will help, you may also need to boost your signal on the router, or possibly get a WiFi repeater to put in the middle between the router and the computer.

    Take a look here http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11334_7-6271405-5.html
  3. 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-Extension-Cable/13077327

    with an extra 16feet the signal would only have to get through 1 floor and about 20feet. is that a good idea?
  4. 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-Extension-Cable/13077327

    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.
  5. 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-repeater-extension-cable-16-feet.html
  6. 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-repeater-extension-cable-16-feet.html


    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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