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Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 + Wireless network card?

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October 8, 2011 2:28:06 PM

I've tried researching but I'm not really sure what I'm looking at. Does the Extreme 3 Gen 3 have a built in wireless network card? Or will i have to purchase one.... If i have to purchase one, which one should I get to go with a 2wire gateway 2701HG-G?

Help is appreciated.

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a c 717 V Motherboard
October 8, 2011 2:54:48 PM

No, the ASRock does not have a built-in Wi-Fi; see http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre...

I would never use a wireless connection to a Desktop, instead look at the Powerline - http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... if you cannot run a CAT-5/6 line.
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October 10, 2011 10:47:22 PM

Ty for the response, though I would prefer wired, I believe I would have to go wireless. I've selected a card, after researching them. Most of them seem to have mixed reviews, so we'll see what happens.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
October 11, 2011 12:43:35 AM

The Powerline now are twice as fast...

Nice comparison:



In any case, Good Luck! :) 
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October 11, 2011 12:57:35 AM

Hmm, that's quite interesting.... Tempting as well. My wireless connection would likely be terrible considering it has to go through like 2-3 walls. It's definitely something to consider, thank you.
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October 21, 2011 12:18:05 AM

Best answer selected by Jebt.
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October 21, 2011 12:41:35 AM

Hey. I have the Asrock Professional Gen3. I'm running Windows 7 Ult 64. Different board than yours, but avoid this USB wireless connector:

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

Absolutely, positively could NOT get it to work (neither could a lot of other people).

Then I got this USB wireless and it works great:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Worked perfect right from the start.

I also have powerline networking running on this board with these:

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

Initial set up of the tpl303e2k was a bit of a problem (read my newegg review for the whole story) but once I got it sorted they have been great.

Note: You won't get anywhere near the advertised speeds with the powerline networking, and if you, say, turn on an appliance or stove, dishwasher, etc. it can impact your speed / quality.
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