Ah, I didn't realize that the card i had mentioned was a mini pcie. It looked pretty similar to the pcie 2.0 1x slot on my motherboard, and i was just hoping thats what it was.
I had similar signal issues with the logitech dongle in the back of my computer, so im assuming id have to use a front port also. I'll look into that other internal card, but maybe the dongle is the best option. Thanks!