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Looking for a Wireless Network Adapter

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April 30, 2012 1:03:01 AM

I have a desktop with Windows 7 64-bit which originally came with a wireless LAN card built into it. It was a faulty card and did not give me a good connection at all. I uninstalled the driver software and after a month of using a USB adapter, that got weak as well.

I have a Cisco Linksys E3200 Router and I am about 40-50 ft. away from it I estimate, with a door and some walls in between.

I am looking for a very reliable, strong but fairly cheap wireless adapter of some sort that I can connect to my desktop that would receive a great signal from the router. Does anyone have a recommendation?
April 30, 2012 1:29:44 AM

The wireless card that gave me a weak signal was actually a Rosewill RNX-N180PCe Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC and the link you gave me is a Rosewill RNX-N180UBE Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n. Is there a difference and if so what is it? Is that the best one you know of? Thanks.
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April 30, 2012 1:48:07 AM

besides being a USB adapter it comes with a 5dB antenna compared to the 2dB antennas of the PCIe card.

also it comes with an extension cable so you can find a stronger signal

I would prefer this one but it is in the mid price range. It has two 4dB antennas

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


on another note you might have to play around with the location of your router. Sometimes just elevating it will give you a better signal.

The E3200 in my opinion is one of Linksys less impressive routers they came out with. They have already replaced it with the E3500 after less then a year
April 30, 2012 11:40:48 PM

thanks emerald. But which one of the links you gave me has the extension cable cause I could use one of those. Or do they both have it?
May 1, 2012 5:02:18 AM

both come with a cable and if that is not enough you can use another 6ft extention
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