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Looking for a Wireless Network Adapter

Last response: in Wireless Networking
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

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