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PCI or USB Wireless Network Adapter

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January 14, 2013 6:56:51 AM

Hi everyone!

Currently my PC has no wireless capabilities. I want to know what is the best option for a wireless adapter in terms of (in order of importance):

- Reliability
- Range
- Compatible for LAN and Internet sharing with both Mac and PC laptops
- Just working
- Decent Speed

I have a budget of about $70 and here are the 2 lists of options:

PCI and PCI Express
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

USB
http://www.umart.com.au/pro/products_listnew.phtml?id=1...

The rest of my build can be seen in my tagline. I appreciate any help and thank you in advance.
January 14, 2013 11:11:39 AM

If a lan cable connection is available to you, I woldn't even bother!
Otherwise, typically hrdware offering the same capabilities either over usb or PCI should give you the same result.
ie. A wireless N 300Mbps dual band usb adapter should work as well as a PCI adapter with the same features.
What you should look for when selecting an adapter is features that will also be available on your wirelss router. So getting a wireless N 300Mbps adapter when your router only supports 54Mbps (wireless G) is pointless, since it will never use the full 300Mbps. Unless you also plan on upgrading the router...
So before wasting a load of cash first check the router capabilities and shop accordingly.
Generally the most important factors are range and speed, both of these are important for a decent connection.
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