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11-05-2012, 08:22 PM #1Junior Member
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Recommend a WiFi card or dongle?
I've recently had to move my PC downstairs, but now I need to invest in a good wireless card or usb dongle since I've always just been connected via wire to my router.
I've always had problems in the past with getting a decent wifi card in the past, which eventually led me to just go wired. Unfortunately that's not possible anymore... Are there any that you guys have had good experiences with?
11-05-2012, 08:34 PM #2
You might want to check this out: http://netgear.com/home/products/wir...A6200.aspx#one
A bit expensive, in the $60-80 range, but I'm sure you won't be disappointed. According to their site it says it's better than the N600, which I have and I never had problems with that usb wi-fi adapter. Only thing that might be misleading, though I don't think it's too big of a problem is the fact that the A6200 is USB 2.0 only, not USB 3.0, which means that you might not get the performance that it is advertised to do.Main System (X79 Beast):
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11-05-2012, 08:59 PM #3
D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter with a D-Link ANT24-0230 Xtreme N 2.4GHZ Indoor Antenna. Had to move mine to a basement - essentially 3 floors below the router. Worked great.BBQASUS P8Z68-V PRO; i7 2600k @ 4.1GHz; Kingston HyperX 16 GB @ 1866; Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 90GB SSD with Win7 Home Premium 64bit; OCZ Vertex 2 SATA II 2.5" SSD 60GB - Programs; 2 WD 2 TB Caviar Green RAID1; WD 2 TB Cavier Green in external USB3 case;EVGA FTW 670 GTX; Acer 22 inch Widescreen; PSU: Ultra 4x 1050
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I use a Dlink DWA-160 and it works well. I also have a TP-LINK TL-WN722N on another system. Both work well. Use the WiFi Analyzer app on android or iPhone to check the strength of your signals and choose an empty channel for your wireless connections. Use channels 1, 6 or 11 as these do not interfere with each other. Pick the empty channels. I monitor my channels and sometimes find my neighbors change their channels thus causing interference. Have fun!Summer Folding: Homebrew water cooled Intel 980x/6GB usually 24/7.
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11-06-2012, 02:29 AM #5
I don't like dongles, some models tend to get hot after some time. I suggest getting a wifi card. I believe that's a more solid piece of hardware compared to dongles and you'd eliminate the possibility of misplacing that as wellWordPress Website Builder - PC Hardware Enthusiast - Content Writer - Economist - Foodie
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11-06-2012, 06:38 AM #6
I have the cheap Asus 300 N PCI-E card on Newegg. Thing works like a charm and picks up a ton of wifi at my apartment complex so the range is good too.Univac
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11-06-2012, 01:50 AM #7
If you're going for a USB dongle for long range. Then take a look at this.
http://www.uawifi.com/ or search for Alfa networks USB donglee
Otherwise a cheap tp link 300mbs USB would do. Its for around $20 maybe.
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