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Windows 7: USB adapter not working like it should. Should I get a PCIe one?

09 Aug 2014   #1
thready

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
USB adapter not working like it should. Should I get a PCIe one?

I edited this question a few times because new stuff keeps coming up. Sorry for all of that...

I have 2 different Medialink Wifi adapters. They both show my network on my dad's PC but won't show my network on my PC. My PC just recently started taking longer to connect to my network and now when I turned it on it just won't see my network. When I plugged the older adapter into my PC, my network came up for a split second and then disappeared. I am restarting my PC now but I am getting frustrated with this thing. If it's not a BSOD from a bad cable or bad drive (as diagnosed by you guys) then it's something like bad Wifi or my graphics card fan getting disconnected from the graphics card motherboard.

My PC is about 10 feet away and has always had 4 out of 5 bars for strength. If it were my adapter going bad then I would not be able to access the internet from this PC I'm using now.

edit: I plugged the adapter into the USB slot right on the board instead of using an extension dongle that connected to my front panel USB port. It seems to have fixed the issue but this brings up another point. Should I just get a PCIe adapter with some long antennas? That seems to be the best option at fixing my connection. I need my connection right when Windows shows up because I have a few startup programs that need an internet connection and if they don't detect a connection then they will just crap themselves. Steam, Skype, Origin, and Skydrive.


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11 Aug 2014   #2
2xg
Microsoft MVP

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Hi thready,

Longer antenna doesn't mean greater wireless coverage, the higher the dBi means greater coverage. Please see the different specs here.
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edit: I plugged the adapter into the USB slot right on the board instead of using an extension dongle that connected to my front panel USB port. It seems to have fixed the issue but this brings up another point. Should I just get a PCIe adapter with some long antennas? That seems to be the best option at fixing my connection.
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11 Aug 2014   #3
thready

Win 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I got the one with the 8 dBi antenna and it should work for me. Thanks
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