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Windows 7: What's Best For WiFi On A Desktop?

20 May 2011   #1
rslane

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
What's Best For WiFi On A Desktop?

PCI adapter or USB adapter? WiFi router is downstairs and the desktop is upstairs. Any recommendations for the best signal/range adapter?

Computer is Intel DP43TF motherboard, E8500 processor, 4GB RAM, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS.

Thanks!

Bob Lane


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21 May 2011   #2
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

The best is quite expensive, I assure you. If you are just looking for simple connectivity and nothing fancy or special (Ie you don't play too many computer games that require a fast internet), than I would suggest just getting an N labeled router and N labeled adapter. I would personally use a simple USB adapter, but if its location bugs you are you don't have enough USB ports, than go ahead and get an internal N labeled adapter. Many come as PCI-e x1 but it doesn't look like your motherboard has one of those. You might find different, but easiest is USB.
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21 May 2011   #3
gazz9496

 
 

I would go for a pci board with a better antenna over usb for a static desktop.

The board has 3 pci slots http://www.intel.com/Assets/Image/prodlarge/dp43tf.gif

so free up a usb slot and go internal.
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21 May 2011   #4
rslane

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies! Several friends have told me to stay away from USB adapters, which are most suited to laptops. You can move a laptop around to get a better signal. Desktops probably are most suited to the PCI adapter, which is usually in a fixed position.

What about PCI-E x1 adapters? Any good?

Bob Lane
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21 May 2011   #5
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rslane View Post
Thanks for the replies! Several friends have told me to stay away from USB adapters, which are most suited to laptops. You can move a laptop around to get a better signal. Desktops probably are most suited to the PCI adapter, which is usually in a fixed position.

What about PCI-E x1 adapters? Any good?

Bob Lane
Trust me (I have one), getting an "N" USB adapter will give you no trouble. But you can get either one. USB is just easier to install, wont need to unscrew anything or find the right port. The reason I tell you to get one with an "N" on it is because it has the best connectivity, and an "N" USB adapter WILL work perfectly fine. However, you might as well look for the cheapest one, because you wont need any special features, especially with the router. You wont need dual link, you wont need anything like that. Both of these items should cost less than 120$ total brand new. google it in the shopping section, heres a good place to start for your router: Google
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21 May 2011   #6
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can often get a better deal by buying the adaptor and router as a bundle (if your current router isnt N capable) although these are usually USB adaptors (which shouldnt be a problem).

Personally I prefer good old cat5 for my desktop-router connection. Although some people dont like drilling holes in the house.
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21 May 2011   #7
jhansen965

Windows 7 profesional
 
 

I would go with PCI. My school uses them to reduce cords for their desktops. Works great. USB adapters usually have problems and become a pain. PCI's generally have better range anyways.
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21 May 2011   #8
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhansen965 View Post
I would go with PCI. My school uses them to reduce cords for their desktops. Works great. USB adapters usually have problems and become a pain. PCI's generally have better range anyways.
USBs have the ability to directly hook into the computer without cords. PCIs work out of the back of a computer which may cut down on the range (unless your computer's end is toward the router upstairs). USBs can be plugged into the front of the computer's USB ports or the upper back, and any "N" rated USB will have PLENTY of range, as that is what the big hype about "N" is in the first place. PCIs are fine, I am just arguing that they are each pretty much the same, no one is any better than the other in this instance
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21 May 2011   #9
Shadowjk

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

You get a Higher Download and Range with a PCI Card - a USB Network dongles are tempermental but can be good when they want to be - If you are going to be Surfing the web all day or Downloading then PCI if you are using it to check your email every once in awhile then USB

Josh
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23 May 2011   #10
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
You get a Higher Download and Range with a PCI Card - a USB Network dongles are tempermental but can be good when they want to be - If you are going to be Surfing the web all day or Downloading then PCI if you are using it to check your email every once in awhile then USB

Josh
Yeah USB Adaptors get bad rep because idiots plug them into USB 1.0 compliant slots or slots full of dust and debris. Admittidley the throughput on an PCI slot is better, but with USB 2.0 there should be no bottleneck.

The only advantage of PCI is security (cant just unpull it and go) and you still have another USB slot spare.

The advantage of USB is you can quickly whip it out to use in another machine if required. Plus as someone said up the thread it is easier to relocate to try and gain signal strength (although using a USB extension cable is often detrimental to overall performance)
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