Wireless card or USB adapter for desktop advice

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by WirelessInn, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. WirelessInn

    WirelessInn LI Guru Member

    I have to relocate my desktop away (beyond LAN reach) from my ATT/2wire modem. I want to do so vis WiFi wireless adapter. Looking either at PCI card adapter ot USM adapter. Any advice on which way to go? Any reason to be looking at RangeBooster and such equipment?
    Thanks for any advice
    - Roger T
  2. erratio

    erratio Addicted to LI Member

    I've generally found PCI cards to be more reliably handled, at least by Windows. USB would be a good option if you're not comfortable opening your computer, or you may want to use the adapter in another computer/device.

    Getting technologies such as MIMO may be beneficial to increase your range, but keep in mind that you're also limited by the modem, and most likely it's not needed for the distance you're moving. Any other performance tweaks must be supported by the modem also for them to be beneficial, and also keep in mind your primary speed bottleneck will likely be the Internet and not the WLAN.
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