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    I am moving back to University next week and it turns out my landlord uses wireless internet in the place I am leasing out. So I will need a PCI wireless adapter card to make sure my desktop pc remains hooked up to the internet.

    Any suggestions? Preferably under 50$. Thanks in advance. I should also mention that I currently use Windows XP SP3 and will probably get Windows 7 this fall.

    EDIT: I found some cards, however I am not sure how to gauge how good they are. I am assuming the more Mbps, the better.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124115
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156054
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127080
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166021
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833180052
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833315078
    Last edited by FLIPmode; 08-26-2009, 08:07 PM.

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    Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

    Originally posted by FL1Pmode View Post
    ... I am assuming the more Mbps, the better
    The short answer is NO the more the better doesn't necessarily apply here.

    Alright so welcome to the tangled mess that is WiFi...

    First off there are four wireless standards currently in existence IEEE 802.11A, IEEE 802.11B, IEEE 802.11G, and IEEE 802.11N. These wireless standards are kind of like languages. If a card can speak 'A 'then it can talk to all other 'A' devices regardless of make and model.

    802.11A - good speed (54Mbps), bad range (25 - 50ft) normally used exclusively for businesses.

    802.11B - slow speed (11Mbps), good range (50 - 100ft) the first 'home' standard.

    802.11G - good speed (54Mbps) good range (50 - 100ft) currently the most popular standard in use.

    802.11N - best speed (+150Mbps) best range (100 - 300ft)

    So the differences at a glance are speed and range, now here is the catch: even if your PC card 'speaks' N if the router that your landlord uses only speaks G then your card can only work at the G speeds and approximate range.

    Where the MIMO (multiple in-put multiple out-put) of N will help with weaker signal, your speed cap is still the language in use.

    Also the speeds shown for the wireless standards are 'shared' speeds. In short if you have a G wireless device with 4 wireless NIC's (network interface cards) all connected the the actually bandwidth that you would have is 11Mbps for each device ( 54 / 4 = 11 ) Now keep in mind that most internet connections are only 1-5Mbps so you should be fine there.

    The final thing to keep in mind for wireless is signal strength. My brother needed no less the 4 out of 5 'bars' of signal strength or he was unable to play 2142 without loosing connection to the server.

    Well I hope some of this helps out. For my money I would look into a simple G series card, because unless the landlord has an N router, no point to spending the extra money...

    ~ Draken
    Last edited by DrakenViator; 08-27-2009, 12:12 AM. Reason: Mbs =/= Mbps oops...

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    • #3
      Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

      Which of these 2 would be better?

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833180052
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127080

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      • #4
        Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

        I've never used an ENCORE brand card before, but for the most part six of one half a dozen of the other. What caught my eye was the ENCORE Bundle with a Rosewill high-gain antenna.

        http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.215632

        For best results I would look at the bundle. Under standard 802.11G I needed to add the high-gains to get any reliable gaming off of my router. If you are looking at trying to frag a few newb's while at school you may want to look into this.

        Now again as wireless is a two part system (router and NIC) there is no guarantee that the your landlord's wireless will support gaming; particularity if your neighbors are trying to download the entire net all at once. At a glance, the bundle will be one of the best options for your end of the connection at least. If nothing else it will help signal strength even if bandwidth is limited.

        ~ Draken

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        • #5
          Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

          I was told it is a closed connection (only between the household's members). So there is still hope I will be able to continue playing online :)

          But thanks anyway for the help, I will probably get the bundle. +Rep

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          • #6
            Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

            I personally use a Linksys WMP54G. It's not the cheapest, but it's tried and true. Easy to setup, and I've never had so much as a hiccup with it. Fantastic range, too. Only 32.59 with free shipping at Newegg.
            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...115&Tpk=WMP54G
            "Common sense is not so common." -Voltaire

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            • #7
              Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

              Originally posted by DrakenViator View Post
              Also the speeds shown for the wireless standards are 'shared' speeds. In short if you have a G wireless device with 4 wireless NIC's (network interface cards) all connected the the actually bandwidth that you would have is 11Mbps for each device ( 54 / 4 = 11 )
              Are you familiar with the raw protocol? I don't think it's parceled up with 1/N per station. I think it's a token system and if a station doesn't need its slot it will pass the token to the next station, effectively allowing any station to use the full bandwidth if there's no contention.
              Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

              snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

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              • #8
                Re: Best PCI Wireless adapter card?

                Originally posted by ScratchMonkey View Post
                Are you familiar with the raw protocol? I don't think it's parceled up with 1/N per station. I think it's a token system and if a station doesn't need its slot it will pass the token to the next station, effectively allowing any station to use the full bandwidth if there's no contention.
                To be honest with N only being in 'draft' until I think only this last month I haven't read up on it fully. Plus there is also dual band issues, and now wireless 150 (what ever the heck that is) it's been hard to keep up with much past the basics.

                ~ Draken

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