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Old October 6, 2012, 12:15 PM
Ardric Ardric is offline
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Just about all wireless internet routers can be used as a wireless bridge access point (AP) because they bridge the AP radio with the LAN by default, but what you're looking for is a wireless bridge client radio, not an AP. Most home routers don't offer client mode without upgrading the firmwire to something like DD-WRT. But that's easy and free, so I'd suggest it's probably the best best.

Personally I like that solution best because ethernet NIC's are very low CPU load vs having to run a USB port controller at best and also run a winmodem radio at worst. Also to get best performance you may need to put the antenna a little distance from the PC, which is awkward with an internal PCI card. Antenna cables are very lossy with distance, ethernet and USB are not. USB adapters are self-powered though, so for ultimate plug&play convenience I guess a USB adapter well-placed and on a USB extension cable is the simplest solution of all.
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