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Old April 16, 2010, 03:41 PM
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Due to the layout of my motherboard and location conflict with PCI-E cards, it won't be possible for me to use a PCI wireless adapter anymore. I was wondering if any of you have any experience with both USB and PCI wireless adapters in a desktop PC, and noticed any difference in network performance.
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I find USB adapters aren't as powerful, personally.

Given a choice of the two I usually suggest PCI / PCI-E
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RJ45>PCI-E>PCI>USB

What board do you have is there a Lan port ( RJ45 ) ( Cat 5 ) port conenect though that?

Somthing like This if you need wireless NCIX.com - Buy Trendnet TEW-AI75OB Dual Band A/G 7/5DBI Indoor Omni Antenna W/ Mounting Base - TEW-AI75OB In Canada.
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RJ45>PCI-E>PCI>USB

What board do you have is there a Lan port ( RJ45 ) ( Cat 5 ) port conenect though that?

Somthing like This if you need wireless NCIX.com - Buy Trendnet TEW-AI75OB Dual Band A/G 7/5DBI Indoor Omni Antenna W/ Mounting Base - TEW-AI75OB In Canada.
ASUS P6X58D. It does have ethernet connection, but the machine is on a different floor, so it's too far from the modem/router for wired connection.
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...I'd actually be interested to see how that compares to the rest of the solutions. Ethernet could definitely provide enough power for a good antenna.. I have a feeling though that would be more powerful then USB.
I don't know about better then PCI-E/PCI though.. I would assume no difference there. An expansion slot would be the cleaner solution for sure though, if that's a cosideration.

too bad it's only G though. N compatibility would be helpful!
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Rj 45 antenna no pci slot
The antenna you linked isn't actually an RJ45 antenna (I had never heard of such thing), unless I'm missing something. It looks like it's just a wireless antenna extender, i.e. you replace the stock antenna on your wireless adaptor with that so you can have it receive/transmit from a location away from your tower to get better signal.
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Old April 16, 2010, 08:35 PM
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Well what i would suggest is going to Future Shop/Best Buy and buy whatever signal your wireless router is broadcasting (Wireless G, G+, N) usb wireless network adapter and see what the speeds look like. If you think its too slow, sluggish, non-responsive you have 15-30 days to return it and attempt other more complicated solutions
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I would say return it anyway. Use it as a tester.
FS/BB can almost always be beaten for price.
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i used a Linksys Wireless N USB-Dongle for a while, seems to work fine. Did not feel sluggish. The freedom of placing the USB dongle elsewhere around the desk using a USB Extension cable was nice too.
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