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Old August 7, 2014, 08:33 PM
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So I just finished building my PC until I realized that I have no way to get internet. I am a huge noob on all this stuff and need some help to figure it all out.

My PC is sitting a room across the hall away from where the modem and router are. This means I cannot connect Ethernet without having a loooooong cable going across the hallway which I guess could be an option but I would prefer to stay away from it. Let me know if this option is best!

I know I could get a wireless adapter (either USB 3.0 or PCi E x1) and I would prefer this if I knew what kind of price I would need to spend for good speeds. Let me know what costs and performance wireless adapters are.

Another option I thought about (but again I am a noob with networking and not sure how it works) is to get another modem or router to put in my room and connect with Ethernet that way. How would this work and it would it be more cost effective than the wireless adapter?

Thanks to everyone that is more experienced with this than me and let me know what you think!
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Old August 7, 2014, 08:49 PM
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Cable will be the fastest and cheapest option, while it may look ugly depending how you run it.

Putting a router/switch in your room won't do you any good. You'll still need to run a cable across.

If your going to do wireless, I'd replace your router with something that supports 802.11ac and get a matching adapter. To do that though, it's going to run you around $200.

If you're just surfing on the machine and not doing anything network-intensive, then just buying an adapter should do you fine. You could still get an 802.11ac adapter (it's backwards compatible) so the ability is there when you upgrade you router down the road. Some examples are:


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Old August 8, 2014, 09:08 AM
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what about those powerline adapters I am not sure how good they are because I never have tried one buit here is a link
NCIX.com - Search results for powerline
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Old August 8, 2014, 12:47 PM
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Direct cable is still the best. My personal experience with a Belkin Powerline kit was not the best. However, the guy I sold it to reported no issues. Powerline kit really depends on how the circuit is laid out at your house/apartment. I gave up and went with a MOCA adapter kit from Actiontec. While I can't get Gigabit speed out of it, it's way more reliable than WiFi and Powerline kit. However, you need to know what kind of Internet you're running before picking up a coax network kit. I got burn with a set that doesn't work with DOCSIS cable modem and the kit is just sitting in my house.
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Old August 8, 2014, 01:07 PM
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If you can live with decent speeds then a wireless n card will get the job done. If you need faster speeds ac will be great, but $$$. Wired is going to be cheap and the fastest, it's just a matter of finding a way to route the wires so they aren't so ugly....I had to put a hole in the corner of one of my walls to route it.
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Old August 10, 2014, 12:33 PM
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Decent MPCI-E Wifi?
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