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Old January 13, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Arrow Quick advice needed: $70 for wireless PCI-E card or just get USB?

I made a booboo my new mATX mobo only has one PCI slot, which I need for sound card. Should I get this PCI Express adapter .... D-link DWA-566 for $70 or save money on a USB adapter like this? Reason I ask is I have not had much luck with USB adapters in the past but maybe they are better now.

Also is there any difference in range in these Pico adapters from a regular USB adapter?

FTR I will be using this quite far from the router, outside.
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Old January 13, 2012, 10:56 AM
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I just found a USB wifi adapter that I had laying around so I can use that for now, should I get a PCI-E card still?
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Old January 13, 2012, 11:15 AM
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I have had a lot of the Dlink ones fail in my store I would go with Asus or TP-Link for Wireless PCI cards
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Old January 13, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Or failing that working (The USB one) get a powerline adaptor perhaps?

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I would opt for a PCIe card with removable antennas. That way you can always get higher gain antennas if the signal strength isn't enough.

I probably wouldn't buy from Future Shop though since I imagine you're paying more than you need to.
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Old January 13, 2012, 01:19 PM
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I would go USB, TP-Link is quite reliable, most (newer) D-Link hardware quits working after a year, be it USB adapters or routers.
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Old January 13, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Hmm conflicting info.. so you think a USB is as good as an internal PCI-E? The Future shop one is out now obviously (the price was not too bad though close to online shops).. Powerline one won't work in my situation as we move around.

I think I will just use the USB for now that I found and buy a non-d-link PCI-E x1 card.
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Old January 13, 2012, 02:03 PM
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I would opt for a PCIe card with removable antennas. That way you can always get higher gain antennas if the signal strength isn't enough.

I probably wouldn't buy from Future Shop though since I imagine you're paying more than you need to.
Linky to higher gain antennas please?
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Old January 13, 2012, 04:00 PM
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i wouldnt buy the usb model
i made that mistake
I bought the belkin micro adapter
There is a thin wall separating my router from the computer, and although the computer indicates a very good or excellent signal, it still connects only with 18, 24 or max of 48 Mbps
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Old January 13, 2012, 06:46 PM
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Yea I figured as much, I will get a PCI-E card in my next order.
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