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Connecting to the Wi-Fi via a dongle or a network card?

Jul 30, 2007
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As the title suggests, my dongle has finally given up the ghost and died (rebuilding my computer!) and it's time to replace the sucker.
A dongle USB adapter is generally cheaper, but I feel that a PCI with antennas may be better?

Any one have any thoughts on this? I have about £20 to spend on this aspect of my build. May be higher if someone can convince me that a higher cost = a much higher user experience.
Feb 21, 2008
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Personally, I use/used the onboard WIFI of the past 3 motherboards (MSI Z68A GD80, ASUS X79 Deluxe, ASUS X79 Rampage IV Black Edition) I've had with good results.


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Feb 26, 2013
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We have both in our various pc, s

In my experience the larger the dongle the better. Edimax are pretty good.

You can get tiny little dongles ive tried a couple and they are rubbish.

Cards with 2 aerials work better than those with just one.

I always used a wired connection to insrall the latest drivers when installing card or dongle.