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Just wondering what I should do about a wireless adapter for my pc. Should I go with a PCI adapter card or a USB adapter?
 

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Id say it depends.
Does usb allow the wireless adapter to be further away from your case?

For example, my pci wireless adapter is excellent. But because its PCI, i cant put the case to the wall ( i have it sideways on my desk) because the wireless would not transmit very well if the signal just hits the wall.

So what im saying is, that it depends on your setup and needs.
 
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PCI, then get a good 9db aerial with an extendable cable. Thats what I did, and its fine. Whenver mates ask me to fix their wireless signal woes they have usb adaptors.
 

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PCI, then get a good 9db aerial with an extendable cable. Thats what I did, and its fine. Whenver mates ask me to fix their wireless signal woes they have usb adaptors.
agreed, best possible way.


Can you get USB dongles with the extendable cable?
my gf is using such a setup right now, works fine.
 
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Is that actually what you would call it: "9db aerial" because I looked it up on ebay and couldn't find it.
 

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Just wondering what I should do about a wireless adapter for my pc. Should I go with a PCI adapter card or a USB adapter?

If you want to use it on many computers then get USB.

Or do what I did.

I bought the Linksys USB SCANNER/WIFI keychain adapter.
 
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USB are a good alternative and work out very well. Depends on how you want to handle it.
 
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PCI wireless uses less CPU ......Usb wireless uses more CPU than PCI:toast:
 
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range and signal strength are something else to think about
 

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PCI won't hog your USB bandwidth. It looks neater too - I'd get one of those and a better antenna if you're far away from the access point.
 
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What about transfer speeds for internet. If you have a real fast internet connection, will the USB adapter bottleneck your speed, or is is internet even fast enough to max out USB transfer speeds?
Which is faster, basically, USB wireless or PCI wireless? Is internet
 

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USB's maximum theoretical bandwidth is 480mbps which not even the fastest internet connection can even come close to maxing out. A PCI adapter will be as fast as a USB one.
 
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what about when you have other devices running USB at the same time? I won't have a HDD or anything like that, but like Laser Mouse, Keyboard, flash-drive occasionally, etc.
I'm trying to maybe save room in my case, gonna have 8800gtx w/ extra PCI exhaust fan, and sound card. Wireless PCI adapter would take my only other slot at the bottom.
BUT, I DON'T wanna be laggin in game cuz I have a dumb USB adapter. So you're saying a USB adapter won't lag tho?