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What Wireless Card To Get?


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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:11 PM

My friend currently has a Dell Dimension E521 Desktop computer and he wants a new wireless card. The one hes using now is some crappy USB thing from best buy. He losses connection all the time and his internet goes real slow. I figured an internal PCI one would help him out. Also, I don't know if this would make a difference but he has some sort of DSL and his router is on the other side of his house.

I was looking at this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16833166012
He needs his to be compatible with vista. One concern I had with it is someone posted about having 3gb of ram or more in a few computers and it wouldn't work, but I thought this person might just be 1.an idiot or 2. a prankster.

So any suggestions or help please?
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:39 PM

He is using an 802.11 g router? He could use a repeater to increase his range and signal strength I have never used one though. Or switch to a more powerful router such as Draft N. IMO changing wireless cards may not solve his problem. If he is set on changing the wireless card the one you linked to would probably work better since it has an external antennae. He can also upgrade the external antennae to a high gain unit.
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Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:46 PM

You've got to take the recommendations on NewEgg with a grain of salt most of the times. Especially the ones ripping the product.
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Posted 30 December 2007 - 07:48 AM

The reviewer complained of the inability of the card to work with both 3gB and 4gB of RAM - but also stated it was only tested with a 2gB and two 4gB systems. I wonder why that is?

Also, difficulties with 3 and 4 gB of RAM on systems is usually linked to the ability of the motherboard (and particularly the drive controllers) to make use of the added RAM. If that much RAM is an issue (as it was with me), then I'd suggest either getting a motherboard that can deal with this, or installing a 64 bit OS (as I did). Keeping a system with 4 gB of RAM may or may not work - but the errors can be sporadic and difficult to isolate.

So, the card not working with 3 and 4 gB systems could be a card issue, a mobo issue, or an installation error.

Have you checked his signal strength with the USB dongle thingie? If it's a low signal strength issue, then there's some steps to take to improve that that won't require new equipment. Realigning the antennas and removing any electrical items from the areas in/around/and between the router and the computer may improve things.

I'd suspect that the PCI card would work a tad bit better than the USB - but other members here would disagree with this, so don't use it as the sole criteria for deciding. The external, movable antenna could help with reception issues.
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