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#1 RWA3

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:23 AM

Ok since buying my new laptop I want to move the old desktop down stairs for the kids to use. My question is what type of wireless adapter should I use? I've seen the usb ones and I think that they would be good enough for goin from one floor to another. What do you guys think? Should I go with a usb adapter or should I get a card n plug it in to the mobo....?

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:27 AM

If you ask 10 people, 5 will be for a card and 5 for USB dongle.
It really doesn't matter.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 01:51 AM

I've used both, and I prefer the card over USB any day of the week.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:23 AM

Even though you are`t covering much physical distance there are a lot of possibilities for RF interference in a home. I would go with the PCI card with an extended antenna. = The antenna is attached by a cable. This will allow some movement of it as opposed to being stuck behind the tower.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

thanks for the input guys... a friend is gonna give me a usb adapter so ill see how that works for now. im sure ill be upgrading to the card though in the near future.

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Posted 08 February 2010 - 09:26 PM

I installed the usb adapter and everything seems to be working fine. My only complaint is the 54Mbps max speed is for the birds. The speed varries from 54 to around 28. The kids havent complained so all is well. When I was down there making a few changes to the computer and updating some things I started to have flashbacks from my dial up days.......not good LOL!

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:36 AM

Wireless is very tricky to get the standard speed. Because of the physical distance from your AP modem and microwaves, phones, can interfere with your speeds. If you have a muti-functional AP B/G type. you might try to only put the router on Only G mode to broadcast it. If you have all G adapters in your home.

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 10:41 PM

Wireless is very tricky to get the standard speed. Because of the physical distance from your AP modem and microwaves, phones, can interfere with your speeds. If you have a muti-functional AP B/G type. you might try to only put the router on Only G mode to broadcast it. If you have all G adapters in your home.


I hate to sound stupid but....huh?..hehe. I have the Motorola SB5100 Surfboard modem hooked to the Motorola VT2542-VD router.I don't see anything on the router where I could change the mode... Other than that I just installed the software that came with the adapter and plugged it in and it worked. The older computer(E Machine 3700) is directly below the router in the basement.I understand that the E Machine is older and signifigantly slower than the new laptops,and some other household items may interfere sometimes.
I was unaware that there was anything I could do to level out the strength of the signal.I just figured it was something I would have to live with.Now that I look over at the router I realise the cordless phone is right next to it and the line into the house is right there too.Is this going to be a major factor? The other computers in the house are HP laptops that already have wireless capability. The signal strength on both laptops are strong and stable but I have not tried to use either from the basement.

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 01:44 PM

cordless phones isn't going to be a major problem typically sometimes they run on the same frequency as the wireless router but I wouldn't worry about it until you have problems connecting or browsing the internet.

I use to have Dial-up I know what you mean. I now have Hughes Net with a limit but its ok.

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