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PCI/e or USB wireless adapter?

post #1 of 7
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Is there any disadvantage to going with a USB wireless adapter as apposed to a PCI or PCIe? Which one is the best for overall speed and consistency?
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I like the PCIe ones just because it means I am actually using a PCIe slot.

I've had problems in the past with a USB adapter not waking up with the rest of the computer. It would also need to be ramdomly pulled out and put back in to stay working. Though I've always assumed it was due to the adapter I had (some linksys silver one...WUSB54-GS was it? I don't remember the model. It is sealed in a box now days where it cannot annoy any one)
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post #3 of 7
PCI is faster in theory and in practice (assuming USB 2.0).
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PCIe if you have a free slot. Less overall issues.

I'm usually not a fan of USB WiFi sticks.
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post #5 of 7
It has been my experience that the pci one's get a better signal,and connect quicker when you first log on.
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post #6 of 7
PCI-E is better. USB relies too much on the CPU to process data and thus causes more issues. Plus PCI-E can give alot more power than a single USB port can dream of.
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Cool thanks for the info.

I'm looking at upgrading to a wireless N setup and have around $65 to spend. Here's what I'm planning on getting. I welcome opinions and suggestions!

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