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Will i notice a difference switching from a pci network adapter to a usb one?

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I switched from this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833180058

to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166055

Is there a better solution? sorry i'm not very well versed in networking, but someone told me to buy something that i can directly plug an Ethernet cable to that will connect to my home network instead of using a pci or usb adapter
Edited by badatgames18 - 8/9/11 at 11:39am
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Good question. I have been wondering the same.

My wild educated guess is that usb polling is slower than pci and therefore pci is faster.
that's theoretical (and a guess) will you notice a difference? Maybe not using facebook but streaming or playing games there might be.

Im looking forward to hearing some answers of people with more knowledge in the topic.
I also wanna know the answer and if my thoughts are true.
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Some usb adapters work great.In the past I have had faster connecting on start up with an internal pci wireless adapter,over usb which I have seen take up too 20 seconds too connect.


What are you hooking up?Depending on the product,it should automatically connect as fast as if you are wired.
Edited by djsi38t - 8/9/11 at 12:13pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by badatgames18;14521320 
I switched from this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833180058

to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166055

Is there a better solution? sorry i'm not very well versed in networking, but someone told me to buy something that i can directly plug an Ethernet cable to that will connect to my home network instead of using a pci or usb adapter

Personally I'v noticed no performance difference between pci and usb network adapters, however I am on the same floor as my router and only about 10 meters away from it (there are a couple of walls between us though).

An alternative is something like this: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-XE102GNA-Wall-Plugged-Enet-Exte/dp/B000ERAIQ0"]Amazon.com: NETGEAR XE102GNA Wall-Plugged Enet Exte: Electronics[/ame]
However I haven't heard great things about these wall adapters.

Important thing to consider is your requirements and your location (relative to your router), if you're a hardcore gamer where latency is a crucial factor then its best to go with a direct ethernet connection, if you're just using the net for browsing and downloading files then a usb dongle or pci card will suffice (they can even cope well with gaming).
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Some USB wireless adapters are kind of buggy in my experience. Read reviews and make a decision from there. Most definitely shouldn't be too bad though.
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If you are running gigabit Lan you will see a decrease.
If you are running 100m connection and you are switching to Highspeed usb 2.0 you might see an increase on your lan, but considering that most outside internet connections are limited 20m or lower, you are not really going to realize a gain.

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Edited by cook - 8/9/11 at 12:27pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hirolla888;14521802 
An alternative is something like this: Amazon.com: NETGEAR XE102GNA Wall-Plugged Enet Exte: Electronics
However I haven't heard great things about these wall adapters.

I have a couple sets of these powerline adapters: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122328

They work...good...as long as the wiring in your home is in good shape. Otherwise forget about it. I have been using them for a couple years now and the bottom line is, if there is another alternative do that. Over the past few months I finally got away from them...But the did work in a pinch.
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