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This is one of the few times I’ve tested a product that surprised me. I figured all wireless adapters were pretty much the same, but my experience with the Killer Wireless-N 1102 card has been excellent. I can’t say I’ve ever felt wireless networking was something to worry about, but now I’ll need to reconsider. Wading through the notebooks I have on hand, I’m actually surprised at how many of them use cheap 1x1:1 2.4GHz adapters, even on $1500+ notebooks. No wonder I haven’t been impressed with wireless throughput in the past!

Going into this review, I felt that the wireless world had largely stagnated, but it turns out that I’m probably the one falling behind. I have felt on occasion that my Netgear WNR3500L router was holding me back, but I didn’t realize how much. (Before that, I had a TrendNET TEW-633GR 3x3:3 2.4GHz router that I thought was “good enough”…except for the occasional crashes and restarts. Yuck!) Testing with the Linksys E4200 router on a 5GHz radio has opened my eyes to the source of my problems: the 2.4GHz spectrum is just too crowded, so you almost never get 40MHz channels and higher connection rates. With the right router, suddenly the difference between budget WiFi adapters and expensive 3x3:3 solutions starts to make sense. Wireless networking has improved in other ways as well. For one, size matters. My oldest laptops have comparatively huge mini-PCIe adapters, and most of those aren’t even 802.11n capable. Now you can get a highly integrated 3x3:3 chip in a half-height, with the potential for Bluetooth in some cases as well.

Surprising how much of a difference different the wireless card can make. I'm glad I upgraded my old Intel 3950 to a 6300 for ~$50.
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have been through the following
-netgear n300 (crap)
-netgear n600 (crap)
- dlink pci-e extreme wifi card (crap)
- asus pci-e wifi card (crap w/ win7x64)

am on my first good router... Cisco E2500....
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Originally Posted by mikepahl318;14532241 
...Before buying a new laptop with the Killer Wireless-N, make sure you have a high quality router. The Linksys E4200 generally works well, but I’d be more inclined to go with Apple’s Airport Extreme. The Linksys and Airport extreme cost the same and the Airport Extreme has 3x3:3 2.4GHz support and arguably better overall performance...


Curious to see that anadtech suggest the airport extreme for a high end router solution, food for thought... esp here at OCN.ninja.gif
 
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have been through the following
-netgear n300 (crap)
-netgear n600 (crap)
- dlink pci-e extreme wifi card (crap)
- asus pci-e wifi card (crap w/ win7x64)

am on my first good router... Cisco E2500....

I agree with the Cisco E2500.. I got one not too long ago and it is a really awesome router. Instead of spending money on the any of the Killer lan products I use a E2500 with Intel Gigabit Lan its just awesome.
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I agree with the Cisco E2500.. I got one not too long ago and it is a really awesome router. Instead of spending money on the any of the Killer lan products I use a E2500 with Intel Gigabit Lan its just awesome.

Nice.
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