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Well, from what I understand, I don't think there's a huge performance difference between the 2. It's mostly a matter of preference/specific needs.

USB has the convenience of portability between devices, but may be limited by how much traffic you have on your USB bus. It also has the benefit of being able to pick up a signal better because you can put it on an extension and move it around to avoid interference, whereas with a PCI adapter, it pretty much stays around the back of your rig. I suppose you could find some kind of external antennas.

Personally...and I again stress that this is just my personal preference...I would go with a USB adapter. While I like the idea of having less to keep track of in the area of my PC, I can say that sometimes when I'm reaching around the back of my desktop at home, the antennas get in the way.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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Originally Posted by 10halec View Post
The linksys e series are pretty good, e3200 or 4200 can be had at around 140

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The Linksys units have CRAP GAIN internal antennas that can't be replaced...

With radio transmission and reception... ANTENNA GAIN IS EVERYTHING because nothing affects EIRP GREATER!!!

WTH would you get one of those when you can get the Asus RT-N16 with RP-SMA that uses the SAME chipset and has a better bootloader for emergency flashing. Not to mention in terms of board design and performance the Asus is a better Broadcom SoC/SiP design. In essence it's currently the best consumer router available.
Edited by HiroPro - 8/18/11 at 2:48am
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A wireless bridge/acces point is soooo much better than a USB WIRELESS DONGLE !!! I think you will regret this !! USB interface will choke your bandwidth no doubt. Think about it... USB vs ethernet


I'm using a D-link DIR-655 router with excelent results after changing the channel and some other settings.

I have the router across the street in the window and my bridge in my window over 150ft apart but straight clean shot.

Router was around $60.
Bridge/Access Point was around $60
Both d-link (use whatevr brand you like) and total came out around 120



Whatever you get, make sure to CHANGE THE CHANNEL and mess with settings until you get it running good.Theres no telling how many people return or upgrade a router when they really just need to mess with settings ; )


You don't have to spend a fortune on a great setup. Just go with a router with removable antennaes and an access point/bridge that will connect to your PC via ethernet and you be good.
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