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OK my Asus P5B Deluxe wifi onboard Atheros RTL8187 has been dieing for a couple weeks now.

It has finally gotten to where I can't even watch a youtube video so its time to replace the aging adapter with a new one.


I want one with maximum range and great reception at the lowest possible price. All my pcs connect to a router which is 50'+ away in a garage so it goes through a wall, and a concrete block (garage) wall to get to the router.

My E6400 uses a ZEW2500P which does great (and i've temporarily stolen it for use on my Q6600)

I have heard that USB adapters get better reception than PCI ones, but feel free to suggest any adapter that is at the very least G compatible (since the routers are WRT54GLs)

Please send me a link to the recommended adapter and why you recommended it. Reps given to helpful posters as always

Here is my setup (note i'm on the second router), black lines = hard wired, red dotted lines = wifi

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post #2 of 4
you are limited to the 2.4GHz band as to looking at the specs of your router so lets see what we can find. So with 802.11g uses the 2.4GHz band you should see ranges upto range of 32 m (120 ft) indoors and 95 m (300 ft) outdoors.

my recomendation is the Bufflo AirStation HighPower N300 Compact USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter - WLI-UC-G300HP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833162028

acording to the features here it has a higher speed and range than the standard 802.11g specs
http://www.buffalotech.com/products/wireless/client-adapters/airstation-highpower-n300-compact-usb-20-wireless-adapter-wli-uc-g300hp/

so should easaly do 100 + feet indoors smile.gif
Edited by stubass - 12/23/11 at 11:35pm
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I was hoping to spend $20ish and not almost $50 on the adapter
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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post

I was hoping to spend $20ish and not almost $50 on the adapter

pretty much any adapter in the 802.11g 2.4HGz band should give you 30M range, so you can shop arround abit too smile.gif i just like buffolo as they are rather good and reliable
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