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Ok so im setting up my 1st ever wifi network . I have experience setting up wired networks before but have never used wifi as I just havent had the time and knowledge to put into get it nice and secure. I have recently bought myself a nice tablet which I want to use on a wifi setup I have decided , aswell as the kids are always nagging me that they have to use wired networks for all the "apple" gadgets. (sic)

The setup will be for 2x computers , a couple tablets / phones and my PS3 . Now I don't game online , My PS3 only goes online to upload tro[phies and folding and to download patches . Small uploading jobs and general surfing . SIG RIG is the most intensive bandwith user which is also my everday rig . My internet connection / provider is a wireless broadband dongle . Connection will be spread across a range of a single storey house (Pretty small prob 50m Max.).

As the title mentions ima noob to the whole wifi thing I know most of my gadgets and ps3 are wifi enabled allready . But in terms of getting my sig rig setup as a wifi signal and my other PC on the network what do I need to buy. I had a quick look through my local favourite shops selection but there is a lot there to take in.

As soon as I have some parts ordered I can go back to the stickies and read up on security thumb.gif
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Well you can either choose USB or PCI(e) cards. I'd personally choose the USB, since it's quick, easy and can be moved if the signal is crummy.

What type of router do you have?
    
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usb is least amount of work...just plug it in and configure it

pcie is best performance, but if your not gaming the usb should be fine...range and quality of connection are what you sacrifice with usb smile.gif
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Have no router @ the moment everything is hard wired and I just move my broadband dongle round. So I need a wireless router Sorry for bad terminolgy lol .
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usb is least amount of work...just plug it in and configure it

pcie is best performance, but if your not gaming the usb should be fine...range and quality of connection are what you sacrifice with usb smile.gif

i always thought that the usb has a better range because you can actually place it anywhere. and performance wise, there should be no difference, i could be wrong about the performance thing though
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Have no router @ the moment everything is hard wired and I just move my broadband dongle round. So I need a wireless router Sorry for bad terminolgy lol .

Well if you already have a wired router you can either upgrade to a wireless unit or add a wireless access point. Either way, do you have a price range?
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i always thought that the usb has a better range because you can actually place it anywhere. and performance wise, there should be no difference, i could be wrong about the performance thing though

I'd say your spot on. USB 2.0 should have a throughput of 480Mbps. A lot faster than most wireless routers.
    
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Was trying to keep it under $60 and here is where i will be buying from http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=200
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i always thought that the usb has a better range because you can actually place it anywhere. and performance wise, there should be no difference, i could be wrong about the performance thing though

the performance diff is usually due to the fact the pcie actually have a better antenna....and the pcie would move anywhere also?...being attached to the pc?

OP...router wise the fastest is the 802.11n...older and less expensive 802.11g are readily available still..and multi band combo units are available also
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i always thought that the usb has a better range because you can actually place it anywhere. and performance wise, there should be no difference, i could be wrong about the performance thing though

the performance diff is usually due to the fact the pcie actually have a better antenna....and the pcie would move anywhere also?...being attached to the pc?

OP...router wise the fastest is the 802.11n...older and less expensive 802.11g are readily available still..and multi band combo units are available also

the usb device itself is the antenna, you can place it somewhere open to get a good reception. the pcie is always in the corner obstructed by many things, you can't get a good reception with that compared to usb
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