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Just finished building my new computer to come and find out it doesn't have built in wifi, looking for a wireless card for my pci slot. I have the high performance cisco router 5200 I believe,

What brands are good and what to look for when buying on? Mbs?

Not looking to spend a fortune on one, so help me out
post #2 of 6
Assuming you have the Cisco E4200 over the Cisco 5200.

One product i've used is the Cisco Valet Connector. Got it for 10 bucks and it is really easy to install.
Looks sleek and doesn't really install any bloatware.

With speeds on Wireless N I get approximately 20-60 megabits about 15 feet from my Router.

What you would be looking for is at the very least Wireless - N.
Atleast N300 or N450.
You might be able to get Dual Band.

As for card you might be able to find a PCI-E x1 which will have more bandwidth tongue.gif
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definitely not high-end, but i picked up 2 rosewill dual band cards when i upgraded my network to n. one pci-e for the wifes pc and the other pci for the pc in the garage. both work fine, get good reception, and maintain strong transmit/receive rates. keep in mind that if you are using n on an older machine (like i am in the garage), you may never see 300/600 rates. also, if your network is mixed (like mine which uses both n and g), you will probably top out at 150.

both the pci-e and pci versions of the cards i got maintain 150mbs (and the garage is quite a ways away from the router). best of all they were cheap
    
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yes i have the e4200, sorry auto type on the kindle blows. and yes im not looking for anything high end. i was looking at a rosewill one that was rated at 300mbps, its like $26, i guess the question is what am i looking for in a pci wireless card to make sure its compatiable with my router before i order one?

like either of these?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166063

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166073

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074

let me know!
Edited by carterboy - 3/18/12 at 5:32pm
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Really, you just need to make sure it is wireless n and dual band. Also make sure it supports the security you want to use. Most all support wpa2 now

To get 300mb you will need to run at least wpa2 and aes (no tkip). Remember, if you have any wireless g devices connected to you network you will be automatically dropped to a max of 150mb. I believe this is called "good neighbor" and is required by the fcc or something
    
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