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I'm looking to get a wireless adapter for an upcoming desktop. The router isn't too far away at the moment, but the cost of proper ethernet cabling (around walls/frames since I can't drill through) would be at least $15, and I'd rather not duct-tape it to the floor. I'm not looking for any fancy features or extreme security or something, just something with a decent signal and software/support. And I also don't know if I should stick to PCI-e cards or if USB is acceptable.

Basically, it seems like these are my best choices for wireless adapters (going up in price):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166041
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833315091
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320049
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320040
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127218

Help? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by XMAGUSX View Post

I'm looking to get a wireless adapter for an upcoming desktop. The router isn't too far away at the moment, but the cost of proper ethernet cabling (around walls/frames since I can't drill through) would be at least $15, and I'd rather not duct-tape it to the floor. I'm not looking for any fancy features or extreme security or something, just something with a decent signal and software/support. And I also don't know if I should stick to PCI-e cards or if USB is acceptable.
Basically, it seems like these are my best choices for wireless adapters (going up in price):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166041
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833315091
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320049
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320040
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127218
Help? Thanks!

Use PCI or PCI-e Adapters. USB adapters are really finicky
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or go even better
and get powerline adaptors instead, i did, they outdo my wireless N extreme card in dload/upload performance.

they also go for about the same price.
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Just wondering, you said it would cost at least $15, and thats what the cheapest card there costs. So why dont you just wire it? rolleyessmileyanim.gif
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Originally Posted by Bdebrooke View Post

Use PCI or PCI-e Adapters. USB adapters are really finicky

Sounds fair enough. Any recommendations?
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Originally Posted by PCSarge View Post

or go even better
and get powerline adaptors instead, i did, they outdo my wireless N extreme card in dload/upload performance.
they also go for about the same price.

With the awful wiring in my current apartment (lights flicker just by somebody turning on a light in another room)...I'd rather not.
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Originally Posted by arkenex View Post

Just wondering, you said it would cost at least $15, and thats what the cheapest card there costs. So why dont you just wire it? rolleyessmileyanim.gif

Because I'll be guaranteed to need a wireless one when I move within a year...so why spend $15 on cables that are just going to take up room later when I can just get a wireless adapter that will last me longer for a little more?

And the cheapest (USB) card is $10 after a promo and free shipping.
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I'd go a PCI-E One with an Atheros chipset.

I eventually got sick of WiFi though and got up in my roof to install LAN cables.

If your walls aren't solid brick you can put network ports in the walls. If not your best bet is to drill a hole in the ceiling and run adhesive conduit down the side.
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I'd go a PCI-E One with an Atheros chipset.
I eventually got sick of WiFi though and got up in my roof to install LAN cables.
If your walls aren't solid brick you can put network ports in the walls. If not your best bet is to drill a hole in the ceiling and run adhesive conduit down the side.

Yeah...think I'm just going to go with the Atheros PCI-e option, thanks.
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the d-link you posted works really well. i've been running that one on my sons pc for about a year without any issues.
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