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Good day gents, i know many of you would advice to go with cable, but i'm not allowed to do modifications on my department (Landlord rules). With this in mind, i still need Internet for Hardcore gaming Battlefield 3, Cod, avoiding lag and and high pings.

Perfomance sake, what would be better purchase? PCI-E Card or USB adapter.

In my case i still have one PCI E 8X free, USB ports left plenty.

I ask here because i know you guys are hardcore gamers, you have experiencied with both products.

In the other hand, for each option i have this selection:

* http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WDN4800-Wireless-Express-Low-profile/dp/B007GMPZ0A/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1381854765&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Tp-link+Tl-wdn4800

or

* http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WN8200ND-Wireless-detachable-antennas/dp/B00ATXJN60/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381855000&sr=1-2&keywords=Tl-wn7200nd

What you think
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No real difference, you'll still be subjected to varying backoff timers in the shared wireless space.

If anything, get a dual-band router and dual-band NIC to place your traffic on the much less croweded UNII 5GHz spectrum
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No real difference, you'll still be subjected to varying backoff timers in the shared wireless space.

If anything, get a dual-band router and dual-band NIC to place your traffic on the much less croweded UNII 5GHz spectrum

Hey Beer, this router

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WR841ND-Wireless-Detachable-Antennas/dp/B0034CN0AS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381864556&sr=8-1&keywords=Tl-wr841nd

is dual band? would it be enough? what is the difference betweeen that one and this one much more expensive?:

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WDR3600-Wireless-Gigabit-300Mbps/dp/B008RV51EE/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1381863588&sr=1-3&keywords=tp+link+router+dual+band
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Any imput would be greatly welcome i dont know almost NOTHING about Wireless internet, routers, wifi adapter, nothing blinksmiley.gif
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What is your internet speed like and how far away your computer going to be from the wireless? Are you going to be streaming or transferring files from your network?

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What is your internet speed like and how far away your computer going to be from the wireless? Are you going to be streaming or transferring files from your network?




Hey i did this test, im temporary using cable but is a mess in the floor, my target is to migrate wifi as soon as i can.
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What is your internet speed like and how far away your computer going to be from the wireless? Are you going to be streaming or transferring files from your network?




Hey i did this test, im temporary using cable but is a mess in the floor, my target is to migrate wifi as soon as i can.

Well, with those speeds I can't imagine a PCI-E wireless card beating out a 1/2 decent wireless USB. I'd just get whatever is cheaper unless you plan on streaming anything. If that's the case then I'd go with a good PCI-E wireless card.

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Well, with those speeds I can't imagine a PCI-E wireless card beating out a 1/2 decent wireless USB. I'd just get whatever is cheaper unless you plan on streaming anything. If that's the case then I'd go with a good PCI-E wireless card.
Thanks Ryleh , i will get a PCI E card, is cheaper than USB in my country, but if, just if, i could buy from amazon.com USA what products reliable and stables from Tp-link would you advice me to buy? Im currently thinking if test 3 Megas service for a couple months, its expensive but i want to see how fast could go.
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what is the difference betweeen that one and this one much more expensive?:

The two cheap ones you listed are single band, and are based on the 2.4 GHz spectrum.
The more expensive one contains two radios so you can also use the 5 GHz spectrum.

If you have a lot of neighboring wifi access points and are stuck on 2.4 it may make your experience pretty unbearable. Wifi uses what is called CSMA/CA to avoid collisions and it's also a shared half duplex medium. Only ONE thing can talk at a time on a particular frequency, this also includes traffic on neighboring channels that bleed over into other near ones. If the wireless NIC sees the channel in use then it will back off using a random timeframe and this will delay your data both reaching the destination server as well as return traffic. In a busy environment you can get a lot of traffic delays simply waiting for the channel to be clear to send.

Using a dual band NIC with a single 2.4 GHz band router will only allow you to use that 2.4 GHz band frown.gif

If you don't have a lot of wireless neighbors it's not as big of a deal and you could probably get away with whatever is cheap.

I would imagine PCIe would generally offer you more performance by going through a lesser amount of abstraction layers while having a full-duplex interface to the card itself but it's probably a small enough difference to be a moot point.
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