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Cheap wifi card for desktop

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Looking for a relatively cheap <$30 AUD wifi card for my desktop.
Moved into a new sharehouse with pretty thick besa block walls and a relatively hopeless router (not dual band).

Just need something which is going to get decent signal!

Best value cards I could find were the TP-Link: TL-WN881ND (PCIe) and TL-WN951N (PCI).

The 951N is said to have better range, however are there any drawbacks to not going PCIe?

Buying locally from MSY or umart as I need it asap.

Cheers guys!
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post #2 of 4
nah. pci is more than enough to handle wifi speeds. With a crap base router, having something good on your end probably won't do much anyway.

you could possibly get some mileage out of a repeater though if you wind up without enough juice
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Thanks! I'll go with the pci card as it should give slightly better reception. Am a bit worried about the reception, even with a new card. Router is only 15m away, but probably has to pass through 4-5 besa block walls. All else fails I might have to get a cabled antenna and sit it in the hallway!
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There are ceiling mounts for antennas as well. it would be worth finding out which formats the base router has just to make sure you have the same set, unless one of them is draft n. draft n rarely works well
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