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Hello OCN

Im planning on getting a new case (fractal design 605) so I can bring my computer on the go but I need to have wireless access, Now I'll be using other peoples wireless so I need something that is compatible with most if not all routers/ wi-fi, because where I go will change.

I'd perfer it to be PCI /PCI-E so its inside the case instead of a USB dongle. but if there is a USB one that is worth getting I'd consider.
Antennas are not a problem would be nice if they unscrew to prevent travel complications, but not needed.

I plan to be gaming so I'd like something that will keep up, but still be fairly cheap ( I don't want to spend more then $50)
What is the average speeds on wireless? I know on my friends laptop its 54 Mb/Sec (maybe off on wether its Mb or MB tongue.gif ) on the adapter info when ethernet is 100, is there a way to lower that gap? or is 54 pretty much as good as it gets for wireless?

I don't need the best of the best, but I would like the best quality for under 50$ and that will fit my needs.


Right now I was looking at the rosewill N900PCE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166076

would this work well?
I had two concerns about that adapter though:
1 being there is a CD for installation, I do not have a CD drive, BUT it says "plug and play for windows 8" so maybe I won't need the disc?
2. there is a handful of reviews out of almost 200 saying they would get random disconnects or slow downs, how commons is this with this adapter, and with others? I understand there are other variables that would affect a connection but is this something to worry about?

and how is the quality of that compared to others around the same price?
post #2 of 5
The wireless on your friend's laptop is G, which is 54Mb (bits, not bytes). The adapter your looking at will do 450mbits. Which is substantially improved. There shouldn't be a driver issue, as most internal ones I use are plug and play, but usually drivers are on their website also.

I can't say I've used that particular product, but I do own quite a few Rosewill networking products (Wired adapter, switches, hubs). And they all work very well.

And 54 mbits is actually going to be the slowest you'll see, with N being the common standard, and starting at 300mbits, and going up to 900.
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I suggest looking at an adapter that supports the new 802.11ac standard. It offers faster speeds than n and promises to gain widespread adoption in the future.

I recommend Intel's adapter, Model No. 7260HMWDTX1, as it has a nice antenna with an interconnecting cable and includes Bluetooth as well. It's currently going for under $50 so it might be in your budget. I've only seen ac routers available at slightly over $100 on-sale but that's sure to change as the market matures. You can still use the older standards in the meantime.
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I suggest looking at an adapter that supports the new 802.11ac standard. It offers faster speeds than n and promises to gain widespread adoption in the future.

I recommend Intel's adapter, Model No. 7260HMWDTX1, as it has a nice antenna with an interconnecting cable and includes Bluetooth as well. It's currently going for under $50 so it might be in your budget. I've only seen ac routers available at slightly over $100 on-sale but that's sure to change as the market matures. You can still use the older standards in the meantime.

will it still work with non AC routers?

I dont have control of what routers I choose as they are not mine, so I sorta need a "one size fits all" kinda thing.

im pretty clueless when it comes to wireless and the specifics. tongue.gif
post #5 of 5
Yes it will work. I was referring to IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n when I used the term, "older standards". Adapters supporting 802.11ac will certainly become the norm in the near future at which point you will get the speed benefits.

I also found this Intel model, no. 7260HMW, that doesn't appear to use an antenna or have a mounting bracket in the back.
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