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Need some help picking a BT and WiFi card for the wife's rig. Want to keep it affordable since it isn't a gaming rig, but I might game from time to time on it for the heck of it. thumb.gif

I do have 5G so that's a good idea
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Hello!

So I am not sure what the budget is, or what your requirements are, so I have a couple ideas for you.

If it is a desktop, and you have an open PCIe 1x Slot on the motherboard, this appears to be a highly rated PCIe Wifi AC / Bluetooth 4.0 card.


If that is not an option, then that leaves the USB dongle route. I couldn't really find a good combo option. Unfortunately, the ones I did find were N wifi, or were not highly rated.

This is one of the highest rated AC wifi dongles, and this is the #1 best selling Bluetooth 4.0 dongle on Amazon.

Anyway, these are my suggestions.. Hope this is helpful! thumb.gif
     
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Need some help picking a BT and WiFi card for the wife's rig. Want to keep it affordable since it isn't a gaming rig, but I might game from time to time on it for the heck of it. thumb.gif

I do have 5G so that's a good idea

I guess my initial question is, is the bluetooth functionality mandatory? you can find alot of high rated internal and usb wifi dongles super cheap but the bluetooth does change the playing field alot. and makes it alot harder to find as it shows in Simmons results.
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OK, so what if I started with just WiFi, and then I got a BT USB later, that should work nicely for my needs
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Let's backup a little bit then. Do you need an external USB dongle, or do you need an internal PCIe card?
     
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It doesn't really matter that much. I am more focused on speed and not spending too much since this is a secondary rig. It is hooked up to the TV though, and it will handle some games very well, so I might game there from time to time so I thought maybe I should ask before buying so I get something decent.

BT will be for a wireless keyboard once I get one
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Okay, in that case, I think USB dongle is the way to go. That being said, the next thing you need to determine is how far away from the router this computer lives.

Short Range (aka 10-30 feet from the router, minimal obstructions):
Glam Hobby 600 Mbps AC - $15
Glam Hobby 1200 Mbps 1200 AC - $20

Mid Range (aka 30+ feet from router, maybe a wall or 2 in the way):
Glam Hobby 600 Mbps AC with 2dBi Antenna - $22
Asus (USB-AC56) Dual-band Wireless-AC1300 - $55

I personally do not own any of these, but they were selected based on number of reviews, and review content.
     
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Im not currently home but from my experience anything linksys has been rock solid 24/7 network wise and outside that i trust newegg, i look off / sort by best rating and as long as it has 10 perfect reviews or more its good in my opinon. i'll try to get some links when i get home smile.gif
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I have this old card from a laptop that should work with this $5 card, shipped

https://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=9SIA27C1F20360

But I can't figure out what kind of connector I need to look for for the antenna... can someone tell me what it is? Cause it looks like some are also dirt cheap, like $3 shipped
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Originally Posted by USlatin View Post

I have this old card from a laptop that should work with this $5 card, shipped

https://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=9SIA27C1F20360

But I can't figure out what kind of connector I need to look for for the antenna... can someone tell me what it is? Cause it looks like some are also dirt cheap, like $3 shipped

Antenna's are all generally the same size, just look for wireless router antennas and they should all work perfectly.
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