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hey guys, ive been out of the networking loop for a while..but im seeing all this mimo info and N routers.

i remember reading somewhere..about one of them..that it wasnt so hot but idk if it was bs or not

anyways, whats the deal with em?

i might be looking to buy a new router soon but i dont know.

i want to setup my pc via wireless network..but ive run out of PCI slots, i have a pci-e x16 slot but no pci

anyway, what about these usb network devices? are they any good or are they junk?

should i use usb or just use an ethernet cable?

Cablings going to be a pita since ill have to run the wire threw a wall etc

has to do with where my cable comes into the house=sucks.
post #2 of 7
I would def. set it up with a ethernet cord directly to the router if at all possible. That will give you reliable fast connection. USB networking devices are junk for anyone that does anything with the network .. they're fine for the soccormom who has to check her AOL account but since you have a quadcore I assume you do a little more than that . If you want to go wireless and want the best get a mimo pre-N (unless N has been finalized abnd they have N routers out) as it is the fastes and longest range consumer you will be able to get. If Im not mistaken you will also need a mimo and Pre-N card to reap the full benefits. (Mimi is neatgear specific and needs the neatgear receiver to get full performance, Pre N is the signal type (like "b" or "g") and is capable of streaming HD quality video)

** Note that any wireless device can connect to a Pre-N mimo network . .but there would be a bottleneck at that device)


That being said If you simply want to get online with a laptop and game on the desktop then I would suggest the Linksys WRT54G as it is only $50 and will give you reliable "g" coverage.


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N routers still use the draft version as far as I know; they're good but still suffer from some issues. MIMO routers are all the rage now and most brands have affordable MIMO solutions, so there's little excuse to go for a SuperG/G device (comparable SuperG speeds and much more range).
USB adapters are not that bad, and in some cases are better than the PCI ones, since they can be moved around for better reception; if you add an extension to a PCI device it weakens the signal due to resistance in the cable and the extra connectors themselves. Just avoid those "stick" USB adapters (those ARE crap).
As for brands, Linksys is okay but often overpriced. Other good ones are D-Link, Buffalo, Netgear.
Oh, and try to avoid the so called "Wireless Expanders/Repeaters". ALL of them are crap.
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alright, looks like ill be hooking up via ethernet cable, i have a d-link dgl-4300 right now, was just wondering about the mimo's

http://games.dlink.com/products/?pid=370

im not really sure how great/horrible it is, since it was a gift and i didnt look into buying it myself, has served me..seemingly fine..but i start wondering if i dont know what im missing and if its in actuality slow..lol

on another note, wish i had verizon fios in my area.


how does the length of an ethernet cable effect signal?

contemplating how to wire my stuff..extend the cable line, or use a long ethernet cable if available..if i went with the ether cable it would be about...idk 15 feet long
post #5 of 7
That's a really good router. Paired up with a good SuperG adapter and you're golden.
Ethernet and coaxial cables themselves won't degrade the signal that much (15' is nothing). Where you do start suffering from signal loss is when you start adding adapters and other connectors to the cables, since they add resistance. I'm no electrical engineer nor a physics guru, but these are the things I have noticed in my meager years of experience.
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can you reccomend any good super g adapters?...since i might be changing my sound setup i might be able to stuff a pci into my pc.

but maybe not...external..or usb possibly?

meaning wired usb or USB stick i guess...but sounds like the usb sticks blow
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Yes, avoid USB sticks like the plague.
Technically any SuperG device should work with that previous router, but to be on the safe side, get one from the same brand;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127167
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833127075
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