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I'm building my own pc right now for my room, but don't have a cable hookup there. I have a wireless router, so I guess I can just get a wireless card to get internet access. Anyone have any suggestions? Will I notice a big difference being that it's wireless rather than a wired connection?

I'm not that big of an online gamer, but I do want a pretty fast connection if I ever needed it. I'm totally new at this, so I don't know what to expect.
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Get a Lynksys wireless card. Since you have a couple walls\\floors for your signal to go through, you might look into a range extender also. Might not need it if your house is not real big.

Also, cordless phones that operate on the same frequency as your wireless router will cause you many headaches. Most wireless routers run on 2.4 Ghz freq.

So check your phone and get a lynksys, D-link or belkin brand. I have experience with all three and that is the order I would rate them.
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Linksys makes very good adapters. D-Link is also very good.
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I have only one floor between the router and the computer. Will my cordless phone interfere only when someone's on the phone or just constantly? Also, will I be annoyed by performance or is there no huge drop in performance between wired and wireless?

Any specific suggestions? Is this something I should be looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124126?
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Other wireless devices won't interfere that much. I have my wireless on a different channel (default is 6) and never experience any issues, despite there being at least one 2.4GHz cordless phone in every room of the house.
As far as performance difference, you may indeed notice a bit of lag. Of course, it also depends on how well set up your network is and how strong the signals are. My network is all 54G and I can play several online games (WoW, CSS, DoDS, etc.) with no real issues. Sure, I get the occasional spike and lag, but nothing serious.
Vertical distance between the devices is not that big of a factor. Where you will have problems is in the horizontal distance between the router and the adapter. Since it's only one floor, a simple router + adapter setup should work, unless you have +50ft of distance (horizontal) between them .
Another thing. Try to avoid wireless repeaters and similar range extenders, especially if you plan to game heavily on the network. Those devices simply cannot handle big network loads and will often reset themselves, causing signal drops. I already tried several from different brands and they all performed similarly... horribly.

Edit: I use that Linksys adapter on my brother's PC, which he uses primarily to game online (a big CS junky). The main router is directly on the room on top of his and he gets full signal strength all the time.
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I'm thinking about getting the BUFFALO WLI-TX4-G54HP since it's only $7 more and has better reviews of it (from Newegg). I can't find many reviews for wireless adapters, so I don't have much to go on. Anybody have experience with this adapter? I know my router is 802.11g, so is the only compatibility issue I have to worry about (I know this adapter is compatible with Vista).
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