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Are pci cards better than usb adaptors

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Hi I'm about to set up a pc in my basement and would like to know if a wireless pc card is better than an usb adaptor, and if so by how much?

Im in my basement right now typing from my itouch and dont seem to be having any connection issues. I'm leaning towards the usb adaptor at this point. Has anyone had experience with both of them, would appreciate the input

thanks
post #2 of 8
USB adapters have the advantage of being a bit more flexible. You can always put them on an extension cord to get better reception. But PCI cards get more power and have better radio kit generally.
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post #3 of 8
I would go with PCI card as well, I don't like USB dongles hanging out of USB ports, too easy to break.

Plus with the PCI card you can have an external antenna for increased range, if you ever have a problem with that.
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pci cards also tend to have a larger antenna.

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If you're going to pay for a card, I would buy a DD-WRT capable router and run it as a wireless bridge. More potent then either a PCI or USB adapter, with a lot more available power....
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I have loads of these in my house. Able to get decent speeds accross my house.
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whats an "itouch". go with PCI. unless you need to switch it among computers
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pci because coming from owning both, i came to relize that the usb kept getting stepped on and drug around by the puppy
    
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