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post #1 of 7
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I was looking to upgrade my WiFi adapter at home but wasn't sure where best to spend my money. I need to get a signal across a living room, through a wall, across a closet, through another wall and across my room. Would 802.11n be the best for this scenario? If so, what's worth the money?
2.4Ghz vs. 5Ghz
150Mbps vs. 300Mbps
omni vs. panel antenna
MIMO?

I had a couple adapters in mind (2.4Ghz 802.11n, 5dBi external antenna, usb)
Realtek CU4 400mW $18
Alfa AWUS036NEH-V5 1000mW 150Mbps $23
Alfa AWUS036NH 2000mW 150Mbps MIMO $35
mystery ebay special 300Mbps MIMO $15
Rosewill 300Mbps MIMO $27+free usb hub

Currently on an Alfa AWUS036H 1000mW w/ 5dBi antenna to a Linksys WRT54GL w/ DD-WRT preSP2
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I have never had a good experience with WLAN cards. Have you ever considered HomePlug adapters? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-127-_-Product
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Thought about it but the cost is too high. Mind as well line my house with ethernet at that point =/
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Not a big fan of those usb adapters. A Wireless n router has the punch your looking for. I just picked up the netgear wnr3500l wireless n router paired with a asus pce-n13 wireless adapter because i was in the same boat you are.
Upgrading from wireless g to wireless n made a big difference and even gets past my HVAC system with no problem. Hope this food for thought helps.
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Are PCI/PCI-E WiFi cards better or faster than usb? I'm using a usb adapter now since it much easier to move around and position using extension cables. USB cables lose less signal per meter than antenna cables.
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Well, USB is never the way to go. If you want a good, reliable connection, get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833156232 or something like it. It connects to your network then you plug in an ethernet cord between it and your computer. The range and quality should be very nice. If it is a desktop, something like this would be acceptable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833315082 PCI is way better than USB.
Edited by flaviz - 1/23/11 at 3:24pm
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Why are PCI cards so much better?
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