Originally Posted by Greensystemsgo
wait, so first off you dunno if you have a wifi router? unless their built in together, the modem must have an ethernet going to the router, and then from their everything past that can be wifi.
decide what wifi speed your router is, a/b/g/n, anything less then g and upgrade. g you might wanna consider upgrading to n. g is 54mb/s, where as n is 150mb/s so a sizeable increase in lan speed.
Next, newegg up a card. something with external antennas pci/pci/e even x1 pcie will work great, thats what mine is. avoid usb, usb 2.0 is like 56mb/s so theirs a bottleneck, and they rarely have good connectivity. Look up cards, eitherway you want something with a realtek, atheros, ralink, or broadcom chipset. then just skip using the manf drivers of the card, and just use the drivers from the chipset manf for best connectivity/reliability.
I disagree completely, PCI wireless adapters are terrible. What you want to do is use a good USB wi-fi adapter and plug it into a USB extention which you run up your wall and tape it there, So it is quite high and is better than sitting behined your PC being blocked. (Should avoid putting right near Metal)
Depending on your enviroment, you should go with a N router and a good N USB Wireless adapter. (A quality adapter is very important and can make a significant difference). But if you are surrounded by say, Thick walls, Metal or anything that could have a significant decrease in connection, Ive heard that a G radiotype is the way to go under these enviroments.
I never use PCI adapters because of experience, USBs seem to peform alot better even through the reduced bandwidth. I could be wrong and they could be good devices but so far i have had no luck and they are just a peice of &*$#