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USB or PCIe Wireless Adapter

#1SantaeidPosted 12/6/2013 6:25:39 AM
I have verizon Fios with 75 dl (dont remember upload). The router in the house is all the way downstairs on the opposite end of the house. I have some cheap wifi adapter my dad got from a friend that gives me like 5-7 mbps on average. My brother has a Lenovo Ideapad y510p and is getting like 20 mbps and he is even further away from the router.

My point being should I look into getting a PCI-E adapter (if you knwo of a good one let me know or one of these USB wifi Adapter:

http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Dual-Band-Wireless-N-Adapter-AE3000/dp/B007ZLGXA8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385505529&sr=8-2&keywords=Cisco+Linksys+AE1000

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Wireless-N-Graphical-Interface-USB-N53/dp/B005SAKW9G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

My mobo is an Asus P8z77 but the wifi using that was sucky and did not hold a connection well.
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#2Santaeid(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 8:27:24 AM
Any help bump.
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#3r0ge00Posted 12/6/2013 8:47:00 AM
The nice thing I found with my USB adapter is that I could aim the antenna anywhere and move it around with the USB extension. This would sometimes result in a better signal. There are some PCI-E cards that have antenna units that are adjustable. I would try a USB one first, just make sure it comes with a USB extension unless you have one laying around.

What kind of router is it? What kind of signal strength are you getting?
#4reincarnator07Posted 12/6/2013 9:30:37 AM
I prefer PCIe ones to save on USB ports, but I don't think there's much difference between the 2.
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#5Santaeid(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 9:35:52 AM
I see. Everyone says PCiE is better somehow but I wish they would say why. I may try the Asus one evne though the Mobo built in wifi sucks. Besides if it works there is a mail in rebate so its like 50% off the other one.
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#6UberLurkerPosted 12/6/2013 9:51:26 AM
Santaeid posted...
I see. Everyone says PCiE is better somehow but I wish they would say why.


Generally speaking, PCIe adapters are better because they have larger (and often more) antennas than USB adapters. You might be surprised at how much of a difference a good antenna can make.

Case in point, I have a USB wifi adapter but the thing is just one huge directional antenna with a supplementary USB power cable... it can reliably pick up hotspots at least a half mile from my house (granted I live on a hillside but yeah).
#7TropicMoon10Posted 12/6/2013 9:54:56 AM
You don't need to spend $50 for a USB adapter honestly. I have one I bought for $15 and it gets me around 22mbits from a router 25 feet away.
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#8Santaeid(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 9:55:25 AM
UberLurker posted...
Santaeid posted...
I see. Everyone says PCiE is better somehow but I wish they would say why.


Generally speaking, PCIe adapters are better because they have larger (and often more) antennas than USB adapters. You might be surprised at how much of a difference a good antenna can make.

Case in point, I have a USB wifi adapter but the thing is just one huge directional antenna with a supplementary USB power cable... it can reliably pick up hotspots at least a half mile from my house (granted I live on a hillside but yeah).


I see. I may just try the cheaper one and if taht does not work I may go with a PCIe one.
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#9SampsonMPosted 12/6/2013 9:57:28 AM
Buy these two things:
http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-WDN4800-Wireless-Express-Low-profile/dp/B007GMPZ0A/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1386348894&sr=8-4&keywords=pcie+300+mbps+network+card

and this

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-ANT2408C-Desktop-Omni-directional-Magnetic/dp/B0034CQSKW/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1386348925&sr=8-9&keywords=wifi+antenna

And I swear to God you will get the maximum speed your router is capable of.
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#10CremaciousPosted 12/6/2013 10:12:22 AM
From my experience, with wireless you won't be nearly close to that 75 speed. Invest in a powerline adapter.
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