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USB or PCIe Wireless Adapter

#21Santaeid(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 6:02:06 PM
I just want whatever will maximize my internet speed. I prolly wont give up on my computer for a few more years (thing cost me a pretty penny and games still can run ultra on).
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#22Damaged7Posted 12/6/2013 7:33:35 PM
From my experience with both i tend to go with PCIe if its a desktop.

The main differences i've found is that USB seems to find signals better, but PCIe has better speeds.

The range on my PCIe doesn't seem as big as a laptop but if it has a signal its damn fast.

Every USB adapter i've used took awhile to actually get working, and when it did work it was slow as hell.
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#23mrCubePosted 12/6/2013 7:38:24 PM
SampsonM posted...
Yeah, in general USB adapters are low-quality. Do what I said and you'll be gold.


This is pretty false
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#24halomonkey1_3_5Posted 12/6/2013 7:49:08 PM
You could look into a powerline adapter(uses your homes electrical wiring as a physical "bridge" between your PC and router) considering you seem to be pretty far away from your router. I've got this one(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704165) and I can verify it works great. Get the same speeds as my PC that is actually plugged directly into the router(which is about double what I was getting over Wi-Fi, with the added benefit that I dont have nearly as many jumps in ping while playing online due to my unreliable signal).

There are some issues(apparently some old houses have issues because of the wiring degrading with age and it gets crappy performance if you plug it into a power strip/surge protector, so you have to dedicate a physical plug to it instead of just a spot on a power strip) but I have no complaints and it works flawlessly for me.
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#25Santaeid(Topic Creator)Posted 12/6/2013 8:52:29 PM(edited)
halomonkey1_3_5 posted...
You could look into a powerline adapter(uses your homes electrical wiring as a physical "bridge" between your PC and router) considering you seem to be pretty far away from your router. I've got this one(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704165) and I can verify it works great. Get the same speeds as my PC that is actually plugged directly into the router(which is about double what I was getting over Wi-Fi, with the added benefit that I dont have nearly as many jumps in ping while playing online due to my unreliable signal).

There are some issues(apparently some old houses have issues because of the wiring degrading with age and it gets crappy performance if you plug it into a power strip/surge protector, so you have to dedicate a physical plug to it instead of just a spot on a power strip) but I have no complaints and it works flawlessly for me.


Interesting. I guess amma need to think about these different options and decide. I just really want ot be able to play games like Diablo 3 adn watch shows at the same time. Or watch a video and write down some stuff but my computer gets all laggy as hell.

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http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA4010KIT-Powerline-Adapter-Starter/dp/B00AWRUICG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386391791&sr=8-1&keywords=TP-LINK+TL-PA4010KIT

Should I get this one. It is cheaper and since my internet goes like 80 mbps max wouldn't this be better?
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#26WerdnAndreWPosted 12/6/2013 11:52:27 PM(edited)
Those power line adapters work great if both are connected to the same circuit.
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#27SampsonMPosted 12/7/2013 7:52:09 AM
I've had so many problems with powerline adapters.

And maybe USB adapters have dramatically improved in quality in the last year or two, but of the half dozen I've owned over the last 10 years, they've all been absolute trash and stopped working within a year.

Buy a PCIe adapter and omnidirectional antenna from Amazon, I'm telling you. It's your best bet. It might be overkill, but I'm telling you, it will give you max speeds. If you don't trust me, you can always send it back -- Amazon has incredible return policies.
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#28betatechPosted 12/7/2013 8:19:36 AM
Personally, I prefer ethernet based solutions because they're more flexible and future proof from my experience.

Powerlines from my experience are also good in bad wifi areas of my house or where reliability is needed (don't ask), but it does depend on the wiring and they can be a pain to sync up at times.
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#29SampsonMPosted 12/7/2013 8:30:29 AM
Newegg is going to have a deal on a PCIe adapter in 1.5 hours:
http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellShocker-_-33-315-109-_-12072013_2

I'm sure it will be really cheap. Buy that then buy a desktop-mounted omnidirectional antenna.
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#30CremaciousPosted 12/7/2013 8:32:07 AM
Only thing about powerline adapters is that when I used them on my desktop I got 25mbps out of the 50mbps the computer connected directly into the router was getting.
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