Suggestions for Windows 7 Compatible desktop wireless adapter
I'm looking for a good wireless g/n adapter that is Windows 7 64-bit compatible for my desktop. Would anyone be able to suggest some brands/models that works well? I've seen some with external antennas and some that are internal mini-card types but I don't know what's good or works well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Well from bus rates I'd say PCI. For data transfer rates it comes down to the wireless standard. When it comes to bus rates, I wouldn't be too concerned about that at all and go with what is most comfortable for you as far as an install.
I've seen some with external antennas and some that are internal mini-card types but I don't know what's good or works well.
Generally speaking, which type is better or does both perform the same? The USB kind vs one that plugs into the PCI slot?
depends on range and signal from router.. if you're just going to the next room or something, either will work.. but if you're trying to pull-in a signal 50 ft away and 2 floors up, you may need something an external, and re-positionable antenna
the last couple internal cards i've bought have been newegg's rosewill brand... usb ones i've had mixed success with..
i prefer pci cards for desktops that will only ever be connected via wireless... and then only when running a network cable isn't feasible. preferring to limit usb wireless adapters to temporary use or on the road (although one of those + a usb extension cable can often work instead of an external antenna).... but my favorite solution for a desktop is a wireless bridge (aka a 'gaming adapter').. eliminates the driver hassle completely, providing a standard lan port to connect the desktop to. i've had several wireless adapters go obsolete on me just because of lack of drivers for newer versions of operating systems, or lack of good linux support.. hardware-based bridge fixes that problem but costs a bit more than an el-cheapo adapter.
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For desktops (or anything that doesn't need mobility), I prefer neither USB nor PCI adapters, but instead a wireless ethernet bridge. Now I have compatibility across any OS capable of wired ethernet (including future OSes). I can position the bridge and its antenna(s) anywhere I like, bounded only by the limits of ethernet (100m w/o amplification). I usually get a better antenna solution as a result, esp. compared to USB devices, or a PCI antenna stuck behind the PC. A bridge also lets me preserve WOL (wake on lan), something ppl often don't realize is lost w/ a wireless USB/PCI adapter, but find out later when they need it most. I can temporarily disconnect the bridge and use it for other purposes, perhaps to build/test a new machine (ever build a new PC and wish you didn’t need to run 50-100 ft of ethernet from your router over to your favorite build area just so Windows updates could be applied during the install?), or for other network diagnostic purposes. When I’m done, I just plug it back into the PC. If I have other wired devices near that PC/bridge, I can just plug them into the bridge (assuming your particular bridge comes w/ a switch) and make them wireless too, no fuss, no muss, and so I gain economies of scale. Overheating issues? Wireless USB adapters are notorious for this type of problem, while PCI less so, although they are buried in your PC and so heat is at least a *potential* problem (and heat is the enemy of reliable wireless connections). W/ a bridge, typically much less of an issue.
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