Best Wi, internal or external?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Derrick Fawsitt, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. My PC is not Wi Fi enabled so I have the choice of now either, fitting
    an internal card or using an external USB one, or of course I could wait
    until I upgrade my PC and get one with WI Fi enabled but as I am not
    really ready to change I would be hoping to hear that in fact the
    external card via USB is the better option.
    I await the verdict with trepidation.
    Derrick Fawsitt, Nov 4, 2005
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  2. Derrick Fawsitt

    Kraftee Guest


    But I have an inbuilt hatred of using USB for comms & if I had to do
    what you are wanting, I would personally go for an internal PCI card
    which has a removable aeriel & then buy a remote aeriel, which come in
    all different shapes & sizes, but an internal colinear with half a meter
    of flylead would suit me.

    The other option is to use a mains LAN unit (you'd need 2 actually),
    which means you can use the 240v house wiring as a LAN, solves all your
    problems in one go. I have known a few people who have tried it & none
    of them have a bad word to say about it & most have tried the wifi route
    & failed
    Kraftee, Nov 4, 2005
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  3. Belkin PCI, PCCard, USB 802.11g adapters all retail at £19.99 so that
    makes the choice a bit harder.

    USB is external plug-in and can be positioned for best signal on a USB
    extension lead. PCI card means taking the lid off etc and aerial may
    be in a daft place and require an extra lead for positioning it.

    Need USB2 port for decent 802.11g speed as USB1.1 is 12 Mbits/s.

    Phil Thompson, Nov 4, 2005
  4. Derrick Fawsitt

    Martin² Guest

    A WiFi adapter on length of cable (up to 5m) connecting trough USB port is
    by far the best solution.
    Main reason is that is easy to position for best reception, e.g. 5' high is
    often better and sometimes an inch can make a difference. Also it's easy to
    put simple silver foil on a folded card reflector behind it, which can
    ensure steady signal.
    Finally it's fairly cheap. I found the best one is D-Link DWL G122
    Martin², Nov 5, 2005
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