Looking for a wireless network adapter for my desktop

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by zomgitsliam, May 31, 2012.

  1. zomgitsliam

    zomgitsliam Guest

    My router sits on the opposite end of the house to the desktop I would
    like to connect it to. My desktop is upstairs about 10m away through
    the floor. I want to buy a wireless adapter for it that gives me a
    strong signal. The signal i get from my Dell Inspiron laptop with the
    default network adapter when placed where my desktop is is perfect. I
    also have a Thomson Gateway TG585 v7 router so it has to be compatible
    with that. Any help would be much appreciated.
    zomgitsliam, May 31, 2012
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  2. zomgitsliam

    dold Guest

    I have had good luck with the Belkin Wireless G USB adapter sold at
    Walmart for $12.

    maybe this one would be good:

    If your laptop has good signal, any USB adapter would probably be fine.
    dold, May 31, 2012
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  3. zomgitsliam

    Shadow Guest

    And if it isn't, just get a USB extension cable and put it
    between the USB adapter and the desktop. The adapter then works as a
    moveable antenna.
    Shadow, Jun 2, 2012
  4. zomgitsliam

    isw Guest

    The WiFi-USB adapter I tried (on a Mac) gobbled about 15% of the 1.25
    GHz processor all the time. Plus, from time to time it would forget what
    it was supposed to do and would have to be re-taught. Maybe that was
    because the folks who wrote the driver were incompetent at Mac
    programing; I don't know.

    I fixed things by installing DD-WRT on a WRT-54 and using it as a
    bridge. Stable as a brick.

    isw, Jun 3, 2012
  5. zomgitsliam

    dold Guest

    My mac-inclined-friend had a similar experience. USB devices that worked
    were unstable, and none of them were fast. He didn't mention CPU
    performance. He went with a Powerline adapter, I think Netgear. I had
    read that the performance of those was poor compared to WiFi, but "mac"
    adds another variable.

    I have another system where I had been using the Belkin USB, but I wanted
    "n" speeds. I bought DLink DWA-525 PCI card that works fine.

    The USB does offer the advantage that it can be located on a cable for
    relocation for better reception.
    dold, Jun 3, 2012
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