Wireless USB adapters VS. wireless PCI adapters

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Borgslayer, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Borgslayer

    Borgslayer Guest

    I'm thinking about getting a wireless card for my backup computer, and
    I'm not sure what to go with. I'm tempted to try the Hawking wireless
    USB adapter with the external antenna.

    But I've heard rumors that USB adapters don't have nearly the power or
    range of a PCI card, and I really want to know whats better before I
    buy.

    Thx,
    Borgslayer
     
    Borgslayer, Dec 3, 2007
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  2. Borgslayer

    DTC Guest

    Most PCI cards have an external antenna port which gives you more
    flexibility.
     
    DTC, Dec 3, 2007
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    F8BOE Guest

    An AP in client mode is just-plug-and-play in the LAN port, independent from
    the OS you installed in your computer.
     
    F8BOE, Dec 3, 2007
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  4. Borgslayer

    seaweedsteve Guest

    I lean towards USB adapters WITH EXTERNAL ANTENNA CONNECTOR. Hawking
    makes one. There are others on the market as well.

    To me this is the best of both worlds. A PCI card will not typically
    have good range when stuck behind your metal pc. You can buy a remote
    antenna with cable, but their thin cables typically are lossy.

    A USB adapter can be placed higher,, and often, even with it's
    typically weaker stock antenna (antenna is more important that power)
    it can work better due to better placement.

    Furthermore, USB extensions do not lose power like antenna cables.

    Finally, if it has an external antenna connector, you can directly
    attach a higher gain directional antenna (again, avoid antenna cables,
    if possible) and improve range and power over a PCI.

    Steve
     
    seaweedsteve, Dec 4, 2007
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  5. Borgslayer

    Guest Guest

     
    Guest, Dec 4, 2007
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  6. Borgslayer

    Guest Guest

    If your spare m/c is an older one you may or may not have problems
    getting it to recognise the USB adaptor (Buffalo). We tried to do
    just as you, and found that our old Dell laptop recognised the adaptor
    for about a week, and was very good. Then it decided not to recognise
    the device any more, and despite a lengthy correspondence in these
    columns I never did manage to find out how to keep it 'recognised'.
    The device is still in use however, as we found it was much faster on
    our main pc than the onboard D-Link card. It also seems to work
    faster still when both adaptors are working at the same time - but
    they don't always 'get on'.

    I looked at using a PCI card instead of the USB, but, found as many
    threads dealing with these not being 'recognised' as for our USB (with
    or without additional power supply), so decided not to bother in the
    end. Old laptop is rather heavy, and ready for replacement anyway...

    S
     
    Guest, Dec 4, 2007
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  7. Borgslayer

    miso Guest

    I had a device (cellphone interface cable) that only worked on usb
    port where I first installed the software, as if every usb port was
    different. I find I have less issues with PC cards regarding drivers
    than usb, but these damn manufacturers dumped cardbus for express,
    obsoleting all my cards.
     
    miso, Dec 4, 2007
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