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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:16 pm 
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I have got my computer built except for my wireless card. I am using a old belkin N USB card and would like to install an onboard desktop card. I am not quite sure what to look for. I know my best bet is to hardwire to my network, but that isnt feasible. What should i look for in a wireless card? I am using Uverse and would like the fastest internet speeds possible. Any advice or recomendations is appreciated.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:23 pm 
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Netgear and linksys wireless N would be your best bet. Find a PCI slot free and plug and play with the driver CD that comes with it.

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The worst I have come across have been Belkin and Netgear - Dlink and Linksys are not far behind... 1 reason, complicated and unnecessary drivers for install, esp with the uninitiated computer person... On a point 1b, all their websites suck at getting a decent driver without going through a complicated rigmarole.. (on a side note Belkin generally use Broadcomm 43XX chips on their wifi cards which are not too difficult to find)....

Rant off (and apologies)....

I use Edimax and I'll use them all the time if I can... Why? Simple, simple driver install, the distance covered by my Edimax cards is about a 3rd further than any of the above named brand - signal strength is a lot greater.. Plus, the Edimax support is great...

So, I would get a nbased Edimax card with 3 arials like this one, which at $35 is a bargain... Ensure you put it in a PCI slot furthest from the CPU (always read instructions, generally you install driver first and card second)... Install the driver only, use windows wireless config, it saves an enormous amount of messing about.. And make sure your router supports n too....

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i have a D-Link N PCI card which i've never had problems with. good range, excellent throughput.

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