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USB Wireless vs. PC card Wireless

By danieljackson12
May 17, 2008
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  1. Okay so heres my question as i'm in the market for a new wireless card but i was debating weather i wanted a card or not. As there are is an alternative its known as a usb wireless adapter which is suppose to do the same thing as the cards but my question is are there any differences or can i get either one?

    in case you have no idea what i'm rambling on about heres the two choices

    wireless USB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127081


    Wireless card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833117204
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    All I know is, with a USB extension lead you can sticky tape the USB Wireless adaptor higher up the wall. But Computers tend to fall off (lol :) )

    Actually I did't check the distance on both, but I suspect the PCI card goes further.
    Maybe check that out.
  3. danieljackson12

    danieljackson12 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well the thing is i already compared the distance and the packaging says they have about the same distance but i was wondering if anyone had actually used the usb one to know if it was any worse or better than the pc card:) thanks anyways though so no one has used these things?
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    USB wireless is good, but much slower than directly installed wireless on a card or onboard.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Yes I've got one of those USB wireless adaptors (came with the router)
    Basically wireless is over rated all together, I put it as high as I could, and still it only managed one room away. So I went back to direct ethernet (through a few holes in walls !)
  6. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 480

    I have two machines connected wirelessly that are separated two floors (linksys g router in cellar; PC's on second floor of house with USB Wireless Adapters. A few years ago, I was planning to have the house wired and was steered to wireless (back then it was 802.11b) and it worked so well, I never bothered to get around to having the house wired. They stream music and play a few games on the web, but are not hardcore gamers.
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