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Wireless USB adapter?

By bbqchip
Feb 27, 2008
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  1. I know this might sound newbie but i have no idea. Im getting a new desktop tomorrow and dont want open it and install in a wireless card and the router is in another room. So is a wireless usb adapter the same as a wireless card?
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    If by "wireless" you mean 802.11 Wi-Fi and not Bluetooth, infrared, GPRS, EDGE, WiMax, CDMA or any other wireless technologies out there, the yes, the USB thing will act as a 802.11 network card.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,369   +302

    Wireless card can be a PCMCIA slot device for a laptop OR a PCI card for a desktop.

    The USB-Ethernet adapter allows you to use a USB slot on the system to implement
    TCP via USB; DON'T GO THERE.

    If you have a NIC or RJ45 connector on the box, by all means this is your first choice.
    If you really have to have Wireless, strongly consider the PCI option first.

    IMO, USB-Ethernet is your last choice; it's cause many problems for Windows users
    and the USB system on windows stinks in the first place. Just search for USB on this
    site and you'll see tons of problems with it.

    Be Happy; Get a router, wire up access as much as possible, and use WiFi where
    necessary using PCMICA/PCI cards.
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