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Can someone give an explanation of wireless adapters?

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    Can someone give an explanation of wireless adapters?


    I know an efficient amount on computers and software, but I know know a thing on wireless adapters since I never had to use one until now. I go to walmart and all I see is 300mbps, 150mbps, dual band, 5ghz, 2.4ghz. I have no clue on what any of this means with adapters or with PCI? I have time warner and I get 16mbps download and 1mbps upload. Shouldnt a 150mbps adapter be good for anyone? Who has internet faster then 100mbps...Please help me out Im clueless. Im running Windows 8
    This is my router- CDR KING

    These are the adapters I saw at Walmart
    Netgear N1500 Wireless USB Adapter - Walmart.com
    Linksys Wireless N600 USB Adapter - Walmart.com
    Netgear Wireless Adapter, WNDA3100-100NAS - Walmart.com
    Which would you go with?
    Or should I buy a PCI card?
    If so which would you get with $50 on amazon?

    Also someone recommended the Hiro H50191 300Mbps Wireless-N USB Network Adapter, would this be the best buy?

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    300mbps or 150mbps is the theoretical max for data transfer but by the time it travels thru a few walls, downstairs, thru metal whatever and if you hanging more than one computer off your wireless router than the data transfer rate is going to be vastly less.

    why a pci card, they are bulky and require you to open up your case to install them, do yourself a favor and just get a cheap usb wireless adapter, as stated before the hiro models are foolproof, check the tiger direct reviews, something like 166 reviews averaging almost 5 stars out of 5.

    Hope something helps
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    Thanks TC man.
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    I would strongly recommend a PCI or at least a PCIe x1 network adapter over a USB wireless adapter any day. If you plan on downloading large amounts of data from your local network or the internet then the performance impact would be to great. That being said if you just want to download emails and browse the web (Not downloading software or games) then the USB adapter should be suffice.

    Just a recommendation from personal experience

    Josh!
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    So whats really the difference between a PCI card and a USB? To me, I dont see a difference between any pci card vs this.
    Amazon.com: TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas,w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n,WEP, WPA/WPA2: Electronics
    Some people are saying you get the most out of your bandwidth with this usb adapter. And thats all Id want. Although I am always download software.
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    The main problem with USB connections is with speed to the motherboard for it process the data. A PCI has a much faster connection speed to the motherboard than USB 2.0. That being said if you have a USB 3.0 connection on your motherboard the performance impact won't be as bad. It is all good have a 100Mpbs download speed to the internet however you may be limited by the physical connection to the motherboard which could be remedied with a faster connection such as a PCI.

    Hope This Helps,
    Josh
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    So then what would you think about this?
    Amazon.com : TP-LINK TL-WN951N Wireless N300 Advanced PCI Adapter, 300Mbps, w/WPS Button, IEEE 802.1b/g/n, WEP, WPA/WPA2 : Usb Network Adapters : Electronics
    Or are there any better pci cards? Im not sure my computer has a pci-e slot. Its an old dell vostro 200 motherboard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
    The main problem with USB connections is with speed to the motherboard for it process the data. A PCI has a much faster connection speed to the motherboard than USB 2.0.
    While technically true, a USB 2.0 connection can support up to 480Mbps...which is far faster than any wireless card is going to go anyway. So, a USB 2.0 port will NOT be a bottleneck.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
    That being said if you have a USB 3.0 connection on your motherboard the performance impact won't be as bad. It is all good have a 100Mpbs download speed to the internet however you may be limited by the physical connection to the motherboard which could be remedied with a faster connection such as a PCI.
    USB 3.0 has a signaling rate of 5Gbit/sec, with a usable data rate of 4Gbit/sec. Even if you have a massive 100Mbps (100 megabits per second) connection to the internet, you won't even be using a sliver of the possible bandwidth on USB 3.0. Heck, you would be using less than 20% of the possible bandwidth on USB 2.0.
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    Just wondering, how would I know if my vosro has a PCI express?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
    The main problem with USB connections is with speed to the motherboard for it process the data. A PCI has a much faster connection speed to the motherboard than USB 2.0.
    While technically true, a USB 2.0 connection can support up to 480Mbps...which is far faster than any wireless card is going to go anyway. So, a USB 2.0 port will NOT be a bottleneck.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
    That being said if you have a USB 3.0 connection on your motherboard the performance impact won't be as bad. It is all good have a 100Mpbs download speed to the internet however you may be limited by the physical connection to the motherboard which could be remedied with a faster connection such as a PCI.
    USB 3.0 has a signaling rate of 5Gbit/sec, with a usable data rate of 4Gbit/sec. Even if you have a massive 100Mbps (100 megabits per second) connection to the internet, you won't even be using a sliver of the possible bandwidth on USB 3.0. Heck, you would be using less than 20% of the possible bandwidth on USB 2.0.
    I suppose it depends on the network card itself. For example more expensive cards support the new 802.11ac protocol - NETGEAR A6200 1167Mbps Wireless-AC USB Adapter | A6200-100WWS -. And with a USB 3.0 the only bottleneck in terms of the machine would be the speed from the south bridge to the north bridge.

    chargersrool, are you able to provide a model? This will better tell us whether you have one. Based on the general consensus the USB wireless NIC would be suffice for your needs if you don't want to open up your machine
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