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Best WiFi PCI card for gaming

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by tnx, 13 Aug 2020.

  1. tnx

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Dec 2012

    Posts: 1,060

    Just built up a PC for my 11 year old nephew for his first Gaming PC.

    Been told their router is down stairs and all the slots are full so this PC will have to connect wirelessly.

    So can somebody recommend a good WiFi PCI card for gaming.

    This will get him up and running. As a long term solution I would suggest a ethernet switch and a powerline adopter or a long ethernet cable running round the outside of the house.

    Any thoughts ?
  2. Quartz


    Joined: 1 Apr 2014

    Posts: 12,834

    Location: Aberdeen

    Disassemble it and rebuild it with him. It will be a great uncle-nephew bonding experience and make the PC much more meaningful to him.

    Quite right.
  3. d_brennen


    Joined: 30 Jan 2009

    Posts: 16,250

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    I wouldn't dismiss powerline adaptors. I used them successfully YEARS ago for gaming and they have only got better. YMMV with regard to wiring quality of the house though. I'd use a decent brand powerline adaptor over WiFi any day.
  4. tnx

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Dec 2012

    Posts: 1,060

    cheers guys.

    Never thought about letting help build. That would have been a great idea. His dad has his own garage and I know the young lad is taking a very hands on approach with him...
  5. coolsurfer


    Joined: 11 Apr 2006

    Posts: 800

    Location: Yorkshire

    Power line adaptor mate.
  6. WJA96


    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 16,952

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    When you say ‘all the slots are full’ you mean all the ports on the router are occupied? If so, a £15 1GbE switch and the aforementioned long cable will save you doing it again later. Terminating cables and use of a hammer drill with a 250mm bit are also great bonding experiences.

    And you imagine the disappointment on your nephews face when he says ‘Uncle tnx this new gaming pc you built me is great but the internet is so slow I can hardly watch pr0n on it at all’. ;)
  7. Uhtred


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,924

    Location: Hertfordshire

    If dual band is available then 5ghz can be brilliant if the signal is strong enough. Don't even both with 2.4ghz, go for powerline or cat5e instead.
  8. tnx

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Dec 2012

    Posts: 1,060

    Well for the time being and just to get him online I got a WiFi PCI card from a local comp shop.
    It works ok.
    I will advise his parents on the best way to get full speed internet to his PC.

    cheers guys.