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Connecting desktop to WLAN - best option?

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by FunkyT, 26 Sep 2009.

  1. FunkyT


    Joined: 27 Aug 2003

    Posts: 3,472

    The wireless router is a NETGEAR DG834GT 108Mbps.

    I'm considering the following two devices:

    NETGEAR WG311T 108Mbps PCI card
    NETGEAR WG111T 108Mbps USB 2.0 adapter

    Which would be my best option? Perhaps I can do better?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Daegan

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 1,589

    Location: Bath, UK

    PCI as an interface is better suited to networking than USB, and having your wireless gubbins on an expansion card inside your PC rather than crammed into a dongle means it's less likely to overheat. One nice thing about USB adapters is you can put them on the end of a USB cable and move them around for better reception, but then you can get a PCI card with a separate antenna if reception is an issue round the back of the PC.

    I'd also steer clear of Netgear adapters as their Smart Wizard software is rancid and sometimes unavoidable. Go for one of the Edimax ones and let Windows manage it.

  3. West


    Joined: 22 Dec 2004

    Posts: 9,098

    Location: Rugeley, Staffs

    I can reccomend the EW-7727In.

    If you see my thread below, it's not 100% solved my issue with games but the problem is alot better than it was.

    Reception is also very good on this card with 2 removable Antenae.