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 Post subject: Which would get better reception?
PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2004 7:37 pm 
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Which of these two products do you think would get better reception/signal as I get further from from the router?

1) Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter,

http://www.linksys.com/products/product ... 6&prid=578

or,

2) Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter,

http://www.linksys.com/products/product ... 6&prid=635

Thanks,

Mike.


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The USB Adapter can be moved around the computer to find the best spot for reception.

The PCI card sits in the computer and can't be moved around unless you buy an external antenna to plug into it.


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I networked a friends computers. His wife had the cable guy install the only cable outlet in the house in an upstairs bedroom at one end of the house (DUH!).
And his PC is in a converted garage office. His PC is in an opening in the base of his solid oak desk, and the back of the PC faces away from the WI-FI router that is upstairs, through half a dozen walls and doors at the other end of the house. Nope... near zero signal strength on his PC.
I bought a 15dB directional antenna (about $20 at Fry's) and set it on his desk. Problem solved.


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do you have a link for the antenna?

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big__m wrote:
do you have a link for the antenna?

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http://www.hawkingtech.com/prodSpec.php?ProdID=183

It says "corner antenna" but I just set it on the desk and aimed it toward the router.


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of the 2 connectors listed abouve, which do you think would get better reception?


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big__m wrote:
of the 2 connectors listed abouve, which do you think would get better reception?


The USB has a 2dBi antenna while the PCI card has a 5dBi antenna... so the PCI card is better in that regard. If you can move the PC around so that there is more or less a straight line of sight between the PCI card and your router then it probably would be better.

But if you have a situation like I posted above, then the USB adapter might be the way to go. Altough it's antenna sensitivity is lower, you can move it around easily.

At the time I worked on my friend's PC, I considered the USB adapter. But it was more expensive than the PCI adapter and 15dBi antenna combined.

Another thing to consider... is your USB 1.1 (12Mbps) or USB 2.0 (480Mbps)? You don't want to buy the 54Mbps USB adapter unless your PC has USB 2.0.


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