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    Good wireless adapter for gaming?

    Currently building a new computer (posted in another thread), but I'll need a wireless adapter... as my room is some 100 feet from the router, with walls in between. At the moment I have an Airlink101 300n, but shows it doesn't support Windows 7. (my current computer is windows Vista).

    http://www.airlink101.com/products/awlh6080.php (unless its fine to use for 7, since it works for vista)

    I need an extended antenna, since I am far off from the router. My comp is on the ground, and having the antenna up high helps.
    Is there a difference in USB vs. PCI?

    Ones I have looked at, but would like advice - or if there is a better one suited for me.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166046 (usb?)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833106135
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833114086
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833320173 (very pricey)

    Thank you!

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    Id go with the intel one, i dont trust USB wireless. Im also not sure a antenna would help, since most times it depends on how strong a signal your modem sends out.

    One without an antenna for 17 bucks:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833166082

    Half the bad reviews are people complaining about windows 8, which wouldnt affect you.

    But if you think a antenna will help go with the intel one you linked.

    One last thing, is there a possibility you can call your cable company to have them install cable in your room? I have charter communications and with a plan called line service (3 bucks a month) you get these things for free. MMO's really are not good with wireless connections, but you gotta do what you gotta do and i get that.

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    good grief, wireless and then a suggestion to get a cable installed in your room, holy crap, sweet jesus, no no no no no no no no

    go powerline.
    http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA2...ords=powerline

    it uses the electrical wiring in your house as the cables, install one near your router and other right by your pc via ethernet.

    done deal, more people need to know about powerline and use it, get rid of wireless and burn it to the ground

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    While i had no idea that existed why in the world would you say no to asking your cable company to install a wired connection in his room?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorianrage View Post
    good grief, wireless and then a suggestion to get a cable installed in your room, holy crap, sweet jesus, no no no no no no no no

    go powerline.
    http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA2...ords=powerline

    it uses the electrical wiring in your house as the cables, install one near your router and other right by your pc via ethernet.

    done deal, more people need to know about powerline and use it, get rid of wireless and burn it to the ground
    NEver even heard of it, I wish I had...However my new house now has the cable in the office by default so no issue anymore, but this looks a smart buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorianrage View Post
    go powerline.
    http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA2...ords=powerline
    it uses the electrical wiring in your house as the cables, install one near your router and other right by your pc via ethernet.
    done deal, more people need to know about powerline and use it, get rid of wireless and burn it to the ground
    Fascinating... never heard of this before! I'd like to check it out - but not sure if it will work well (I've had power outages that only affected my room, and not the router room). I'll definitely do research, including asking my isp about adding an additional line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorianrage View Post
    good grief, wireless and then a suggestion to get a cable installed in your room, holy crap, sweet jesus, no no no no no no no no

    go powerline.
    http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA2...ords=powerline

    it uses the electrical wiring in your house as the cables, install one near your router and other right by your pc via ethernet.

    done deal, more people need to know about powerline and use it, get rid of wireless and burn it to the ground
    There are some things you need to check to use powerline and it isn't as good as many people say especially in older buildings. It uses the power cables in your house and that's the problem. If you have bad cables (as in older buildings) you can have a bad connection and you'll transform your house into a big electro magnet that can mess up with other electric devices and especially radio communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fascinate View Post
    While i had no idea that existed why in the world would you say no to asking your cable company to install a wired connection in his room?
    nothing bad about another wired connection, just there can be a better option, in this case it well may be.

    also, my house is a old terrace house, these things are pretty old, my connection has been fine for over a year now using the same set of powerline kit i bought, well worth it, the only time my net goes, if the whole net goes.

    also, its not about the speed, the most important thing people should care about is stability of the connection, powerline is far more stable then any wireless there is.

    once my powerline was up and running, and i kid you not, i instantly threw my wireless adapter at a random direction outside, this shit needs to die and powerline to take over.

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    No one is arguing powerline>wireless (did some research about it after you linked it) but the way you put your comments earlier made it look like you were saying powerline>wired as well, which isnt even close to true.

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    if its bad for older buildings - I may pass. The house I am in was built 1977, unless you mean even older than that. Though I suppose it depends on the cables more so.
    Last edited by RemJay24; 2013-12-30 at 02:18 AM.

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    I don't think 1977 could be classed as old, if it is, then that makes me quite old :S I would have thought most people think of the earyl 1900s and below as old as this is when electricity was still in its infancy, the 70's defintely not :P.

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    my house is even older than that...
    seriously, the chances of it not working is extremely slim, ive even moved house, still a old house.
    seriously just try it, but if your house has bad cables to start with, i might get that looked into just in general if im honest as just OT advice :P

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    I ended up purchasing the suggested Powerline adapter, got it in the mail today and its AMAZING. Only been hooked up for a few hours, so I cannot comment on its longevity, but its increased my Mbps by 10, in comparison to my wireless. Both adapters are plugged directly into the wall. according to speedtest.net, there was some slow down when I connected both adapters into extension cords/power strips. Even when I tested plugging them into my power strips, it was STILL faster than my wireless.

    I even tried to "stress test" it, by turning on my portable heater, dryer and oven. Nothing changed, same speed.

    This is wonderful! I always had an internet spike every minute with my wireless/vista and always had to turn on a program (Vista Anti-Lag) to prevent these spikes. Or I had to fiddle with some settings in my router to fix odd problems with upload speeds. And that wireless antenna taped to my dresser to get better reception... gone!

    The only complaint I have is how easy it was for me to lose signal when barely touching the adapter when it was plugged in. Slight wiggling of the adapter, and all 3 green lights would turn off (thus preventing a connection). But a little bit of desk moving and some taped - are holding them in place.

    So far so good! Thanks again.

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    Yeah I was going to suggest powerline bridge aswell. The only ones I've seen that claim to be able to work while plugged into a surge protector are Monster branded powerline bridges but they are pricey. Most usually say to plug it directly into the outlet.

    They also make a MoCa adapter which uses your houses coax lines in the same way a powerline bridge would work. These are good for homes that have multiple breaker panels typically if one room is on the main panel and the other is on the secondary panel the powerline bridge doesnt work.

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