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Steve Stombaugh (IND)
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Wireless PC adapter
      01/21/07 10:37 AM

I have moved my main computer out of the room that had a hard-wired cable to the other computer. I can put the DSL router at one of the computers, but I don't want to run wires, so I'm going to run one of the PC's via wireless.

I've been looking at wireless adapters, and there are a plethora. Obviously, I want something that does 802.11g (I'm running a 2wire DSL wireless router), but I'm having trouble deciding between a PCI adapter or a usb-adapter. Certainly, the usb seems easier, less removing the case, etc.

So, assuming I go with usb, what about the various styles? Some, like the Linksys, have some size to them, with an external antenna. A lot are like a thumb-drive, just a small pocket-knife sized device. Some of those go in a holder, with an external antenna.

Then we go to price. Some run as much as a hundred bucks, down to $9.99 at Fry's.

Oh, the other thing... My PC is on the ground floor, at one end of the house - the kid's PC is upstairs, other end of the house. I like having the router near my PC, so I can see if the idiot lights flash. But, with the wireless, am I better to have the router upstairs, for better reception?

Geesh.

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