PCI or USB Wireless?

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  1. JOD8FY macrumors 6502a

    JOD8FY

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've recently bought an Airport Express and have been very happy with it. However, I have two computers that I need to have connected to the internet (one PC and one Mac) that are on opposite sides of my house. I plan to put the AEx somewhere in the middle of my house so that they can both receive a signal, but my PC does not have any wireless capabilities. I have been trying to decide whether to get a wireless PCI card for it or a USB wireless adapter. Is there a significant difference in speed/distance of signal? The PC will be in the room directly below the AEx, so it should reach, right? I can pick up a USB wireless adapter for cheap, but is it worth spending the extra money on a PCI card?

    Thanks for the info,
    JOD8FY

    P.S. - My house is not made of reinforced steel or anything, just wood :)
     
  2. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I always use the USb ones. They're so much easier to set up. Plug and play...

    Also, the USb ones usually have a few feet or cord, so you can place it where you get the best signal.
     
  3. JOD8FY thread starter macrumors 6502a

    JOD8FY

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    Thanks for the advice. You haven't had any problems with it? What kind did you buy?

    Thanks,
    JOD8FY
     
  4. JOD8FY thread starter macrumors 6502a

    JOD8FY

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    Has anyone else had any experience with USB wireless adapters? Do some work better than others?

    JOD8FY
     

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