PCI Wireless for £18+ or USB for £10+

    Just looking for advice, bought a Dell Vostro last week, however I opted not to pay £50 for an internal WiFi card. I guess I'm not in the minority in that respect.

    I have been looking at the following alternatives and would welcome advice from those more versed. Would also welcome any alternatives if they can be suggested.

    Obviously there are benefits to both, just wondering if there is a significant difference using an internal PCI card over a USB?

    Links in second post.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Sitecom Wireless 300N Dualband USB Adapter X2 - £15 delivered…rid

    Optimal Performance - 300 Mbps speed on both frequencies
    Two 2.4Ghz and two 5 Ghz Internal High Performance Antennas to strenghten the wireless network
    Can be connected at the 2.4 Ghz or 5 Ghz wireless frequency
    The 5 Ghz band is Ideal for downloading, streaming and time sensitive traffic
    10 year manufacturer warranty
    The USB adapter can transmit signals on the 2.4 or less crowded 5 Ghz frequency which offers optimal wireless performances for time sensitive traffic without any audio or video interference.
    With the WPS hard button, you can establish a secure wireless connection with just the push of a button.

    Best Value Wireless 802.11n USB Adaptor 300Mbps - £10 + delivery…tml

    Complies with wireless IEEE802.11b/g and IEEE802.11n standards
    Increases wireless coverage 4 times further
    Includes multi-language setup wizard
    Supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption and software WPS button


    TP Link WN851N - About £18 delivered…rid

    The TL-WN851N Wireless N PCI Adapter complies with IEEE 802.11n (Draft 2.0), IEEE 802.11g, and IEEE 802.11b standards. Wireless transmission rates can reach up to 300Mbps. The PCI card employs MIMO technology and has two external detachable omni directional antennas providing even better wireless performance, transmission rates, stability and coverage. At the same time, CCA technology automatically avoids channel conflicts using its channel selection feature. This product supports 64/128/152-bit WEP encryptions, as well as WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions and mechanisms in addition to the adapter's QSS (Quick Secure Setup) feature, allowing users to quickly and easily configure wireless security. This product can also simultaneously operate bandwidth intensive applications such as voice and video. Applications using a lot of bandwidth that are sensitive to interruptions such as voice and video applications are given priority in order to assure quality. It also works well with other 11g and 11n protocol wireless products.

    Edimax EW-7728In Network adapter - £25ish delivered…tle

    EW-7728In complies with 802.11n draft 2.0, the next generation wireless standard. With the advanced MIMO technology, it can support the data transmission rate 6 times more (up to 300Mbps) and the coverage 3 times more than IEEE 802.11b/g devices. EW-7728In stable wireless connection and high bandwidth enable you enjoying the network applications without any interruption. EW-7728In supports the WPS configuration function. This function provides easy procedures to set up wireless security.

    Can you tell me if I understand correctly - one of these plugged into a PC / laptop will enable you to connect to an existing network even if the PC / laptop has no in-built wi-fi?

    I've got a Netgear router (the standard one that Virgin give you) if that makes any difference.

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    The computer I bought has no wireless capability, these products allow you to connect to a wireless router to allow internet access if your router is wireless capable. I don't know about the Virgin one however I'd be surprised if it wasn't

    The router already connects to a laptop with in-built wi-fi, so I guess it must be okay.

    Is there anywhere I can get one of these (or similar) on high street as I would like on today.


    Can you tell me if I understand correctly - one of these plugged into a … Can you tell me if I understand correctly - one of these plugged into a PC / laptop will enable you to connect to an existing network even if the PC / laptop has no in-built wi-fi?I've got a Netgear router (the standard one that Virgin give you) if that makes any difference.

    The standard modem Virgin give you isn't wireless.

    Original Poster

    Mind if we get this thread back on topic? Just so far we are 8 posts in and nothing about the wireless capability for a Desktop without one.

    I've had USB wireless and now got internal PCI wireless in PC.

    Theirs no real difference signals the same, Speeds the same etc.

    I guess it's a vostro desktop?

    I guess really it comes down to preference, Do you want to use a usb port up?

    Also if you ever change your pc it's easier to have a usb one because you just plug it in.

    I've got a cheap Zyxel pci card and it works very well, I can't really see much advantage buying a branded one over a budget one to be honest, No one's got 300mb broadband at the moment and doubt we will in the near future either.

    "Would also welcome any alternatives if they can be suggested"

    I thought that's what I did?

    Original Poster

    Replied before clicking through to the links. Thought because you mentioned the router it was links to more/the one you had.


    I've used both a PCI wireless and USB wireless card in my desktop and there was no noticeable difference in signal performance although the router isn't that far and the house is good for wifi - it may be different in more marginal situations. I prefer the PCI card as it's a tidier solution rather than having a USB port taken up by a wireless card.


    Original Poster

    I am leaning towards the sitecom via ebay in the end, got it delivered for £15. Seemed to be packed full of lots of jargon.

    Like the idea of flexibility and future proofing the N 300Mbps offers. I think the Vostro is teeming with USB ports so should be OK. Plus my monitor has 3, so should be covered.
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