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Old 06-19-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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i just moved my PC downstairs and the USB card is slow as hell (used to use wired Ethernet), slower than the 6-yr old laptop's card. so i was wondering if a PCI card (with the same specs) will be any faster. thanks in advance.

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Old 06-21-2008, 05:11 PM   #2
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Please supply the following info, exact make and models of the equipment please.

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sorry... i don't really have a problem with anything in particular; I just want something like a head to head comparison of the 2 different types of cards. prehaps this is the wrong forum? if so, can someone move it to the appropriate on please?
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Generally PCI wireless is head-over-heels superior to USB. However with that said, it really does depend on the make and model of each. If you can give us the make and model of both the PCI card and USB dongle, we can give you a fair assessment.
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I agree, I prefer PCI adapters in almost every case. USB is problematic for networking, since many times other USB drivers seem to conflict with the NIC. Also, there is a fairly high CPU load for heavy traffic on a USB link, since the bytes are all handled using programmed I/O, not DMA like disks and Firewire.
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And to pick up on the most obvious problem here, you have moved you actual pc further away from the wireless internet yes? If so, then the further away you are, the slower and more problematic your internet connection will become.

I agree a PCI card will be better in this situation though, as they have independant aerials which should pick up the signal better.
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it IS farther away, but the thing is that the card on the old laptop (PC card) works perfectly and quickly. So i don't think physical distance is too much of a factor here.
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Yes but a laptop has a better wireless facility than a USB dongle. Go for a new PCI wireless card. ($20)
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it was an external card in the PC card slot. thanks, though.

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