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Old 05-29-2020, 07:03 AM   #1
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Hi! I want to set up a wifi connection on my desktop using a dongle. My computer has 2.0 usb connections, and I see the dongles are 3.0. I want the 3.0 speed. Will a USB hub fit my needs, or do I have to use a Pci-e card? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi I would think a PCIE WiFi card would be better as it goes directly on the motherboard
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Hi! I want to set up a wifi connection on my desktop using a dongle. My computer has 2.0 usb connections, and I see the dongles are 3.0. I want the 3.0 speed. Will a USB hub fit my needs, or do I have to use a Pci-e card? Any and all responses will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
With the wifi dongle (USB).....it's strictly a receiver is has nothing to do with the standard PC USB 2.0/3.0 data speed. The wifi dongle has a wifi speed only and that determines data transfer speed of the wifi signal. Those standards are G/N/AC and so on....see link.

https://www.networkworld.com/article...explained.html
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Thanks for the responses. I'm planning to play poker online and they only let you connect with wifi so they can determine if you are legally in their license area. My connection to the internet is wired, and I'm going to disconnect the wifi whenever I'm not playing poker. The dongles I've looked at are 3.0, and as I said I want the faster connection than 2.0. Will the hub satisfy my need as it uses the 3.0 speed? The router I'm using is a Linksys E1200. Thanks.
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I figured out that a usb hub really wouldn't work as I'd be plugging it into a usb 2.0 port. I'm going to try a dongle in the usb 2.0 port and see how it works. If I don't like the speed and connectivity, I'll get a pci-e card. Thanks.
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I figured out that a usb hub really wouldn't work as I'd be plugging it into a usb 2.0 port. I'm going to try a dongle in the usb 2.0 port and see how it works. If I don't like the speed and connectivity, I'll get a pci-e card. Thanks.
You're missing the point....it's not USB dongle or PCie card.....it's the signal speed of said device. USB or PCI are just the connection type to the PC. You have to check out the devices specs for speed type.

You need to find out what your router is using then match either a USB or PCI card with same speed type. Buying either one of those that use AC and your router uses N....you're wasting your money.
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Your router does 300mbps max and a USB 2.0 300mbps mini wifi adapter/dongle will work just fine. You don't need a USB 3.x adapter. Also, your actual internet speeds will depend on the plan you're paying for.
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I am getting 31 mbps on a simple wifi usb adapter that says Cisco on it.
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