Which wireless adapter should I purchase?

#1
I built my new computer and the only thing I need now is a wireless adapter. I have a Linksys N router that is located on the first floor of my house and about 50-80 feet away. Since I can not hard wire with an ethernet cable from my room which is on the second floor, I need a wireless card. I want it to be a N wireless adapter. I found two on new egg, but am still unsure about which I should buy.

Here are the ones I found

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127218&cm_re=802.11n-_-33-127-218-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833315078&cm_re=802.11n-_-33-315-078-_-Product

My computer is running Windows 7 Professional 64bit so I want to make sure that whatever N card I buy is compatible.
 


#2
I'm open to any suggestion, those were just the ones I found at the time.
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#3
According to this the D-Link is not listed yet as Win 7 64 bit compatible http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Details.aspx?type=Hardware&p=D-Link%20DWA-556%20Xtreme%20N%20PCI%20Express%20Desktop%20Wireless%20Network%20Adapter&v=D-Link&uid=DWA-556&pf=3&pi=9&c=Networking&sc=Wireless%20Network%20Cards&os=32-bit
And I can't find a single Edimax card listed anywhere on the Win 7 compatibility pages.
Go here and take a look, depending on the type of slots you have available on your machine, PCI PCIe ect, you choices of draft N cards that are both 64 and 32 bit compatible is slightly limited, looks like card made by Level One, SMC, and TrendWare might be it
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Default.aspx?type=Hardware
 


#4
thanks for the link Trouble. I'm still not sure which one I should buy. any suggestions?
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#5
Maybe someone else. I am always a bit reluctant to make such recommendations since networking and especially wireless networking is so interdependent on a host of different applications, sevices, protocols and technologies...frankly I'm often suprised that it works at all. So if you purchase something, based on my recommendations, and it sucks, I will feel responsible. My experience with Draft N is very limited.
 


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#6
Ha ha thats fine Trouble. Believe me, I know what you are talking about how complex it is. I took my first networking class last semester in college and was surprised about how intricate everything is. What ever suggestion you give me, or anyone else, I will still look it over and get a second opinion on it. I build my first pc just a few days ago and it took me a few months to figure out what I wanted, what worked together, and I basically learned a lot from just researching.

So if anyone has any suggestion on which wireless adapter I should purchase, please let me know.
I am looking for a N that is compatible with Windows 7 Professional 64bit. I have a N Linksys Router.

Oh and another question
Would it be better to purchase a wireless adapter that is PCI or one that is USB?
I would believe that PCI is better for a desktop PC instead of USB, but I have heard that USB is better. Why is that?
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#7
Not a recommendation mind you, but have you done any research on this one http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/Details.aspx?type=Hardware&p=Linksys%20Wireless-N%20PCI%20Adapter%20with%20Dual-Band%20Wireless%20Network%20Adapter&v=Linksys&uid=WMP600N&pf=0&pi=6&c=Networking&sc=Wireless%20Network%20Cards&os=64-bit seems to me that it couldn't hurt to stay with the same manufacturer as your router, then you can direct all your anger with a single phone call to the same support line if things don't work
 


#8
That was the exact one I was looking at earlier today. Sadly they are out of stock on newegg.
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#9
See, and now I feel responsible. I like NewEgg too, but they're not the only fish in the sea. Tiger Direct has it in stock and it's showing about 10 bucks cheaper than NewEgg was listing it.
 


#12
So I heard mixed review about the WMP600N wireless adapter: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/co...etworking&sc=Wireless Network Cards&os=64-bit

Some people say that it does not have a good signal more than 20 feet from the routers and some say that it is great.

My router is a WRT350N Linksys: Newegg.com - LINKSYS WRT350N Draft 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3x, 802.3ab, USB 2.0 Wireless-N Gigabit Router with Storage Link - Wireless Routers
What other wireless adapters work well with this router and Windows 7 64bit?
Right now the Linksys WMP600N wireless adapter is my only option of a N wireless adapter
 


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