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  1. nate24k

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    Hello, everyone. I was wondering who has the better brand of wifi adapters, or if it really even matters with the adapters? I was thinking of getting a "N900
    WiFi USB Adapter." opions on this brand and adapter?


    Other details: I have a desktop that is operating on Windows 7
     
  2. TerryNet

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    I would trust D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, TP-Link, TrendNet and AirLink101 more than a less well known brand. Belkin equipment is just as good, but in my opinion their quality control is less rigorous so you are more likely to get a poor performing unit.

    When using a USB wireless adapter with a desktop the most important thing in my opinion is its location relative to the router or access point. If plugging it into the desired port will "hide" it from the signal then get one with a cable so that it can be placed more advantageously.
     
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    That's not a brand, that's a description. Basically its a wireless adapter that connects via USB and supports dual band wireless-N speeds up to 900 mbits which really means it does up to 450mbps on 2.4Ghz and up to 450mbps on 5Ghz.
     
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    You often get better speeds if the adapter you use has the same chipset as the router you are using.
     
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    Is there any reason that you feel you need wifi on a desktop computer?

    I used to use USB wifi adapters on my husband's two computers in the basement because I did not want to cut through our oak flooring and plaster walls to run cable. Then I discovered powerline networking. It is a much better solution.

    One unit is plugged in near the router and a short cable goes from the outlet to the router. The other unit is plugged in, in the basement near my husband's computer. (When he had two computers online, I connected a switch into the unit by a 6" CAT cable and then ran longer cables from the switch to his computers.) The wired connection is a bit more secure than the wifi adapters and the speed is better.
     

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    Noted and I edited my post to use the correct terminology. Thanks.
     
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    You're welcome, Liz. :)
     
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