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Wheely34

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I'll first start out by saying that I need a USB network card for my laptop, and I need one with really good range. I was looking at the wireless Gs with rangebooster, the Wireless G SRX, and the Wireless N.

I have heard that wireless N has some software issues or something like that? But, I'm not sure. And also, with the SRX and N cards...what if you are connected to a standard wireless G or B router, will they perform any better than a wireless G card? I just don't want to over-spend for something that won't be worth the benefit.

I just need a card that has a very good range. What card would everyone recomend?? Thanks.
 
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Pre N won't do any good unless your router is also pre N and from the same vendor. The reason pre N might have problems is becaue is has not been ratified yet (It will be in another couple of years). So, if you stick with a name brand G (such as Linksys, Belken, or D-link) you should be ok.
 

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ok thanks. But for example, how does the Linksys wireless G with rangebooster stack up to the Linksys SRX400? is it worth the extra $$ for the SRX?
 
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I would personally stay away from range booster and stuff like that. I Would buy something that 802.11g compatible. Range booster and stuff like that MIGHT be schemes only incorporated in the particular brand (which may require both end of the wireless network to be of the same brand to enjoy the boosted range). That means, if it is incorporated in one end of the wireless only, it may not be compatible with other end. So, then, it will fall back to standard.
 

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I completely agree with invalidusername and would add that you should look for an adapter to which you can add an external antenna. Then you can get a hi-gain or directional antenna that should work with whatever is at the other end. JohnWill often posts some examples of antennas.
 

Wheely34

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well i decided to look at reviews and the rangebooster diddn't do so well. But, the SRX on the other hand did and ppl said it actually provided a better range than the standard wireless G.

As for the antennas, you're telling me i can buy better antennas for my cards? I know these cards already come with antennas, so what's better about aftermarket ones? are they longer or something? i'll check out some of JohnWill's posts also.
 

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This is just a sample of one manufacturer's offerings, others have similar products.

Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a couple of examples.

Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna
 
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