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#783419 - 5th Apr 2013 8:35pm wireless conection
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Hi guys just wondering best way to connect my PC to a wireless router . router is upstairs and i want PC down stairs looking on eBay etc dongles seem OK but somehow seem too cheap ! any advise .welcome tried to PM "THE DR" but box full .
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#783420 - 5th Apr 2013 8:41pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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PCI cards are FAR better than dongles for wireless connections.

You can always use the adapters than run the signal through your mains wiring, and these are faster than wireless, but can be quite expensive.

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#783422 - 5th Apr 2013 8:54pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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I used a PCI card for ages any had no issues
just checked cost now 19.99

http://www.maplin.co.uk/networking/wireless/wireless-cards-pci-and-pci-express, just slots in and your away

Also used the mains as a link again worked perfect about 60 same page as above follow extenders
PCI looks best
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#783427 - 5th Apr 2013 9:09pm Re: wireless conection [Re: TheDr]
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Originally Posted By: TheDr
PCI cards are FAR better than dongles for wireless connections.

You can always use the adapters than run the signal through your mains wiring, and these are faster than wireless, but can be quite expensive.


It is all above my head do you keep what i need in the shop I could call in tomorrow . have a chat !
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#783429 - 5th Apr 2013 9:12pm Re: wireless conection [Re: troberts]
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#783431 - 5th Apr 2013 9:21pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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You could buy IP plugs 29 you plug them into your mains allowing you to keep a reliable strong link. Wireless can be overated in some situations.

Have a look at these powerline adapters.

http://www.ebuyer.com/263575-tp-link-200mbps-powerline-adapter-twin-pack-tl-pa211kit

These are great, ive installed loads of these in homes and businesses with wifi problems.

Hope that helps.
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#783439 - 5th Apr 2013 9:44pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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agree with mark home plugs are best,used loads doin dreamboxes.

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#783465 - 5th Apr 2013 10:38pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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Can't the router go downstairs with the PC?

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#783469 - 5th Apr 2013 11:00pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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Originally Posted By: johncon
Originally Posted By: TheDr
PCI cards are FAR better than dongles for wireless connections.

You can always use the adapters than run the signal through your mains wiring, and these are faster than wireless, but can be quite expensive.


It is all above my head do you keep what i need in the shop I could call in tomorrow . have a chat !


Of course, yes we keep them in, think the PCI wireless cards are about 11, and fitting them is a two minute job so just bring the PC with you and we'll do it whilst you wait.

If you're just using the computer for general use then the wireless cards should be fine, however if you're using it for online gaming the difference in speed between wireless and wired can be noticeable so, as Mark says, the Plugs would be a better (albeit more expensive) option. The cost of the mains plugs varies depending on their speed and if they also rebroadcast the wireless network, so what you are using them for is an important point to consider.

General use and router not too far away - PCI Wireless card
General use and router at limit of range - Add higher db gain aerial
Low end online gaming on a budget - Faster wireless card plus db gain aerial
Online gaming general - Mains adapter plugs
Online gaming heavy - High-End mains adapter plugs
Online gaming nutter - Move PC next to router, use shortest cable possible, overclock the CPU, use your tropical fish tank as the cooling source for your overclocked processor. smile

Yes we have all that (except the fish tank laugh )

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#783493 - 6th Apr 2013 9:14am Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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#783504 - 6th Apr 2013 10:07am Re: wireless conection [Re: TheDr]
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only want basic use not gaming ect . do all Pc's have facility for PCI card?
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#783524 - 6th Apr 2013 12:48pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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Originally Posted By: johncon
only want basic use not gaming ect . do all Pc's have facility for PCI card?


If its just a normally PC then there should be room for a wireless card.

All you need is an empty PCI slot, or are able to remove a PCI card you don't need/use anymore (amazing how many still have modems in).

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#783532 - 6th Apr 2013 1:39pm Re: wireless conection [Re: TheDr]
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Its a Dell optiplex 755 . just checked and it does not have facility for PCI so will have to be a dongle will call in the shop this afternoon
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#783537 - 6th Apr 2013 2:15pm Re: wireless conection [Re: johncon]
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Can you bring the machine with you when you come down.

Most of the 755 will take PCI cards unless its a SFF case in which case they have to be half height.

Might be able to sort something.......if not, dongle it.

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#783762 - 7th Apr 2013 4:41pm Re: wireless conection [Re: TheDr]
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I switched to power line adaptors on mine and have never looked back, I've used pci cards and dongle but with these I had far too many drop outs since I switched to the power line's I don't get any.
The biggest problem with the pci card is it is at the back of the pc and once you put it in an enclosed space you weaken you signal. Hope this helps.
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