Adapters for Wireless network

  VNAM75 23:18 01 Aug 2006

Which are better, USB adapters or PCI cards? They cost around the same, USB ones are much smaller, convenient but what are the advantages of using the PCI adapters? Which have better signal strength?

  ade.h 23:37 01 Aug 2006

PCI will always be preferable, not least because it can be used with a desktop antenna. One of the drawbacks is the more limited WPA support at the budget end of the market. I would never use a network without WPA/WPA2.

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  wobblymike 21:36 02 Aug 2006

Totally agree PCI much better

  VNAM75 22:53 02 Aug 2006

Thanks. I was totally set on getting USB for its convenience.

  ade.h 23:02 02 Aug 2006

click here for one very good USB adapter that stands out for desktop use. Comparable in price to a well-specced WPA-compliant PCI card.

  VNAM75 12:18 03 Aug 2006

ade.h what is WPA and is it essential. That card is too expensive; I dont want to spend more than £20 on a card really.

  ade.h 15:12 03 Aug 2006

click here and yes, it is essential really. It's not beyond the wit of a suitably equipped wardriver to crack a WEP network when there are no open networks available.

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