Networking & Wireless forum

General discussion

PC Wireless Adapters: External USB vs. Internal Card

by amishsnaik / April 8, 2005 8:26 AM PDT

I seem to have a quandary on my hands. I have bought a new dell computer w/out a wireless card, and am confused as if i should by an external wireless adapter or an internal one. I have asked several people and they seem to have different opinions on what is better (best buy rep, computer store rep, cable guy). What is your guys opinoin? And based on what you guys say, where are some places where i can get a good price on one...or is it just the basics...Best Buy, CompUSA etc. Id appreciate an answer, thanks.

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: PC Wireless Adapters: External USB vs. Internal Card
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: PC Wireless Adapters: External USB vs. Internal Card
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by eric1514 / April 9, 2005 12:40 PM PDT

I bought a D-Link PCI (internal) because I had the room inside the computer and I don't like having things permanantly hanging off the sides of the case. I also still have all my USB ports free.

I followed the directions exactly (install drivers from CD before inserting card) and it has worked flawlessly ever since. $30 after rebate at Officemax, and they did send me my check.

Good Luck,

Collapse -
Agreed. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 10, 2005 8:33 AM PDT
In reply to: USB or PCI

Put it on the inside, leave the outside clean.

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
Laptops 20,090 discussions
Security 30,722 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
Phones 16,252 discussions
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions


Enter for your chance to win* a game hardware bundle

One lucky winner will walk away with a gaming monitor, keyboard and mouse. Two lucky runners-up will score a gaming headset.