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Looking for a cheep, good quality usb wifi adapter

by wkw427 / November 14, 2010 7:44 AM PST

I got myself a $10 amazon gift card and fancy getting a usb wifi card that I can plug into my old windows xp machine..
Thing is there are a lot of very similar products listed on amazon and I don't know where to start.
Like these:
http://www.amazon.com/150Mbps-WIFI-WIRELESS-ADAPTER-802-11/dp/B002XGDU9M/ref=sr_1_28?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289775859&sr=1-28
http://www.amazon.com/802-11n-Wireless-Internet-Network-adapter/dp/B003P0VEAC/ref=sr_1_29?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289775859&sr=1-29
http://www.amazon.com/802-11N-USB-AdapterUSB-WIRELESS-Adapter/dp/B003TNMABW/ref=sr_1_31?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289775859&sr=1-31
http://www.amazon.com/External-Antenna-Wireless-802-11G-Network/dp/B0037G2BMY/ref=sr_1_42?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289775859&sr=1-42 This one has an antenna. Whoooo...
http://www.amazon.com/150M-150Mbps-Wireless-Adapter-802-11/dp/B003QN6A2K/ref=sr_1_40?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289775859&sr=1-40 This one is not like the others...

Thing here is.. I don't know what to buy.. I have a laptop that has windows 7 on it and I get five bars in the room where the desktop that will be using it. Thats about it.. I can go a little bit over the $10.. Say, up to $20, but thats it..

Help is appreciated Happy

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Too hard.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 8:06 AM PST

You tried fancy and now I can't click on the links. Try plain such as:

http://www.cnet.com

Works,
Bob

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Wish those were numbered.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 14, 2010 2:30 PM PST
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Item by item.

1. I have that one. No Windows 7 support. And I think it only had 32 bit Vista support. That's why it's cheep.

2. It seems to be the same as item 1.

3. Looks like item 1 but with another chipset.

(I see a trend here.)

4. You may have a winner. Yet another variant but folk report plug and play.

5. This one didn't list Windows 7 32 or 64 bit version support.

If I were to gamble, I'd pick:
http://www.amazon.com/External-Antenna-Wireless-802-11G-Network/dp/B0037G2BMY

Bob

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