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Newly Built Desktop - Want Wifi

by hxcheyo / August 4, 2012 6:34 AM PDT

Hey all,

I'm setting up Blast! Comcast/Xfinity internet (50mb/s) using an SB6120 modem and a linksys E3000 router. I haven't done anything yet, as i haven't received the modem in the mail yet, but i want to be prepared and knowledgeable when it all arrives.

I don't understand networking very well so please be explicit, here are my questions:

I've heard that running this router/modem setup on the N band at 5Ghz provides the best signal strength. How do i configure this? The main goal is to take advantage of as much of the 50mb/s as i can (i know this number is not practical due to overhead estimations etc).

My newly built desktop has one free PCI-E slot (the other is occupied by my EVGA GTX 670) and 1 or 2 PCI slots. What's the best option to give my desktop wifi capabilities (pci card or usb adapter) in order to maximize signal strength? I'm about 10 feet away from the router, a door separates the computer from the router.

IDEALLY i don't want to spend more than $50 on the wireless solution, unless the solution is 100% kick a**.

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Sorry to burst the 5GHz bubble.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2012 6:36 AM PDT
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by hxcheyo / August 4, 2012 6:53 AM PDT

According to the technical specs of my router, it supports dual-bands, which means it broadcasts at 2.4 AND 5. This means there's nothing to configure as far as frequency is concerned, right?

Still need an answer about the N-band thing, whatever that is, and about what wireless adapter (pci, usb, etc) would be best for me.

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I went back to 802.11n at 2.4GHz
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2012 6:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Dual-Band

The bandwidth was more than enough, far more than my internet connection and the better range meant less headaches.

Given that USB and 802.11n are so much faster than your internet connection, can you share why you would need more? And why some 8 buck thing won't do?

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by hxcheyo / August 4, 2012 7:09 AM PDT

I don't know what i need, or why some 8 buck thing would or would not work for me. As i stated originally, i know very little about this so please be explicit.

From the little research i've done, i think i want 802.11g, n seems overkill but i'd like to consider an 802.11n solution anyway as i want to do everything i can to capitalize on the 50mb/s (comcast in this area is notorious for providing barely over half the speed of what you pay for)

I don't know what my router broadcasts in terms of 802.11g or 802.11n, i think i can check

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2012 7:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Ignorance

Here's a thing I carry with me on a call to step in if I suspect the laptop's wifi has failed. No driver install for Windows 7 which means not much to fuss with. It is marked as 802.11g but when I plug it in, it does both N and G. Under 8 bucks.

You can put it on some USB extension cable if you need to move it for better reception and it's under 8 bucks to my mail box.

I'm sure you can pay more but doubtful it will make the internet work any faster.

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by hxcheyo / August 4, 2012 7:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Cheap.

Awesome, the information you provided was very useful. I think i'll look for that adapter elsewhere as the shipping time on that bad boy from amazon is absurd.

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Mine showed up in 2 days.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 4, 2012 7:48 AM PDT
In reply to: Perfect

Amazon Prime here is awesome fast.

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