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PCI Network Adapter cards

by RadicalRik / April 4, 2008 6:59 AM PDT

We are hopefuly going to be getting High-Speed DSL within the month from Embarq, our phone company. They use a 2Wire Home Portal gateway router which they charge $149.00 for, then give you $100.00 off, so basically theyll chargeme $49.

However, they do charge big-time for the computer network adapters. They sell Linksys PCI network adapter cards for about $50. I know I can find my own way cheaper.

We have two desktops in the house that will be using the router. Mine will be hard-wired using a PCI card and my brother's upstairs will have to use a wireless PCI card.

Question 1.) To match up with their 2Wire device do we HAVE to use Linksys PCI devices?

Intel, TRENDnet, D-Link, Intel and MSI all make PCI network adapter cards also. I was leaning towards perhhaps a D-Link or Intel, but they use Bus = "32-bit PCI 2.2" or "32-bit 2.3" I don't think my computer has PCI 2.2. My Everest utility lists (2) PCI, (1) PCI-E x 1 and (1) PCI-E x 16. It does not list a "PCI 2.2"
I tried reading about PCI and it's designations, but other than "Express" (a wholeother animal) I'm not cclear about PCI differencs. However, I don't want cards that won't fit, not fit, but won't operate.

Question 2.) Should I just go with the more expensive Linksys? It's just plain "32-bit PCI"?

I want them to be compatible with the phone company's device.

Question 3.) What cable do I need to purchase for my hard-wired connection? Is any one better than another?

NOTE: Both desktops are about 2 years old. Both AMD Athlon 64 2.0 GHz & 2.2GHz. Both have PCI dial-up modems that we will replace with network cards. I just want to get the correct ones so we're ready as soon as the 2Wire router box is in the house

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At just 2 years old, ALL PCs I've seen have
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 7:03 AM PDT

Network capability with an ethernet port onboard. It's rare to find a 2 year old system without. Maybe if you could supply some make and model numbers for those computers we can look for you.

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Re: Computer models
by RadicalRik / April 4, 2008 7:30 AM PDT

1.) Aspire AST-180 AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors. Windows XP Media Center SP-2
Network card removed and replaced with pCI dial-up modem.
That "upstairs" computer needs a "wireless" PCI network adapter card.

1.) ABS Awesome AMD Athlon 64 2.0 GB 3200 Windows XP Media Center SP-2.
Never had a network card...just a PCI dial-up modem.

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In a nutshell. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2008 8:53 AM PDT
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Add a wireless PCI card to one and a wired NIC to the other. Plug and play. Since network adapters are an industry standard, use the one you wish. I'm partial to D-link. Of the two mentioned above, only the wireless will need to have it's software installed.

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Use the network card it came with.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 9:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Computer models

You don't need to stick with their brandname. And same for the other, install the make and model you can get cheap.

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PS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2008 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Computer models

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