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post #1 of 9
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Hi there!

I'm not 100% sure this this is the right place for this question, and I apologize if this is out of line. Anyway, I moved my PC upstairs, so I had to get a wifi card. I got this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045

It was the highest rated one on newegg, so it seemed like it should do the trick. It worked fine for a few months, but I'm having a lot of issues with it now. First it was disconnecting like crazy. And now, it's barely pulling any bandwidth, despite having full bars (I can't really stream videos anymore). I played around with settings, drivers, and I even called in one of my tech-savvy buddies. Since, it was only $20 he suggested just getting a new one. That's why I'm here. There are so many out there, and I don't really know the pros and cons of USB vs PCI. I'm basically just using it with my router down stairs, so nothing too fancy. Does anyone have any suggestions on what a good one might be? Price isn't an issue (unless it's ridiculous); I just want something reliable. I have 30Mbps internet, so I don't think that should be an issue for most of them. Thanks.
post #2 of 9
Sounds like it's time for some general troubleshooting. Could be the wireless adapter, the router, or the Internet connection.

First, try turning everything off -- router, modem, etc. and then boot back up. See if that fixes it.

Any chance you or a friend have another computer you can test with to see if it's the router?

To test the quality of the Internet you could also try plugging straight into the modem.

There's a saying -- "check the cheap stuff first.". That's usually the cables, but in this case it could be the card. But it may take some testing to be sure what the issue is.
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by senormano View Post

Sounds like it's time for some general troubleshooting. Could be the wireless adapter, the router, or the Internet connection.
First, try turning everything off -- router, modem, etc. and then boot back up. See if that fixes it.
Any chance you or a friend have another computer you can test with to see if it's the router?
To test the quality of the Internet you could also try plugging straight into the modem.
There's a saying -- "check the cheap stuff first.". That's usually the cables, but in this case it could be the card. But it may take some testing to be sure what the issue is.

Oh yeah, sorry. I did all of the above when I started having issues with it. I've tested my router on 5 different devices (both LAN and wifi), tons of unplugging/replugging, checking modem, router, other devices and restarting, and my PC was the only thing having issues. Also, my friend and I tinkered with the software side. Nothing seemed to help, and the problem would come and go; now it's consistently bad. After a while, it seemed worth it just to get another wifi adapter. I read of a few people having similar problems with it after about the same amount of time. I mean, it's not like it's a video card or something expensive anyway. I've tried everything I can think of, and I'm to the point now where I'm just going to try a new one. The people on this forum always give awesome advice, so I thought I'd ask for a suggestion on a wifi adapter. :-)
post #4 of 9
First two things to look at, are the router & the wifi card, not the Internet connection. You are better in using a A/P upstairs if the signal is not best from the router. As for the antenna on that card, if the PC is shoved into a cabinet, the metal of the chassis for the PC can cause problems. Another thing, run InSSIDer from metageek.net, to see what the SQ is from your router, and if there are any other devices interfering with your signal.

Personally, there is too much junk out there badged as Internet devices.
post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post

First two things to look at, are the router & the wifi card, not the Internet connection. You are better in using a A/P upstairs if the signal is not best from the router. As for the antenna on that card, if the PC is shoved into a cabinet, the metal of the chassis for the PC can cause problems. Another thing, run InSSIDer from metageek.net, to see what the SQ is from your router, and if there are any other devices interfering with your signal.
Personally, there is too much junk out there badged as Internet devices.

Thanks for the suggestion. I downloaded inSSIDer, but I'm not exactly sure what you mean by SQ. Is that like the Q value, like attenuation? That graph displays my router, and the ones around mine. It showed that several of the other routers were on the same channel, so I changed mine from 'auto' to something that was different that the others. It actually seemed to help, but not much. Though, that might also be a coincidence.
post #6 of 9
SQ=Signal Quality. Yes changing channels to something that is not heavily saturated around it helps. If you go through and uncheck anything that is greater than -90db, it will allow you to see those in close proximity of where you are, and allow you to find the "sweet spot". Some routers are good at picking the right channel, then there are those that can not see the forest for the trees, and will pick anything, usually what the manufacturer defaults the channel to be, regardless of anything else taking up that airspace.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
A friend of mine got fed up with the wifi situation for the PC and ended up getting a secondary router to act as a bridge. That's what he suggested that I do. I've had an Airport Extreme for about three years now, and it's served me quite well. Perhaps I'll just pick up an Airport Express tomorrow.
post #8 of 9
blognorg, try it and see what happens. Only other thing, would be to use a wifi adapter, that would allow you to get the antenna out from behind the PC, and be able to place it up higher on the wall for better range.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
I actually ended up getting an Airport Express, and it is awesome. It was a little more expensive than simply getting a wifi card, but it seems to be much better. Thanks for all of your input, but I ultimately just got tired of monkeying around with my adapter. I might have been able to trouble-shoot it with your help, but I'm pretty happy with my decision so far. Plus, a friend of mine needs a wifi solution for his PC, so maybe he can get some use out of it. Anyway, thanks again, AVS community!
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