Solved NEED a reliable wireless adapter for windows 7 64-bit

January 31, 2012 at 16:42:57
Specs: Win Vista Ult 64bit, 3.6Ghz - 6Gigs
I'm looking to get the best wireless adapter for my desktop PC. I use it for gaming and I get SO PISSED OFF when I just happen to lose connection or when I plug my phone in the USB my wireless adapter just disappears and I have to restart my computer.

I have a custom computer running windows 7 64-bit. Currently i'm using my mom's old D-link DWA-142 USB adapter. I just moved last month and have looked everywhere to find the best one for windows 7 64 and i cant find a definite answer. (previously i've been using wired but my new place doesn't have that as an option)

i'm connecting to a wireless n WRT160Nv2 which is directly below me on the first floor.

I don't think I'm missing anything but I just now got the time and laziness pushed aside and I'm asking for your help your help! please help me find a wireless adapter that will not lose connection! ALSO, I'm open to USB, PCI or PCI-e, whichever is most reliable!

p.s. i like how the "spelling errors detected" shows that "USB" is spelled incorrectly. really?! this is a computer website and they don't have "USB" in the dictionary?!


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February 1, 2012 at 14:35:57
Double posting in the Windows 7 forum is not required or necessary, the answers above are sufficient.................

Regards adaptor, IMO PCI is better than USB and purchase a product from the same manufacturer as the Router:

http://homestore.cisco.eu/store/cis...



#1
January 31, 2012 at 19:45:25
should i put this in the windows 7 64-bit section maybe??

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#2
February 1, 2012 at 05:18:52
Connecting via wireless to a floor below your always going to be difficult, especially if the floor is concrete or there is any steel in the building. Wireless is a poor substitute for a wired connection when it comes to reliability and performance.

By the way, any spelling checker you are using is your own, either built into the browser or installed separately. It has nothing to do with this site as like most forums, it does not include a spell checker. Most spell checkers do not include every possible abbreviation there is, it is up to you to add it to the dictionary if it is an abbreviation you use often. Believe it or not, not everyone uses USB on a daily basis.

Stuart


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#3
February 1, 2012 at 07:30:07
No matter what you do, wireless sucks completely for gaming. The latency and lag that is inherrent to wireless is the problem.

I'm an avid gamer and a networking professional. I know this from experience. If you can, get a wired connection and you will see an immediate improvement in your gaming.

Some friends and I own a server we have hosted in the US on which we run multiple FPS games. One of our group was having major problems with his gaming experience. In the end, it turns out he was connecting wirelessly to his router which sat on his desk within 3 feet (1 m) of his computer. I told him to disable the wireless interface and plug in with a network cable and see if that didn't improve things. He did and that fixed the issue he was having and he's been happy ever since.

If a wired connection isn't possible in your case, well, that's too bad because you're not going to improve anything by getting a different wireless interface.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
February 1, 2012 at 13:36:03
I do appreciate the help but none of you really answered the underlying question of WHICH one to get.

as mentioned, it's a house, so the floor isn't concrete and i WILL be using wireless as wired is NOT an option.

So i suppose a very simple question for what I need is,"What model of what brand for a wireless adapter capable of being run via USB, PCI or PCI-e would be the most reliable with windows 7 64-bit while it's connecting to a WRT160Nv2 router?"


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#5
February 1, 2012 at 14:06:19
I think Curt R answered the question very well in his last paragraph. One is much the same as another, unreliable and slow.

Stuart


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#6
February 1, 2012 at 14:35:57
✔ Best Answer
Double posting in the Windows 7 forum is not required or necessary, the answers above are sufficient.................

Regards adaptor, IMO PCI is better than USB and purchase a product from the same manufacturer as the Router:

http://homestore.cisco.eu/store/cis...


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#7
February 1, 2012 at 16:49:51
you'd think maybe people more familiar with windows 7 64bit could actually give me specific answers. sure i could take the information saying "they're all the same, buy what you want" but only an uneducated non-thinker would actually take that information into account when purchasing a product.

this website used to be tons more helpful like 4 or 5 years ago but damn, cant even get a straight answer. what does everyone else use? does anyone on this forum use wireless with their windows 7 64bit?! my thread gets deleted in the windows 7 section because someone thinks this should be sufficient but as of yet I havent gotten one goof answer.

post #2: "wireless is a poor substitute for wireless"
so? i have wireless. if you can't help, post somewhere else

post #3: "cant get wired, well too bad. all wireless are the same"
as stated from my above paragraph, this is completely untrue and anyone throwing this sort of information around on a website there to help people honestly shouldn't be here "helping" because what if i just went out and bought a piece of crap one? and it turned out to be a piece of crap? i'd be real mad at these forums and maybe suggest friends to not come here for help to to help.

post #5: "agrees with post 3 about them all being the same"
really people? i mean honestly, do you REALLY think that they're all the same where you can't give me ANY direction at all? "pick one off the shelf". might as well get the $5 one then right? funniest thing about Stuart is that i remember him being much more helpful before but things do change i suppose.

post #6: this was about the only useful thing coming from all of these posts even though I had already heard that (hence why i mentioned my router's model). funny how post 3 and 5 don't make any mention of this bit of information.

Well thanks again Jolicloud for actually giving me something. maybe sometime down the road i might post in the windows 7 forum where people will be more familiar with the potential issues with a 64-bit system and wireless adapter drivers.


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#8
February 1, 2012 at 17:24:46
Wireless has so many pitfalls, and I have undertaken installs where the signal would be hard pressed to go thru 2 walls and 20 feet,

IMO for gaming a Wired Connection is better and where wiring is not feasible use 2000Mbps Homeplugs like:

http://www.ebuyer.com/276602-extra-...


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#9
February 7, 2012 at 20:30:44
those homeplugs seems like an interesting solution! I don't think that's what im going to go for but if i had more time i'd definitely look into it some more. I'll just end up buying some piece of equipment off of newegg and hope that it works for me.

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#10
February 9, 2012 at 12:27:58
Been sick for a couple days and lost track of this. Here's my final comments on the subject.

We're not talking about video cards here dude. We're talking about network interfaces. One is no better than the other in the sense you're thinking of which applies to video cards, but not network interfaces.

100 Mbps is the same regardless of brand name. The same is true for 1000 Mbps.

There's a term frequently used in computing with regard to hardware and it is "Standardization"

Standardization allows for the interoperability of devices regardless of manufacturer. Ergo a D-Link will work with a Linksys and so on ad infinitum. This is irrespective of the operating system be it 32 bit or 64.

You're trying to ascertain if a D-Link (or whatever brand) will outperform a Linksys (or whatever brand name) and it just doesn't work that way for network equipment as it does when comparing video cards or CPU's. Whatever brand you buy is going to work as well as any other comprarable device of the same specs. If you can't figure that out and don't want to believe me there's not much I can do about that.

I'm going to ignore the fact that your response #7 was almost totally childish and rude because I assume you weren't raised any better and therefore don't know any better.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#11
February 9, 2012 at 23:22:24
Thank you for your post Curt.

In response to your last paragraph, i don't remember what i said but obviously i was irritated. I've done a lot of research on this trying to find the right one and i've just heard so many different things that I'm not sure what's better than what for what. in my defense of that post i would like to mention that whether it may be childish or not, it was correct and most of what people told me and referred me to do (using wired when i clearly stated that wired was NOT an option) just frankly got on my nerves.

the reason I come here is because I've used this website VERY frequently many years ago and every once in a while between that time. I trust what people have to say on here and i respect their ideas of when they try to help and that's why i come back. i come back to ask for help, and also to help others though not as much as i used to.

i have heard some contradictory things from your post compared with other things that i've read (64bit vs 32bit). not saying that you do not know what you're talking about, but just from what i've seen.

anyway, thanks again for your insight and i will take much less of a concern with the brand i buy than the reviews that are left on the item


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#12
May 3, 2012 at 11:15:06
I have a "crappy" "cheap" DWA-123 adapter. I bought a much pricier DWA-160 because I feel good knowing the quality of my components is high. Upon installing and testing speed, it is clear my old cheap adapter has more throughput on my network than the newer more expensive one.

Perhaps it doesn't like the older d-link router in the other room? Perhaps this new adapter is too advanced for its own good, in this case?

Standards, yes, but the electronics will be different and how effectively they work. Sensitivity, processing speed, etc. It may look the same (or better!) on paper, but until you put it to the test, it's a complete lottery.


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#13
May 3, 2012 at 12:44:56
Over the last 15+ years I've worked with network interfaces from many varied manufacturers. I'm not going to even try to list them all just suffice it to say 'more than the average user will ever encounter'.

It has been my experience that a decently made product that is up to the present standards is going to be as good as any other of such quality.

As the seller of any product, I can charge whatever I like which is why I always advise anybody, client, friend, family, to shop around and compare prices before buying anything. The exact same product might be $25 in one store and $55 in another. Yet it's the exact same make/model. More expensive doesn't mean better. But a lot of people seem to think that's the case.

Now, as a manufacturer, how much money am I going to make on sales for my product if I advertise it as "An average product built to industry standards that does what it says for a reasonable price" as in comparison to if I advertise it as the "SuperDuper one of a kind never seen before DELUXE that can outperform all other competitors....."

You get the idea. Keep in mind, advertising is designed to suck you in and make you buy a certain product whether it's better than the next one or not. Heck, if I package it right (Shiny bright) and put a half naked woman on it, it will sell and it won't matter if it's two tin cans with a string between them.

I'm a computer technician as well as a network technician. I started on a bench building and troubleshooting systems. I progressed to custom builds, servers, network support, domain administration, laserjet printer troubleshooting and repairs. I've built more systems than you can shake a stick at and I'm telling you, for components like the NIC, there's very little variance in "performance" between brands. This is as true for wireless interfaces as it is for wired.

Keep in mind, you are limited by the media. If I plug a 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC into a Cat5 cable, it's going to get 100 Mbps bandwidth because that's all the media is capable of. If I move it to a Cat5e or Cat6 cable, then I can get 1000 Mbps.

Yoyogang

What happened to you may have nothing to do with the actual adapter. The issue you encountered could be caused by incorrect, old, or corrupt drivers. Did you go to the manufacturer's website and download and install the latest for your device and OS?

Also, your test could have been faulty. If you want true tests, you want to do a point-to-point data transfer with no hops on a LAN. Your best bet for consistent results is to plug two computers in directly NIC to NIC with a crossover cable and then do some transfer tests. If you're doing a "bandwidth speed test" online, well, you're subject to the vagaries of the internet which can cause two different results in back to back tests on the same system. Ergo my recommendation for a closed LAN test.

Standards, yes, but the electronics will be different and how effectively they work. Sensitivity, processing speed, etc.

We're talking about electronics here, not horses or dogs dude. Most manufacturers use electronic components all made by the same manufacturers.

Some even have devices made by one company and it's branded with their name. So you might buy a "Linksys" (for example, I doubt they do this) NIC that was made by D-Link (again, example only) especially for Linksys. You don't think Dell actually makes monitors do you? Heck no, they pay whichever company to make them with the Dell brand on them. The same is especially true for laptops.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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