Solved Which's better internal Wireless Card or USB Wireless Dongle

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March 7, 2013 at 07:41:17
Specs: Windows 7, AMD A8-3850 Quad Core APU @2.9Ghz/Core
I need to put a wireless card in my desktop. But I wanted to know, what is a better option? An internal Wireless Card, or just a USB Wireless Dongle. I have used a Netgear N 300 USB dongle for other stuff and it has worked beautifully. But there have been signal issues at times. Would an Internal Wireless card have a stronger signal? I like the convenience of the USB adapter, as I can take it out and use it on Test systems when necessary.

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March 7, 2013 at 11:57:13
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A USB wireless adapter can be better positioned for the best chance of a good signal compared to a wireless card which is always going to be nearer to the floor in the computer case. Higher is better, so buy a USB wireless adapter that is supplied with a cradle and extension lead (they do exist, I bought one of them very recently).

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March 9, 2013 at 00:05:17
I have used (and still have spare) an extension cable and free-standing antenna that connects to the wireless NIC that rests comfortably in a PCI slot. Positioning of the antenna for best reception above the metal of the case is a simple matter.
Whether to get an internal card with extension antenna, or a USB dongle with extension cord & cradle is a matter of personal preference. My preference is to utilize the PCI slots if available, for "permanent fixtures" such as network cards, and keep USB ports free for other external devices.

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