Wireless-N PCI vs. USB - Which is better ?

August 11, 2010 at 07:08:31
Specs: Windows 7/64 Bit
Adding Wireless N to a new desktop and see a lot of USB options.

How do they compare to PCI cards these days ?

I assumed USB was just for the temporary situation or last minute "simple" install.... but that PCI was a better, faster option.

And I may be very wrong.

Any help... appreciated.
Thank you.

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August 11, 2010 at 07:46:24
USB and PCI were created for different purposes so no direct comparison is possible. Neither is inherently better than the other. PCI is faster but this will make no difference to a wireless internet connection. However fast your connection is it will still be many times slower than USB.

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August 11, 2010 at 10:49:30
Whithout the background of your question, there is not really a good answer.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!

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August 11, 2010 at 10:58:16
Thank you LMiller....
I understand what you're saying.

So my follow up would be....

If cost isn't an issue, for a stationary desktop machine, only two rooms away from the router, is there any reason to pick one (PCI or USB) over the other ?

Does USB, by nature, use more CPU resources?

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December 27, 2010 at 15:26:12
LMiller7, don't pretend like you designed PCI or USB.

Paulsep, you could take just a moment to figure out what the original question is.

Guys, it is very simple. If you had a PC with no WiFI and both USB ports and PCI slots, would you spend, say, $20 on a USB adapter or $40 on a PCI adapter. And you can't say 'it depends on your budget.' What are the tradeoffs?

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December 27, 2010 at 18:09:50
My personal preference would be for PCI for three reasons unrelated to the performance characteristics of either. 1. It is too easy for someone to accidentally dislodge a USB device and since there is a 5V power supply in the port the dongle might suffer electrical damage in doing so.
2. It is too easy for someone to 5 finger discount a small USB plugin.
3. Using a PCI card leaves your USB ports free for other transitory device connections such as printers, cameras,phones, game controllers, bluetooth dongles, external drives, memory sticks etc.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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