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    Question Which wireless card should I get?

    Morning all!

    I'm trying to choose a wireless card - from Scan if possible. I need one that will work from one end of my garden to the other (and through two walls) and that's about 50m I think. I also need speeds that will make CS Source and other online games work normally.

    I also have a BT Home Hub and it's rubbish - I mean RUBBISH! It keeps losing connection randomly! Any advise on how to fix this? Can I add a router or amplifier or something? (I don't really have a clue!)

    Any help would be great.

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    To get through 50m and two walls (assuming they're proper ones) then I think you'd best go for 802.11n-draft standard kit - you'll need both a router and a wireless card that meet that specification.

    It might be easier to get a modem-router combo and use that in place of your home hub, otherwise you should be able to connect the draft-n router to the home hub via an ethernet cable and use that to wirlessly transmit to your computer.

    You could get something like this kit:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Netge...Networking-Kit

    plug one into your existing modem/router, and the other into your computer. Or just look at the list of n modem/routers and cards they have at scan.
    Last edited by kalniel; 02-07-2009 at 12:09 PM.

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    Well for gaming i wouldnt use wireless, even the more expensive kit wont give you the stable results your looking for. N is better than G and gives better coverage but its never going to be as stable as an ethernet cable.

    If you only wanted it for indoor use you could use homeplugs, obviously that wont work in the garden

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grymdawg View Post
    Well for gaming i wouldnt use wireless, even the more expensive kit wont give you the stable results your looking for. N is better than G and gives better coverage but its never going to be as stable as an ethernet cable.

    If you only wanted it for indoor use you could use homeplugs, obviously that wont work in the garden
    Unless you need the extra 5ms responsiveness, wireless is fine for gaming. I have a basic router and PCI wireless card and the connection is nothing other than 100% stable. My broadband connection is more flakey. Just avoid USB dongles.

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    Tell me more about homeplugs. What do they do? I'm not going to be in the garden but in a room at the end of the garden - kind of a fancy shed-type thing... (it has plugs)

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    Homeplugs are basically generic plugs with ethernet connectors on, you plug them into your wall and your powerlines are used to route data through them. One plug usually connectors to your router or modem via ethernet and the other plug will connect to your pc. You will need one homeplug for every device you want on the network.

    Just an idea

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    So will the connection speeds be lower with these or the same as ethernet? Because if they are the same then that would be perfect for me - I only have one device far away from the hub and there is mains leading to it... So would i be able to connect the homeplug into the BT Home HUB?

    Scan have some on Today Only: http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=22552
    Any good? They also have another one but I think it only has one end of the homeplug...

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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    Well i have a Belkin Wireless N USB dongle and it works perfectly through two walls and a bathroom and is connected to the BT Home Hub as well, and never had a problem i get like 30-50 ping on games (depending on where they are based obviously)

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222185

    its 29.99 now on a speical deal. it might not be what your looking for but i though it would be a good idea seeing as it works perfectly with the S*** Home Hub
    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post

    with 29 minutes to go the watford dude saved the day!


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    Re: Which wireless card should I get?

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Unless you need the extra 5ms responsiveness, wireless is fine for gaming. I have a basic router and PCI wireless card and the connection is nothing other than 100% stable. My broadband connection is more flakey. Just avoid USB dongles.
    i use wireless usb for gaming, my ping is just as good as when i use cat cable, only a few ms in it. if u have a good usb dongle it works fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by watforddude View Post
    Well i have a Belkin Wireless N USB dongle and it works perfectly through two walls and a bathroom and is connected to the BT Home Hub as well, and never had a problem i get like 30-50 ping on games (depending on where they are based obviously)

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=222185

    its 29.99 now on a speical deal. it might not be what your looking for but i though it would be a good idea seeing as it works perfectly with the S*** Home Hub
    STOOOOOP! DON'T BUY THAT

    try this instead

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edimax-Ew-77...6555547&sr=8-5

    half the price, wireless to N standards, small low profile and works plug n play straight out of box, quick delivery, easy peasy

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