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    Question Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    What is the most trouble free 802.11gn card to use with Win 7 x64? By trouble free, I mean no dropped connections or driver/BSOD issues. Don't need latest and greatest 802.11ac etc.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    I don't think WiFi and Reliable really belong in the same sentence, unless there is an "un" or "not" involved

    You might need to look into proper multi antenna MIMO access points instead of relying on an integrated router solution as well if you really need to stick with WiFi, and preferably use 5GHz rather than the utterly cluttered 2.4GHz cheap band.

    Or use a 500-AV Powerline adapter, I find them far more stable than WiFi.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Intel would be my choice.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    I don't think WiFi and Reliable really belong in the same sentence, unless there is an "un" or "not" involved

    You might need to look into proper multi antenna MIMO access points instead of relying on an integrated router solution as well if you really need to stick with WiFi, and preferably use 5GHz rather than the utterly cluttered 2.4GHz cheap band.

    Or use a 500-AV Powerline adapter, I find them far more stable than WiFi.
    Powerline isn't an option, must be wifi. I am not looking at integrated router.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0 View Post
    Intel would be my choice.
    Intel should be better than usual cheap cards like Tplink, I was initially looking at the 6205 or variations but there is considerable driver issues according to complaints on Intel forums. The newer 7240 is apparently better but still seems to be problematic.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    I would only go with Intel TBH. Most of the other PCI w-fi cards I've tried have been junk. Mainly due to shoddy drivers :/

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Run an access point in client mode, and connect it to the PC via ethernet cable.

    Part of the problem with WiFi is getting the antennas somewhere with good signal strength, and on the end of a 2m or 3m patch cable you have plenty of freedom to move it around.

    The other problem, well fire up "WiFi Analyser" on Android or whatever your equivalent is on your smartphone/tablet OS, and see exactly how utterly cluttered the airwaves are.

    Why is powerline not an potion? I have 6 of them in the house, which I would have thought was too much but they still work great, far better than WiFi. I have them paired properly so they aren't on the default unencrypted setting.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister View Post
    I would only go with Intel TBH. Most of the other PCI w-fi cards I've tried have been junk. Mainly due to shoddy drivers :/
    Which Intel cards are you running?

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    Run an access point in client mode, and connect it to the PC via ethernet cable.

    Part of the problem with WiFi is getting the antennas somewhere with good signal strength, and on the end of a 2m or 3m patch cable you have plenty of freedom to move it around.

    The other problem, well fire up "WiFi Analyser" on Android or whatever your equivalent is on your smartphone/tablet OS, and see exactly how utterly cluttered the airwaves are.

    Why is powerline not an potion? I have 6 of them in the house, which I would have thought was too much but they still work great, far better than WiFi. I have them paired properly so they aren't on the default unencrypted setting.
    Neither powerline nor client mode are applicable because the host is not wired to begin with.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    mini PCIe/half-min PCIe cards with a PCIe adapter? You have a wide variety of cards available in that case. I am using the Intel AC 7260 at the moment.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonebreaker777 View Post
    mini PCIe/half-min PCIe cards with a PCIe adapter? You have a wide variety of cards available in that case. I am using the Intel AC 7260 at the moment.
    Did you buy all-in-one from Intel or Gigabyte or using generic adapter and antenna? Any driver issues? Does you Bluetooth work?

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Hi there, sorry for the intrusion but could someone check this thread?

    http://forums.hexus.net/networking-b...s-adaptor.html

    I think I need the same thing basically but I'm still not sure. This is the first time I heard about powerline adapters, read a bit just now and I think it could work for me but I would still need some recommendations.

    Thanks for reading and sorry again for thread hijack.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by f350 View Post
    Did you buy all-in-one from Intel or Gigabyte or using generic adapter and antenna? Any driver issues? Does you Bluetooth work?
    I have the Gigabyte one, no driver issues or usage.

    From day 1 used latest Intel drivers, BT works.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by gupsterg View Post
    I have the Gigabyte one, no driver issues or usage.

    From day 1 used latest Intel drivers, BT works.

    At the time £20.49, some owners experience shares in the HUK thread.
    Thanks!
    Even in the short HUKD thread numerous driver issues surface. I would pay the 30 (cheapest price these days) if I knew it would work even though I can't use the latest ac stuff but there are just too many complaints about recent Intel wifi NICs. The earlier 6205/6235 has an even worse reputation.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonebreaker777 View Post
    mini PCIe/half-min PCIe cards with a PCIe adapter? You have a wide variety of cards available in that case. I am using the Intel AC 7260 at the moment.
    That's the way to go in my opinion. The Intel 5300/7260 mini PCIe cards in my laptops and desktops have been absolutely problem free.

    Quote Originally Posted by f350 View Post
    Did you buy all-in-one from Intel or Gigabyte or using generic adapter and antenna? Any driver issues? Does you Bluetooth work?
    For the desktops I use the no-name generic £7 ebay PCIe adapters with three 3dB antennas sticking out the back.

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    Re: Most reliable PCI-E wifi card?

    I have a Intel-AC 7260 and doesn't have the slightest issue. Either in a PCIe adapter or mini PCIe slot.

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