What would get better reception, the internal module or an external pc card?
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9/7/03 at 6:33pm
|Originally posted by ryanniedz
I use the wrt54G router from linksys and in my experience the thing goes far. I used the connection upstairs (while the base is downstairs) and I have used it in my back yard (the base is closer to the front of the house). Signla strength was not always great, but at 54 mbits, you dont really need 100% signal to max out your conenction speed. I got about 300 ft from the base before it refused to pick up the signal. Im estimating here because i was driving up the street real slow and just waited for it to go out.
I would go with external if you're looking for the g connection as i dont think they make internal yet. But once they do, internal would be the way to go because the antenna spans the entire screen, not just a little bulge on the side you get with the pcmcia card.
I don't trust signal boosters. I would be too worried of an incompatibility issue. If you find one, make sure it is compatible before using it. Chances are tho that if you get the g wireless, you wont need a booster if you plan on staying inside, unless of course your house is made of iron.
|Originally posted by myrkat
My LINKSYS 54G died - seemingly - a couple weekends ago. Just kept dropping the connection. I'd have one for about 3 minutes, then BAM off. Hadn't changed or did a damn thing, no updated drivers anywhere or anykind, just no more signal.
Pissed me off, as I couldn't play DesertCombat for more than a minute or so! The connection would come back in 5 min. or so, then drop after 3...
Anyway, long story short, went to BestBuy and bought a D-Link 802.11g router ($89 after rebates) and 802.11g PC Card (diabled my internal antenna when troubleshooting the linksys problems).
Been up ever since and I love having the extra bandwidth (as I serve up files off my fileserver, 802.11b is a dog).
Asking around, several collegues "in the know" do not have good things to say about Linksys products now-a-days (I hope they aren't becoming an iomega...). So I have TWO linksys 54G routers sitting and collecting dust.
Plus the D-LINK pc card has better utility software than the linksys pc card does (wife has a 802.11g linksys pc card) or my came-with-Sager Prism internal card has.
So far so good. I wanted to get a NETGEAR solution, but BestBuy only had an 802.11b netgear box for MORE than the D-Link 802.11g box (before rebates, even!). Anyway, if D-Link fails, it'll be netgear next.