Some questions about going wireless

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by pooksahib, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. pooksahib

    pooksahib MDL Junior Member

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    Hi. I'm considering making my desktop PC 'wireless' but only because I want to have Internet Radio in another room. I've done some research and now have a few questions:

    I'd prefer a 'gateway' rather than a separate modem and router. Is any particular brand a recognised 'leader'? Does anyone recommend a particular brand?

    Is 802.11n essential or will 802.11g suffice?

    I'll need a network adapter. Which is best - USB type or a card that slots into the PC?

    Final question. Can a gateways operate both wired and wirelessly? I.e. could I (for arguments sake) still have my PC wired and the Internet radio wireless?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. vistadude

    vistadude MDL Member

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    Wired is much faster and tons more reliable than wireless. Luckily, all wireless routers also have wired ports. Most have 4 wired ports and allow many wireless devices to be connected. Linksys and netgear are the typical popular brands, although any router will do.

    Wireless N is faster than wireless G, but right now few devices actually use the faster specification. Right now the prices for wireless G are a bit cheaper for the cards and routers, and I would suggest wireless G for now unless you're doing a lot of file transfer between computers.
     
  3. rupconat

    rupconat MDL Novice

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    Hi. I'm considering making my desktop PC 'wireless' but only because I want to have Internet Radio in another room. I've done some research and now have a few questions:
     
  4. pooksahib

    pooksahib MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks, vistadude.
     
  5. vistadude

    vistadude MDL Member

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    Oh sorry I thought the radio is wireless and you wanted to keep the desktop wired. If you want to make the desktop wireless, I would recommend an intel pci card. Intel comes with better wi-fi software than windows xp/vista default software.
     
  6. pooksahib

    pooksahib MDL Junior Member

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    No, you were right the first time. I'm happy with a wired desktop but, because I want better radio facilities in the kitchen, I'm looking to put an Internet Radio there and that will have to be 'wireless'. (A wireless wireless. Hmm...)