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Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:59 am

Almost have all the parts of my new desktop delivered, but I just realized I need a wireless NIC. I don't see NICs or USB wireless adapters talked about much, but does anyone have a recommendation for one? Since there's so little written about any of these my default is an Intel-branded Wireless-AC 7260 card, since that's what's in all the latest and greatest laptops, but I want something that performs well and is reliable -- preferably more reliable than the Netgear USB wireless adapter I currently have that drops the signal whenever it feels like it.

So, any recommendations for a good NIC card?
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:13 am

FireGryphon wrote:Almost have all the parts of my new desktop delivered, but I just realized I need a wireless NIC. I don't see NICs or USB wireless adapters talked about much, but does anyone have a recommendation for one? Since there's so little written about any of these my default is an Intel-branded Wireless-AC 7260 card, since that's what's in all the latest and greatest laptops, but I want something that performs well and is reliable -- preferably more reliable than the Netgear USB wireless adapter I currently have that drops the signal whenever it feels like it.

So, any recommendations for a good NIC card?

That's my recommendation.

I always wanted one with the antennas away from the box, never did pick one up though.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:17 am

You can't go far wrong with an Intel NIC.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:42 am

bthylafh wrote:You can't go far wrong with an Intel NIC.

Sine 3Com went out, Intel is my gold standard.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:52 am

Captain Ned wrote:Since 3Com went out, Intel is my gold standard.

I haven't really cared much for my Desktop CT, but was never bothered enough to replace it.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:43 am

My recommendation is to avoid wireless and go wired on a desktop.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:51 am

This is for a desktop? In that case, I'd go with a Mini-PCIe to PCIe adaptor like this and an Intel wireless NIC of some description, maybe a 6250 or 6300

I've tried other PCIe wireless cards, they've all been based on Realtek chipsets and were universally crap.

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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:58 am

Savyg wrote:I haven't really cared much for my Desktop CT, but was never bothered enough to replace it.

And that's what I want from a desktop NIC, namely install it and forget about it.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:39 am

Captain Ned wrote:And that's what I want from a desktop NIC, namely install it and forget about it.

What I want from a desktop NIC is for the one built into the motherboard to not die, but I guess that's too much to ask :lol:

The one on my DX58SO actually seemed better for casual usage.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:14 pm

These are all good choices. Like most others have said, I like ethernet for desktops if at all possible.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:45 pm

Wired is the way to go, if you can. Otherwise, Intel or re-purpose a router as a bridge.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:47 pm

Interestingly the PHY on the other end is HIGHLY likely to be Broadcom. I'm not aware of any devices on the other end that use Intel.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:55 pm

Savyg wrote:
Captain Ned wrote:And that's what I want from a desktop NIC, namely install it and forget about it.

What I want from a desktop NIC is for the one built into the motherboard to not die, but I guess that's too much to ask :lol:


I haven't had one die on me in years. (Granted if it is not a intel NIC built onboard I usually disable the onboard and slap in an intel NIC right off the bat).
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:05 pm

Savyg wrote:What I want from a desktop NIC is for the one built into the motherboard to not die, but I guess that's too much to ask :lol:

I haven't had that happen in quite a few years. If they're dying on a frequent basis I think you've got other issues.

I think I'd be happy if Realtek would just stop releasing tweaked versions of their NICs that subtly break the default Linux Realtek NIC driver. I've got a couple of Ubuntu boxes where I need to run a script to recompile and reinstall the NIC driver (from Realtek's source tarball) whenever the Linux kernel gets updated. It gets old.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:42 pm

just brew it! wrote:I haven't had that happen in quite a few years. If they're dying on a frequent basis I think you've got other issues.

I don't build new systems very often. It's happened something like two or three times out of six systems since the Athlon 600 days.

Plan to put protection on my next boxes networking heh.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:50 pm

just brew it! wrote:I think I'd be happy if Realtek would just stop releasing tweaked versions of their NICs that subtly break the default Linux Realtek NIC driver. I've got a couple of Ubuntu boxes where I need to run a script to recompile and reinstall the NIC driver (from Realtek's source tarball) whenever the Linux kernel gets updated. It gets old.


Ideally I would like them to commit right to the kernel. If there is a Realtek driver in the kernel, usually the jumbo frame support is missing and can only be brought back using their tarballs.
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Re: Oops, need a NIC recommendation

Postposted on Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:54 pm

If you're looking to save cash, I've done well with Monoprice's wireless adapters. (Although I've only used the USB dongle, never use internal ones.) The only caveat seems to be lack of Linux kernel support, but they do include a disk with a driver on them. Still haven't tried it out there. If lack of more universal drivers is an issue, I wouldn't recommend them anyway, although that may improve over time.
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