cynan wrote:It seems that customer reviews of these things (PCIe wireless N adapters) can be very hit or miss. I think this might have to do with the fact that even though wireless N has a greater advertised range and speeds, the protocol itself can be more finicky with interference/obstacles causing more dropped/intermittent connections to the router on average.
The one design "flaw" with these PCIe N adapter cards is that the antennae are positioned so they stick out of the back of a (normally) mostly steel PC case, and therefore are likely prone to shielding. As a result, I've heard people report better luck (more consistent connections) with the recent wireless N USB dongles than the PCIe cards.
In light of this, I'd recommend looking at something like the Trendnet TL-WN822N. You get a beefier antenna then what normally comes with a USB dongle, yet you can use a rear USB port and have more placement flexibility to get the best signal possible. Plus, you don't end up using up a PCIe slot.
There's nothing wrong with "antennas sticking out of the back of a steel PC case" - I have P183 case (with its left side "parallel" to the router, located couple of rooms away from it) and I have 0 issues with signal strength (I always have "full bars"). You just have to make sure the card comes with good antennas - the one I have has 5 dBi antennas included, which are better (yes, I've tested it) than the 2-3 dBi "stubs" that come with majority of cards
Ryu Connor wrote:I prefer bridges since they don't require drivers and are cross platform. The Asus in question is also a three radio (450mbps) design!
Figured I'd toss the option out there, but apparently late to the party.
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