Personal computing discussed

Moderators: Flying Fox, Thresher

Darth Gerbil
Topic Author
Posts: 7532
Joined: Sat Apr 24, 2004 7:53 pm
Location: the abyss into which you gaze

Wireless on a mobo

Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:54 pm

Are there any good mobos that have wireless built in, and is it any good?

I ask because my wireless NIC has needed its drivers reinstalled twice in the last three years which is two times more than any other piece of hardware in my system (barring updates, of course). Perhaps built-in wireless cards are more easily managed?
Sheep Rustlers in the sky! <S> Slapt | <S> FUI | Air Warrior II/III
just brew it!
Gold subscriber
Posts: 50054
Joined: Tue Aug 20, 2002 10:51 pm
Location: Somewhere, having a beer

Re: Wireless on a mobo

Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:35 am

It's a pretty rare feature, but it does exist. IIRC a couple of Asus mobos have had it.

But even if you manage to find a mobo with WiFi I would not count on it being any better than a name-brand add-in card though. AFAIK none of the desktop chipsets integrate WiFi, so the mobos that have it are probably using the same wireless chips as the add-in cards, interfaced over the motherboard's internal PCI/PCIe bus. Same chips implies same drivers. Plus you've got sensitive analog/RF electronics directly on the motherboard, where if anything it will be *more* susceptible to interference unless the mobo designer is really careful...

My advice would be to do a little research, and pick up a well-regarded add-in card to replace the one you've got.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
Gerbil In Training
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:00 am
Location: Florida, USA

Re: Wireless on a mobo

Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:07 am

It's a more common feature on smaller boards that have less room for expansion, usually intended for HTPC/streaming usage. These solutions rely on external antennas as well.

As just brew it said, no current x86 desktop chipset supports Wi-Fi natively, so all of these solutions still require drivers at some level. Any differences will depend on what chip is internally used. Most of these chips are interfaced over PCI or PCIe, but to expand on that, some motherboards that feature built-in Wi-Fi do it via an actual Mini-PCIe add-on card anyway.

How do the reviews look for your current card? If it's an older card, it may be a more recent OS-support issue as well. Google for your symptoms using the model number, or just look for a decent new card(or external), as jbi said.

A more direct response is that without knowing your card's model number, there isn't much anyone can say as to if any Mobo + Wi-Fi would suit you better.
Gold subscriber
Gerbil God
Posts: 17795
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2002 7:00 pm
Location: The Heart of Dixie

Re: Wireless on a mobo

Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:13 am

Here's a driverless WiFi solution for your desktop PC: ... MB&cat=157
i7-8700K, H100i v2, RoG Strix Z370-G Gaming, 16 GiB, RX Vega64, 960Pro SSD, 5TB HDD, Define Mini-C, SS-660XP2, C32HG70, RK-9000BR, MX518
Gerbil In Training
Posts: 6
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:00 am
Location: Florida, USA

Re: Wireless on a mobo

Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:15 am

I had completely forgotten about Ethernet -> Wi-Fi bridges.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests