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Just get the wireless internal card
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
While an internal wireless card would be the most straight forward, there is also the dongle to consider: a usb device which acts as a wireless card. I have two or three myself. While my particular dongles use a proprietary software driver (not always a bad thing), there are more mainstream ones which are cheaper than internal wireless cards, easier to install (you plug it in the back of your computer into a USB port and it works, no fuss), very portable, and typically unless you go with a strange brand, they are reliable and simplistic enough to use.
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If you expect to connect from a distance (say, beyond 30 feet indoors with walls inbetween) you may wish to get a model which has a stick-out antenna, of which there are several. Some dongles should work with the wireless networking provided in Windows while others use their own software drivers. Personally I find Windows to be a pain to configure and keep stable, so a third party driver for the dongle is not a bad thing necessarily.
While shopping, be sure to read the specifications. Getting a dongle which supports encryption such as WPA and WEP, as well as can use 802.11b/g/n, different Wifi channels, etc is important as you never know what you will want or need to connect to. If you change computers you wouldn't have to worry about whether or not the card is compatible so long as the OS is completable.
Specifically dongles like the Rosewill RNX-N100 and RNX-G1W provide a wide range of capabilities if you need them, are cheap, quick and easy. I do not endorse Rosewill directly, but I have experience with Rosewill. Both models work with XP and Vista 32/64bit, as well as Mac OS 10 and above for the N100.
These are merely options that I can propose. Shop around for different brands if you can, or go to a local PC hardware store and pick a wifi dongle out. Remember that if it doesn't work, you should be able to return it. Newegg offers 30 day return for refund and 1 year for replacement on many items. Your local shops may also accept returns. Depending on the brand and model, it may come with a manufacturer's warranty.
Hope this helps and please rate.
Posted on Dec 16, 2008
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