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Wireless USB network adapter for idiots?

So i posted earlier inquiring on what the best is for getting wifi on my laptop without having to refinance my kidney to be able afford a wireless card. so now i'm looking for a "wireless usb network adapter", which to me doesn't have a very far off definition than some complicated medical terminology.


point is, i know what i'm looking for, but when i researched it not only did i find hundreds of different models, i became even more confused as to what i need. sigh. i just want my limewire not to take a whole weekend to DL one song! i just wanna watch my ABC shows while not having to hold the computer upside down half out the window to catch my neighbor's signal! so. please someone talk to me like the idiot that i am and tell me in the simplest way where to find  a wireless USB network adapter and how i go about finding a provider.


thank you!!


helpless and hopeless

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To bad I didn't see this several months ago as I would have recommended my favorite, the D-link DWA-130. It is much superior to the Linksys and NetGear comparable units and much cheaper too. You might ask how you can get superior quality and price. Let's just say I have been using the DWA-130 for almost a year now here in Korea with it stuck out on a pole in summer time, winter time, and rain time i.e. with a plastic bag taped around it, and it consistently gives great speeds and connections compared to another unit I also have which is the Linksys WUSB600N. Very poor quality unit I must say. The signal strength of the Dlink unit is almost twice as great as the Linksys unit and the driver is much more configurable then is the LInksys unit.

Posted on May 26, 2008



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Yes well, I went down to the local catalogue shop and paid 5 pounds for a belkin USB wireless adapter, which works just fine. In fact it has an extension lead so u can dangle it out of windows if yr inclined..
If you're at all naive, and downloading from limewire etc, (both of which u claim), it's likely that your computer is already riddled with spyware viruses which mostly report back to whoever about your online habits and consumer preferences. These are invisible to the punter but will have slowed your machine down to an annoying crawl, yes? Get professional help.
The english are remarkably blase about wireless and its security risks, but these days happily most wireless units are supplied with default WEP passwords. The wireless unit should not however broadcast its name to the world at large as most are wont to. This is unnecessary and a beacon to hackers.

Posted on Jan 20, 2008



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Here is one I use for my Desktop to acces my router, it works good for me. It all depends on how far the router is from your adapter etc...

Heres is the latest one from linksys:

Here is a lower model, but its what I use for my desktop:

Heres that one above from walmart:

and a list of them here:

Posted on Oct 18, 2007

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