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PostSubject: Wireless Network Cards For Desktops And Laptops   Wireless Network Cards For Desktops And Laptops EmptyTue Nov 08, 2011 3:43 pm

Don't know what to look for when searching for wireless network cards on the Net? The problem is that if you're not familiar with tech jargon, you won't know the difference from one network card from another. To avoid getting muddled with so many choices of wireless cards out there, start with a set of requirements and eliminate the ones that don't satisfy them. The easiest place to start is deciding how much you're willing to spend on a wireless card. Of course, if you don't know how much they cost to start with, you can't really set a budget.

There's no need to fret about this though as there are a wide range of wireless network cards to suit all budgets. Secondly, choose the type of adapter that is best suited for your machine. Generally PCI network cards are for desktop PCs and wireless USB network cards are for laptops.

Before you buy a USB network adapter for your laptop you should check if it doesn't already have wireless capability. The easiest way to confirm this is by clicking on Start and checking your network connections. Getting a wireless mini-card will give you more freedom with your laptop, so that you can connect wirelessly on the go.

These days, it's becoming easier to find wireless network connections on the go with the ever increasing Wi-Fi access points that are available in coffee shops and restaurants. This is perfect for those who can live without their Internet or spend considerable lengths of time on business trips. Right now, there are over 50,000 Wi-Fi locations in the US and rising. All you need to do is turn on your wireless network card and see if it picks up a signal. In most cases it will find multiple wireless signals and display the strength of the signals available.

Even if you don't need portability at home you can still take advantage of a wireless network. For example, if you have several computers in the house and don't want to fuss with wires all over the place, then a wireless connection would be more practical. It also saves you from drilling holes in every room and installing cable which can be both expensive and time consuming, not to mention ugly.

Having a wireless network adapter allows you to connect instantly, meaning no more dialing and no more waiting for the Internet. A laptop with wireless capability will be able to pick up your home signal so you can access your emails from any room in your home. Desktop PCs can use USB adapters, but you're better off with a PCI card for better performance.

Take into consideration the size of your house, number of rooms and computers you have before buying a PCI adapter. An important specification to consider is data security and ease of installation. A wireless card with advanced encryption will help protect your computer data and keep your network secure. Encryption will prevent outsiders from trying to gain access to your connection without your permission. Take these things into consideration when buying a wireless network adapter and you won't go wrong.

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