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Ends today. Newegg has the Netgear WN311B-100NAS RangeMax NEXT Wireless PCI Adapter for $14.99 - 10% off with coupon code MASTERPASS [Exp 12/21] when you check out with Masterpass - $10 rebate [Exp 12/15] = $3.49 with free shipping. Supports WEP, WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK encryption and is backwards compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b networks.
$23 Retail: $96

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    common_cents Ben's cred: 75
    Posted 10:41 am PST 12/15/13

    The price is good but who still is crazy enough to use PCI instead of USB?

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    dizzymon247 Ben's cred: 142
    Posted 2:15 pm PST 12/15/13

    Seriously USB? I'm not sure how many of those you have owned but I have owned 2-3 and they suck bad. You boot up and they may not pick up the wireless network. I've had 0 of the PCI ones have that issue regardless of the version of windows loaded on the machine. You tell me how great your USB wireless works and tell me after you have had about 20 years of buying hardware.

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    Goob Ben's cred: 156
    Posted 4:09 pm PST 12/15/13

    I prefer PCI. The tiny USB don't work that well and the regular USB has the cord you have to deal with. PCI with the antennas directly attached is what I like best as long as you have enough PCI slots.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3422
    Posted 4:22 pm PST 12/15/13

    Might as well use PCI instead of wasting a PCIe slot on something with this low a bandwidth (relative to other types of cards, meaning wifi cards in general).

    I don't like cards over USB if they're going to use a directly attached antenna because having it so close to the metal system case seems to reduce signal strength but this one comes with a pretty nice remote panel antenna for costly only $5 AR. The antenna & cable alone would usually cost as much.

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    common_cents Ben's cred: 75
    Posted 9:22 pm PST 12/15/13

    dizzymon247 wrote:
    Seriously USB? I'm not sure how many of those you have owned but I have owned 2-3 and they suck bad. You boot up and they may not pick up the wireless network. I've had 0 of the PCI ones have that issue regardless of the version of windows loaded on the machine. You tell me how great your USB wireless works and tell me after you have had about 20 years of buying hardware.


    I've had about 15 years. And I will absolutely admit there's a lot of crap USB wireless adapters. Reading reviews is important, regardless of what you're buying. Still, I would hardly call 3 adapters a significant sample size.

    Also, USB is the most useful as a diagnostic tool. Laptop, mini-pc...doesn't much matter. Slot it, load drivers, and figure out if their internal wifi is busted.

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