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Old 12-02-2008, 10:56 AM
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Anyone have any experience of wireless usb adapters?

I have a netgear wireless router and it works fine with my laptop which already has wireless installed. I bought one of these for my desktop, but the internet keeps cutting out and it's really slow.

It is used very close to the router. Is that normal for one of these? and does anyone know something that would work better? I don't really want to have to take the back off my PC

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not personally, but would you believe that there is an everytying usb web site!!! Holy cow. It is actually very informative.

Here is the link.

USB - 2.0, 3.0, Wireless, port, Hi-Speed, Gadgets - Everything USB

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my brother bought one recently for our pcs at home and it works great, I forget what brand it was though... I think personally, netgear sucks. We've had 2 routers from them and they always crapped out and their customer service is nonexistent!
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:32 PM
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I use one that's linksys for my desktop and it works great
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Mine is Linksys too. Not the very best, but craps out a LOT less than Netgear
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:53 AM
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hard to say without being there to look at it. first question is a dumb one..are you sure youre connected to the right network?
Yes, as we do get internet sometimes It just conks out every five minutes and it's really frustrating

I haven't had the router very long but it works fine with my laptop, which is a lot further away from it than my PC I'll have to try and give netgear a call, see what they say. I'll also check out that website posted above

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^ lol good luck with calling. they don't pick up
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Old 12-04-2008, 08:58 AM
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Do you have a cordless phone near your desktop?

You could try changing the channel in the router until you find one that works consistently. A lot of times it's just interference with another device or signal.
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Old 12-04-2008, 10:37 AM
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No, there is no cordless phone in the same room as the router

How would I go about changing the channel in the router? Is it something on the router itself? I don't want it to affect my laptop
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No, there is no cordless phone in the same room as the router

How would I go about changing the channel in the router? Is it something on the router itself? I don't want it to affect my laptop
It's a setting inside the router, it should not affect your laptop. If you know how to log into your router, there is an area to change the wireless channel or frequency. This may or may not help, but it's something to try and has worked for me in the past.
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Old 12-05-2008, 08:59 PM
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I have been using an Airlink Wireless USB adapter with my Linksys router for a few years now; I believe Airlink is cheaper than other brands out there, but it is pretty decent. There are times when I have to restart my router and modem in order to get my adapter to connect to the internet. I have used a Netgear PCI adapter, as well, but the USB adapter works for me.
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Old 12-05-2008, 09:25 PM
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Use Linksys! They are incredible.

Wireless-N! USB adapter w/ antennas I get signal from everrrrywherreee! But primarily from the internet that we pay for. Make NO mistake.
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Try and update the FW on your router and the device driver on the USB adapter to the latest from Netgear and see if that will make a difference. And are you running XP or Vista? If you are running XP, get the SP3 as that may have the latest drivers for your adapter but you may still want to update your router FW and see if that will help. Netgear products are usually poor compared to Linksys (and funnily both are owned by Cisco). Windows by itself has a lot of issues handling certain wireless devices. My thinkpad mini pci card used to freeze and drop connections often on XP and it seldom does now on Linux. Try the FW & Driver update and see how that works out.
An alternative to USB adapters for a desktop would be a wireless PCI card which work pretty well and better than USB wireless adapters but you will have to pop open your chassis and install it on one of your PCI slots (hopefully you have an open PCI slot left on your motherboard). Its pretty simple to install one of those.
You may also wanna try your uSb adapter with a friend's computer or your laptop(you'll have to bypass your mini pci card and make your USb adapter to acquire connections by turning the RF radio off) and see how it pairs up with their wireless router, just to make sure you don't have a faulty USB adapter.
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:11 AM
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Thanks Sammy I'll have to go through all of that (what is the FW though please?) and see if it makes a difference. I have windows XP but have heard great things about linux and am wondering whether to give it a go.

If only there were two ethernet ports on the back of the router as my desktop is right next to it
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FW = Firmware Not sure how old your router is, but manufacturers tend to put out new versions of firmware to address bugs and issues. If you go to Netgear's website and go to any link that says Support or Downloads and enter your Router model#, it will show you what is available and if you see a FW update put out recently or one that is later than what you have, you should be able to download and install it. You can usually do this by going to your router's admin menu (usually by going to http://192.168.0.1). Your router doesn't have 4 LAN ports???
Try updating the firmware of the router as well as your USB adapter's device driver if there is a later version of it. Also test your USB adapter on your laptop to make sure its not faulty inherently. If it drops connections on your laptop as well, then we narrowed down the problem.
Linux is awesome and rock solid OS You can always try it and see how you like it and how you can get around in it. There are several distros of Linux and if you are new to it, I'd recommend trying Ubuntu (Intrepid Ibex). OpenSuse, Mandriva and Fedora are great distros as well.
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