Wireless adapter to pc

KW.

Regular Contributor
I noticed I started to get real low speeds on my main PC. The PC is placed so wired network is not a solution. When I use speccy it seems that I have Qualcomm Atheros AR938x Wireless Network Adapter. Its on my motherboard and bought it some years ago maybe four. The antennas on it is hanging and dangling and seem really tired:)

At the place of my computer my phone has a connection almost that max what my ISP is giving me 230 mbits. My computer on the same network gives me 20 now. Before it gave me almost the same speed as my phone.

Is it worth buy a whole new adapter to the motherboard or just find some new antennas. And on these adapters that exist (want one on the motherboard) is it value for money to buy a expensive one?

Thanks for tips on what to buy for adapter or antennas that are good.
 

psychopomp1

Senior Member
Yeah the Asus PCE-AC88 should work very nicely - external PCI cards normally work better than built-in cards
 
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KW.

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Thanks for the response, So you believe I take it is worth to buy a separate PCI card. I will in not to long time have to upgrade the motherboard too. So need to think about it. Its a curse that if you upgrade one thing suddenly you feel the need to upgrade something more:)

But I guess as you think its value to have a good receiver that part is not to be neglected.
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
If you are already thinking of upgrading the motherboard, then I wouldn't 'waste' money on a mere WiFi adaptor that costs as much as one.

Just buy a motherboard that is WiFi capable and buy a $20 Intel AX200 adaptor instead (if needed).
 
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KW.

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Yea I think that makes more sense. My motherboard have done a great service and can be used in a "left over" computer.

Just curious what do the pce-ac 88 offer that makes its four times more expensive the then the Intel ax200 adapter?

If you are already thinking of upgrading the motherboard, then I wouldn't 'waste' money on a mere WiFi adaptor that costs as much as one.

Just buy a motherboard that is WiFi capable and buy a $20 Intel AX200 adaptor instead (if needed).
 

L&LD

Part of the Furniture
More buggy drivers and user aggravation? 'Older' WiFi, if not outright slower too?

The only real benefit may be a 4x4:4 connection back to the router (if the router is also a 4x4:4 design and is physically close enough too). Meaning a more stable connection from a further distance in the right WiFi environment.

The Intel AX200 WiFi adaptor is inherently better though, IME. Even with just a 2x2:2 connection and can be upgradeable with another $20 card when the next standard arrives. :)
 
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