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    Question Internal or External NIC?

    So in my recent thread i said that my Linksys WUSB600N was overheating quite frequently. I'm searching online for a decent one but im wondering whether i should stay with an External USB Adapter or get a Internal NIC. Bit hard as i've had alot of bad Internal ones (Died within 2 weeks) and problems with External Adapters (Slow).

    Again, all help is appreciated
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    I have an external Alfa and have never had an issue.
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    I've been looking at a few External adapters (Havnt found 'Alfa' yet). Mainly looking at Belkin products as their support is amazing, unlike Cisco support. For example: "Unplug and plug the adapter back into the USB port, this will solve your connectivity problem".
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    I use alfa because it has a rp-sma plug on it for external antennas
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    USB is convenient in that you can remove it easily. BUT if you are never going to do so, it's probably best to get a PCI card.

    Less likely to fall out or overheat.

    If the internal ones you bought died in 2 weeks either you are buying really crap ones, or you're doing something wrong to them.

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    I've been looking at a few External adapters (Havnt found 'Alfa' yet). Mainly looking at Belkin products as their support is amazing, unlike Cisco support. For example: "Unplug and plug the adapter back into the USB port, this will solve your connectivity problem".
    You think THAT is "amazing support" ?

    What happens if you unplug and plug it back, and it doesn't work? then what would you think of their support?

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    I use alfa because it has a rp-sma plug on it for external antennas
    There are also adapters which have an RP-SMA that aren't Alfa. I have one, a LeoLink (TP-Link Ripoff)
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    I like the alfa for specific reasons.
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_24 View Post
    USB is convenient in that you can remove it easily. BUT if you are never going to do so, it's probably best to get a PCI card.

    Less likely to fall out or overheat.

    If the internal ones you bought died in 2 weeks either you are buying really crap ones, or you're doing something wrong to them.



    You think THAT is "amazing support" ?

    What happens if you unplug and plug it back, and it doesn't work? then what would you think of their support?



    There are also adapters which have an RP-SMA that aren't Alfa. I have one, a LeoLink (TP-Link Ripoff)
    @ "Amazing Support. Yeah thats what i was getting at.
    As for the Internal NIC's..i was buying high-end 10/100/1000Mbps ones. Speed was slow (Was installed correctly..) and it they would just die after 2 weeks. Final guess is that its my Motherboard. Its an old Asrock M-ATX :P.
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    Default Re: Internal or External NIC?

    I use a TP-Link external USB one that has a removable antenna, works really well for me. It's not in constant use though as it's my backup/ testing connection for when I'm not near a wired port.
    I got a cheap generic one from first-in once, range was terrible and it lasted less than a day before giving up entirely.
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