Non-USB 11ac network adapters

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I'm building a new mid-tower PC and am looking for a good non-USB 11ac network  
adapter and it seems like all I can find are reviews of USB-based network  
adapters. My wi-fi router is a NetGear Nighthawk AC1900. Any recommendations?

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No recommendation, but there seems to be plenty of 802.11ac PCI-e
cards to choose from:
<https://www.google.com/#q=802.11ac+pci-e+adapter
<https://www.google.com/#q=ac1900+pci-e+adapter

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Thanks, Jeff.

I was having a brain cramp and couldn't remember what my current 802.11n NIC  
interface was and I didn't want to pull the tower out from under my desk and  
open it up to look. It has a PCI-e interface. As a result, I was searching for  
"11ac adapter" and 99% of the results were USB interfaces. To make things more  
interesting, currently the distance from my router to my PC is almost 40'  
going through 3 walls and a refrigerator. If I rearrange my office, I can  
possibly eliminate one wall and the refrigerator interference.

Since my PC will be sitting under my desk, something with a cable between the  
antenna and the interface that would allow the antenna to be at or above the  
level of my desk.

Bob

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Y'er welcome.


That will help, but going 40ft through 3 walls and a fridge seems
rather marginal.  I don't think it will work with an internal 802.11ac
card and will probably slow down to 802.11g speeds.

Several ideas:

1.  Locate the antenna as high as possible to miss the fridge.  Use a
USB 2.0 802.11g or 802.11g/n adapter mounted on the back of a panel
antenna.  Something like this antenna:
<http://www.ebay.com/itm/121580548418
and this radio:
<http://www.ebay.com/itm/111855845727
Note that with a 2.4GHz only antenna, a dual band radio is a wasted
effort.

2.  Attaching a single external antenna to an 802.11n or ac radio is
another wasted effort.  However, if you must have an internal PCI-e
card, all you'll find are dual band and 802.11ac radios.  The trick is
to find out which external antenna is the "main" antenna.  Plug your
external antenna into that SMA connector and ignore the others.

3.  You can buy external 802.11ac antennas:
<http://www.l-com.com/content/Article.aspx?Type=P&ID=10425
I don't have any experience with these and don't plan to in the
future.  You're on your own here.

4.  Try a range extender or wireless repeater.
<http://www.linksys.com/us/range-extenders/c/wireless-wi-fi-range-extenders/
I've had lousy luck with most installations, but a few do work.  The
trick is to put the store and forward repeater in a location where it
can be "seen" only by the end points and the end points can't see each
other.  You may need to hide behind the fridge to make it work.

5.  Switch to power line (HomePlug) networking AV2 (AV600/AV1200).  
<http://www.homeplug.org/tech-resources/hpav2_next_gen/
Much depends on how much electrical noise you find on your AC power
lines.  If you initially experience dropouts and streaming stalls, it
will get worse and you should try something else.

6.  Last resort... run CAT5.

Good luck.
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Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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I ended up getting the the ASUS PCE AC68 with the external mount antennas.
I now have a consistent 5 bars of strength and average 700 Mbs between the PC  
and router simply by putting the antenna mount on top of my desk. It's still  
going through 3 walls and a refrigerator. It will be interesting to see what  
happens when I rearrange the office and eliminate the refrigerator and one  
wall from the equation.

Thanks for everyones comments.

Bob


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Congrats.  I suspect that the 700 mbits/sec is not your measured
throughput, but rather the connection speed.  Most connection managers
will show really impressive speeds, when they're not moving any
traffic.  I would be really impressed with the Asus router if it could
do that through 3 walls.  Try one of the benchmark test programs, such
as iperf3 to see how you're really doing.  


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Jeff Liebermann     jeffl@cruzio.com
150 Felker St #D    http://www.LearnByDestroying.com
Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com
Skype: JeffLiebermann     AE6KS    831-336-2558

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Jeff,

I suspect you are correct about that being the connection speed. Since my  
internet connection has a max rate of 200 Mbs, I would never expect to see an  
actual throughput anywhere close to that. I do have multiple devices on the  
network, but in general, never transfer anything between them.

I do have AT&T fiber to my exterior wall with GigaPower available, but since  
they want me to pay 50% more for them to supposedly not snoop on my traffic, I  
told them I wasn't interested.

Bob


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