The only rule is no outside USB's and it doesn't cost more than $90
You don't have to spend $90, as you can get a decent one for $60-70
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I'll get that one ( unless someone has a better one ), as doing research on these is a pain.
As long as it works with your router, you should be fine. I'd also strongly suggest sticking with /ac rated ones, as they are much faster.
Do i have to install drivers etc.? How do i know if it works with my router?
You'll have to install drivers, but these are easily obtained from the manufacturer's website
As for the 'works with router' statement, it's just if your router supports /ac wireless or not
I'll keep that in mind.
Sorry for piggybacking on your thread but will that work with a Netgear Orbi system?
It should work fine, since the Orbi is rated to AC3000.
Interesting. I also need one and I've yet to order it. I just have two minor questions:
In the pictures, the black sticks (antennas) are plugged in the PCI-e card, and in a external magnetic stand. What is the difference between both of these?
Do you think this is good adapter or should I go for the AC56?
The AC56 can run with either the antennas (antennae?) directly attached to the card or independent of it.
I'd say both of them are just as good (but there may be differences with internal chips, so I can't really say which one is better). Cost will probably be the deciding factor.
But is there an advantage of using the antennae on the magnetic stand over attached, or vice-versa?
Not sure. I think it's if you're trying to extend it's range (or don't want antennae sticking out from your PC)