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Best USB Network Adapter for Windows XP desktop

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I am helping someone set up a new computer which needs to connect to an existing wireless network in the apartment.  I do not want to install a network card inside the computer.  Will a plugin USB network adapter work as well as an "inside card" for wireless access to the internet (for email primarily and some internet browsing).  What is considered the "best" adapter to get, of are they all pretty comparable?  Thanks!
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This Question is probably best-asked in the Networking TA (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/). You've placed it in the NetWare TA, which is focussed on Novell NetWare and related products.

You can post a free Question in the Community Support TA (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/) and ask a Moderator to move this Question to the proper TA.
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Thanks - I figured netware meant network hardware (I guess it does - good branding name) - I have posted a message in community TA to get this question moved.  If I close this question and award some points to you, it probably cannot be moved, and I assume it is "best" to have it in the correct area for a clean TA here in netware?
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Right - a Moderator should be along shortly to move it. It would be considered bad form (not to mention a waste of your money) to close it and award me points for just suggesting that you needed to have the Question moved.

Or, if you want, open a new Question in the proper TA, and amend your request in the Community Support TA to delete this Question and refund your points. Depends on how urgent your matter is (and if you have the points to spare).
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I'm going with the MA111 Wireless USB Network Adapter from Netgear.  Closing out the question as having answered it myself.
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Addendum:  After going to the store, I learned about 802.11b vs 802.11g.  The above Netgear adapter is for the older 802.11b.   I purchased, instead, a Belkin adapter that supports 802.11g and is backwardly compatible with an 802.11b router.  Here are the specs, which work for me.  I expect there are at least several comparable network adapters from other manufacturers in the marketplace.  Note that there are some "pre-802.11n" products offered, which I guess is the next "new" thing, but I'm staying with 11.g for now.

From the Belkin website - specs on the product I just purchased -
The Wireless G USB Network Adapter easily connects your USB-equipped desktop or notebook computer to your wireless network for Internet and file sharing. Desktop users can now join the network with the ease of a USB plug-in, without opening their PC cases; laptop users can enjoy the benefits of staying mobile-while connected to the Internet.

Advantages
• Adds 802.11g wireless capabilities to desktop and laptop computers, for faster wireless networking available for home or office
• Fits any standard 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 USB slot
• Provides 3 times the wireless range of 802.11a adapters
• Offers backward-compatibility with all 802.11b network devices
• Features wireless 64- and 128-bit WEP Encryption
• Keeps notebook batteries running longer with advanced, low-power consumption chipset
• Works with Windows (R) 98 SE, Me, 2000 and XP
• Comes with Belkin Lifetime Warranty and free 24-hour technical support

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Prolly better to PAQ and Refund in light of that last Comment.
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