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Wireless LAN adapter for Server 2008 R2?

I'm setting up a Server 2008 box in my home for lab/testing purposes. I'd like to put the machine in a location out of reach of Ethernet, so I need a wireless adapter (preferably 802.11n) that will work with Server 2008 R2.

Can anyone recommend such?

Cheers, and happy new year,
Steve
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leakim971PluritechnicianCommented:
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ICaldwellCommented:
I would highly recommend something with a receiver you can move around such as this one:

http://www.amazon.com/HP-FH971AA-Wireless-PCIe-Card/dp/B001GV2320
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tigermattCommented:

Rather than installing a wireless adapter directly in the server, I've had good experience using a Wireless Access Point in Bridge or Client Mode to get a connection via wireless into remote locations. The access point is placed with the server, and an ethernet cable is run between the AP's Ethernet port and the port on the server.

The main benefit is that the network is ready and available for use right at the point the server boots up. If you use a built-in wireless card, it will take a short while when Windows starts to initiate the connection to the network, which could cause problems. Also, you needn't worry about wireless adapter driver compatibility with Windows Server 2008, because the server has no knowledge of the wireless link being in place.

I've got this configuration in three locations to bridge large networks into smaller outbuildings. I certainly wouldn't run more than a PC or two over any such wireless link, but for running a single server at home on, it should be ideal. The Netgear WG602 Access Point has the function, although it isn't 802.11n compliant; I'm sure there are others out there with these features, though.

-Matt
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sf09erAuthor Commented:
Thanks to leakim971 and ICaldwell for your suggestions, and to tigermatt for your excellent points. I will explore my options over the next week or so and report back with my experiences. I appreciate your time.

Cheers,
Steve
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tigermattCommented:

>> With apologies to those who have posted solutions, I respectfully request that this question be closed. I decided not to run Server 2008 on this machine.

With respect, the solutions provided were still valid and accurate. I would recommend splitting the points between all three posts. Thanks.
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sf09erAuthor Commented:
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I appreciate your time.
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leakim971PluritechnicianCommented:
Thanks for the points! Have a nice week-end!
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