Which is better for Wireless Internet? Dell Wireless 1703 or Airlink AWLL6075 USB Adapter?

Posted on 2014-08-16
Last Modified: 2014-08-17
Hello friendly experts,

I have the following devices to connect to Internet wirelessly:

1. Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) [this came with the desktop]

2. Airlink AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter (that I bought a few years ago)

I'm wondering which one you guys would use if it were you?

Would appreciate any comments. Thanks for your time.
Question by:focus15
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    At least not if you don't have to.    If the desktop is collocated with your router or switch, connect it via an Ethernet cable.

    Very simple rule of networking:   Wired is ALWAYS better than wireless.

    Having said that, if your topology makes a wired connection inconvenient, either adapter will work fine.    Both will support wireless rates well above what you likely have for your internet connection.

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    Thanks natty and Gary..  Currently, the LAN connection is exactly opposite to the computer area.. :(
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    In that case just use wireless :-)

    I'd just try both adapters ... do a couple runs at and see what you're average with each; and use the one that gives you the best performance.
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    There is almost never a "best". What's needed is a full, clear list of requirements and priorities. Then compare the capabilities against your list and decide which matches better for you. Either of those might be preferred for any one of us in particular circumstances. But we know our circumstances and requirements, and they might have little relationship to yours.

    It's quite likely that you'll never see much difference except that you might find it easier to resolve problems with the unit that came with the desktop, if problems arise.

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    Internal wireless NIC's usually have the better antennas, so the signal should be better, particularly if you can position the antenna to the best location (most are usually attached at the back of the card and can be unscrewed, and then you can connect them to an extension cable, which helps you to find the location with the best signal).

    The USB wireless NICs on the other hand have other advantages. The main one is that it is mobile and you can easily remove it from one PC and connect it to another without having to open the case of the PC. Naturally they are best suited for Laptops, particularly older models that might not already have an integrated wireless NIC, or if you need a 2nd wireless connection.

    But generally for a stationary PC I'd use the internal card.

    Author Comment

    Thanks so much everyone..

    I just ran quite a few tests at with both cards and the Dell beats the Airlink everytime. convincingly..

    Guess, I'll stick with the internal one and remove/uninstall Airlink.

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