Well, I'm going to be getting an older XP desktop soon and want to connect it to the internet. The easiest way for me to do this is is by connecting it to our home Wi-Fi. To do this I will need a Wireless card. Any good one's that are under $25? It needs to work with Windows XP.
asked Jun 27 '11 at 20:06
what is good and what is best are impossible to answer. what is BEST or GOOD for you may be something that is horrible for someone else.
Using a PCI card (one that connects to the motherboard) has some issues with reception and connecting unless you have a card with an external antenna on a cable (no more than one meter long).
Using a USB network adapter would be best as you can move it from computer to computer without the need of opening the case, and you can even connect it to a 5 meter long cable if you wanted to so its not behind your desk and you get better connection results.
The brands (I hate giving our brand names as I have every brand and they all work the same). however: Belkin, Dlink, Netgear all seem to work well . Avoid trendnet or graymarket (those with no brand name on them). Also make sure they the drivers are supported on XP since XP is on Microsoft list to be dropped from being supported. You can find out if XP is supported when you start shoping and find a brand that fits our budget and looks cool.
Again GOOD or what is best is really best for you versus everyone else. the best thing is it that is yours, not mine or someone else that owns it but you thus making it the best.
sorry to be a bit vague. but like I said I have almost every brand of wifi interface, router and other gear that I have tested and use. none of my 'fav'
answered Jun 27 '11 at 20:26
I had the Belkin one for a while and it worked great. Really good range, and a great price. Make sure you buy an inexpensive USB extension cable... very useful with these USB network adapters.
answered Jun 28 '11 at 00:09