We have Verizon FOIS, who provided their own router. One of our computers (desktop) currently does not have a wireless card installed and needs to connect physically to the router. I would like to add a wireless card to allow the desktop to connect wirelessly to the Internet.
The research I have done seems to indicate that it is best to match types of routers with the same type of wireless card. The only type of router I see on mine is just Verizon - not much help there since I'm sure there are no Verizon wireless PCI cards.
Will purchasing any wireless card work? The desktop will be moving about 30 feet away from the router so the card will at least need to be able to travel that distance on the same floor.
We are also a little strapped for cash so trying to keep the cost down, yet still have solid wireless connections.
Please help with any ideas or the best way to tackle this issue. Of course, the research I have done could be completely wrong. I'm new to the wireless thing. As far as I know, it just works with our laptop and PS3.
It's not necessary to match manufacturers hardware; although I will always do it if I have the option to.
All the manufactures follow standards created by the IEEE, so it doesn't matter what brand card you get; it will work. Wireless N is preferable over the older wireless G because it has farther range and better speed.
I would stay away from airlink101 low cost adapters. Have had them cause Blue Screens. I do not have any issues with airlink101 access point/switch combo's just bad luck with the PCI and USB Wireless Adapters. Only my experience. You do get what you pay for.