What kind of wireless adapter should I use for gaming?
As with most things, it depends on your budget and where the gaming system is in your house. If your desktop computer is on the same floor as the router but not in the same room, then you should be fine with a USB dual band wireless adapter. Many of them have external antennas that allow for greater pickup range. You won’t need to worry about installing it, as most current wireless adapters come bundled with all the necessary drivers needed to get connected.
What does Wireless AC mean?
The letters you see following Wireless are just a shorthand to refer to the current wireless standard. AC is the current fastest standard, offering data transmission speeds of 1 gigabit per second. As such, it is often referred to as “Gigabit WiFi”. If you have an older standard router (such as Wireless N), your AC wireless adapter will still work with it, as it backwards compatible even to the previous generation from N, Wireless G.
What is a Wireless PCI card?
PCI stands for Peripheral Component Interconnect. The most common component in a PCI slot is the graphics card. However, these slots are compatible with any other hardware so long as it has the PCI connection type. Wireless PCI cards install in these slots and are often capable of extremely high data transfer speeds, many up to 1300 mbps and higher. Some people also prefer these wireless PCI cards because they can free up an extra USB port on their desktop system.