I am choosing Wi-Fi adapter for my PC, the mo-bo is Asus z170 gaming pro and wonder which card to choose or whether go with nano usb stick like TP-Link TL-WN725N nano. I'll be sitting in the same room that roter is. I'm not sure whether it's better to go with PCI-E extension card or usb stick. What road (usb/pci-e) and what specific device would you reccomend?


I use PC daily for work and gaming (so the ping counts), which equates to around 50 GB of transfer monthly. The budget is 50$ but I really do not want to spend more than 10$ for fancy radiators and additional antenas if it is not going to provide any benefit.

  • Same room as the router? why not run an Ethernet line along the baseboards? Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 21:06
  • Wires, wires everywhere.. Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 22:07
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    I use a $10 TP-Link USB wifi key and, paired with a good ISP (with optical fibre), it is perfectly fine - I usually have between 8 and 48 ping in Rocket League, as for instance.
    – user2601
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 9:56

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Personally, I would spend the time and do a proper CAT5e/6 installation; meaning running cable in/through the walls, terminating properly, hiding the network gear so it's out of sight. The benefit of being directly connected is the reliability of the connection is so much greater than that of WiFi.


If you want to go wireless, I would forgo the USB route and go for a PCIe Wi-Fi adapter. It's not that USB is bad in any sense of measure, it's just you will get better reliability being directly attached to the PCIe bus rather than the USB bus.

I have used the ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 PCI-E Adapter (PCE-AC68) on a computer out in a warehouse where we couldn't easily run a network cable until we could get a crew with a scissor lift.

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What was nice about this particular model was that you had the option of plugging the antenna directly into the card or (what we did) use the optional "base." This allowed us to put the antennas up high, away from the metal desk as to not interfere with the radio signal.

The reason I mention this over USB adapters and obviously cheaper alternatives is because you mentioned "a gaming mobo." Gaming requires bandwidth and this will deliver every time.

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    – ArtOfCode
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 19:11

I would suggest the ASUS PCE-AC56 802.11ac

The main reason I would suggest this card over the nano:

Listed technical specs on both adapters @ newegg.com

TP-Link: Wireless N speed up to 150Mbps

Asus: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac: downlink up to 1300Mbps, uplink up to 1300Mbps (20/40/80MHz)

The TP-link is much less expensive, and easier to install, but could be a bottleneck depending on your broadband package, or if you intend to run wireless AC.


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