questionschallenge: a pci wireless n card for under $60

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Oh, you make this hard. My first thought would have been the long ethernet cable, but then, this is probably a rental, and drilling holes here and there might not be viewed with a friendly eye. I had cable trays running under my house in CA.

I realize you may have already considered and reject this, but can we consider USB wireless? These are pretty cool.

http://www.amazon.com/EnGenius-EUB362-Range-Adapter-802-11b/dp/B000CSQVJ4/ref=acc_glance_ce_ai_-2

I have an older Netgear that looks just like this, and it gets the signal EVERYWHERE.

If you can stand just barely over $60, here's a nice D-Link, although I don't like it nearly as well:

http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DWL-G510-Wireless-Adapter-802-11g/dp/B0001PFQ7G/ref=acc_glance_ce_ai_-2

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Okay, I looked a bit harder. Newegg has one that you might like.

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/39137cad-fa90-40e4-9b14-bd67e74c46a4/netgear-wpn311-ieee-802-11b-g-pci-rangemax-wireless-adapter-up-to-108mbps-wireles#0

Looks pretty good, and Newegg claims that it'll sell it to you for LESS than the listed $59.99 (I hate cookies, and I also hate newegg, so I don't know exactly how much it is).

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@shrdlu: The D-Link is what is sitting in her computer right now. I gave it to her a long time ago because I had it laying around and it was one of the nicer cards out there and was far better than the one she had.

I like the USB one alot, that has a wonderful gain which reminds me of those Ubiquity wireless cards, www.ubnt.com. I only prefer internal because of aesthetics(I like everything self contained in the case). If no one turns up something better that is N and internal, then I'll give this a shot.

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@catbertthegreat: I might add that the deal I just posted is NOT N, but has that great antenna, which should help with the signal loss.

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@shrdlu: Reviews are a little sketchy for the Netgear, but they seem to be focused on issues with the software that comes bundled, which is something I never install, Windows seems to always fetch a working wireless driver for me and I don't need their bloated network finding utilities.

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@catbertthegreat: I admit I prefer the USB ones, myself. I have a couple of different versions of a Netgear that looks just like the EnGenius I posted from Amazon. On the other hand, although reviews for it are good, I never heard of that brand.

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I think I'll give the EnGenius a try, it is under the price limit and according to the site it will go 800 feet from the router.