[SOLVED] How does wifi network cards work and which ones should I get?

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I already have this full build I want to get: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cQPKtg (only 550w psu but they didnt have it on the list) but I'm a noob so I know nothing about network cards and stuff like that. I have WiFi in my house but its too far away to connect to the pc so I want to be able to connect to it wireless. How does it work, which parts do I need for it and what brand is cheap and best for gaming?
 
You'll need a wi-fi card. The card will have everything you need to connect, including antennas. They come in USB or PCI express variants; the newest wifi standard is wireless-ax or wireless 6. Behind that is wireless-ac (retroactiely renamed wireless 5). You can check what the highest standard your router supports is; the standards include backwards compatibility so it will work either way but to get the most out of the newer cards a router that supports the new standards helps.
 
So that's an alternative to a wireless network. You'll have one box which connects to your router and plugs into the wall outlet and another goes into an outlet near your PC. The signal goes through the electrical wires between the two. The one near your PC you connect to the PC with a normal network cable.
 
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So that's an alternative to a wireless network. You'll have one box which connects to your router and plugs into the wall outlet and another goes into an outlet near your PC. The signal goes through the electrical wires between the two. The one near your PC you connect to the PC with a normal network cable.
I see. Is it better to go with the ethernet adapter I sent then?
 

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I already have this full build I want to get: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cQPKtg (only 550w psu but they didnt have it on the list) but I'm a noob so I know nothing about network cards and stuff like that. I have WiFi in my house but its too far away to connect to the pc so I want to be able to connect to it wireless. How does it work, which parts do I need for it and what brand is cheap and best for gaming?
WiFi and "wireless" is the same thing, more or less. WiFi IS a wireless connection, although not every wireless connection is WiFi. So if your PC is too far away for WiFi, it's too far away. Or do you mean it's too far away for an Ethernet cable to run to the system? If all you need is a WiFi card, I got this one, https://www.amazon.com/PCE-AC55BT-B1-Wireless-AC1200-Bluetooth-Adapter/dp/B0713RRZMB/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_147_tr_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NDJT3K8AADBF7KXQ6JR8 works well, and also adds bluetooth so you can use bluetooth headphones on the computer if you want.
 
May 18, 2018
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WiFi and "wireless" is the same thing, more or less. WiFi IS a wireless connection, although not every wireless connection is WiFi. So if your PC is too far away for WiFi, it's too far away. Or do you mean it's too far away for an Ethernet cable to run to the system? If all you need is a WiFi card, I got this one, https://www.amazon.com/PCE-AC55BT-B1-Wireless-AC1200-Bluetooth-Adapter/dp/B0713RRZMB/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_147_tr_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NDJT3K8AADBF7KXQ6JR8 works well, and also adds bluetooth so you can use bluetooth headphones on the computer if you want.
The router is in the living-room and my pc will be in my bedroom so Im not sure.. I have a small apartment lol.
 

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