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do you need a wifi card in a pc

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i plan on making a new pc and i don't know if it is worth to buy a WiFi card or if i just need Ethernet?

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If wired ethernet is an option, then there's no point of using WiFi.

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29 minutes ago, Guillaume_L said:

i plan on making a new pc and i don't know if it is worth to buy a WiFi card or if i just need Ethernet?

Also some motherboards also have the wifi card built into them

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If your pc is close enough to your router then it'd be much more worth it to get ethernet, especially in online games. If you plan on moving your pc around often or are too far away from the router then go with wifi. Personally, I try to avoid wifi when possible because of occasional ping spikes but it depends on your use case.

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On 12/8/2018 at 9:58 AM, Guillaume_L said:

i plan on making a new pc and i don't know if it is worth to buy a WiFi card or if i just need Ethernet?

If you dont need WiFi then dont worry about it. However, some boards have built in WiFi out of the box. I think Intel is adding WiFi support to CPU's in the future if I read it correctly so..... I really wouldn't worry about it until you need it. Because chances are you might have it built in, and if not its very easy to buy a WiFi card. 

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On 12/9/2018 at 7:15 AM, 0mniscient said:

If your pc is close enough to your router then it'd be much more worth it to get ethernet, especially in online games. If you plan on moving your pc around often or are too far away from the router then go with wifi. Personally, I try to avoid wifi when possible because of occasional ping spikes but it depends on your use case.

my desk is next to our router so...

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19 hours ago, Guillaume_L said:

my desk is next to our router so...

probably go with Ethernet then, you'll save a buck and get slightly better internet performance.

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On 12/13/2018 at 9:38 AM, 0mniscient said:

probably go with Ethernet then, you'll save a buck and get slightly better internet performance.

does the internet slow down if your cable is longer or isn't it noticeable?

 

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Just now, Guillaume_L said:

does the internet slow down if your cable is longer or isn't it noticeable?

 

Unless it's over 100 meters long there is no degradation to the signal.

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2 minutes ago, Lurick said:

Unless it's over 100 meters long there is no degradation to the signal.

ok, well i suppose i won't buy a cable that's over 100 meters?

 

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Just now, Guillaume_L said:

ok, well i suppose i won't buy a cable that's over 100 meters?

 

Yup, then you'll be fine :)

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