Windows 10: Need recommendations on USB3 802.11ac wireless network cards

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  1.    1 Week Ago #31

    What I meant, Commander is just to wire the two routers together. I would then have a choice of four channels instead of only two. More than likely, I would get a stronger signal from my upstairs router. If I was downstairs, I could use a signal from the downstairs router. I don't mean to use a wired connection to my computer. Sound workable?
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  2.    1 Week Ago #32

    Two routers connected via ethernet ports works fine. The second router should be access point mode.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #33

    Installation & Drivers for new Network/Bluetooth Card


    Hi Ed! I just received my new card in the mail and am ready to install it. My current Bluetooth is a USB dongle which I can just unplug. The Current network card is inside - but I'll have no trouble removing it and replacing it with the new dual-purpose card. My question is: How do I install the new drivers - and should I uninstall the current drivers? If I should uninstall the current drivers, where, exactly, do I find them in the Device Manager?

    Another unrelated question: In my old installation where I come to the login screen for Windows 10, I see the name of my account and, in smaller letters just underneath the account name, is my email address. I can't remember how I got it there. In my clean install, I'd like to do the same thing. Can you tell me how? Thanks.....


    Nisko said: View Post
    Ed, if you don't mind, please tell me how you cut out the picture of the network/Bluetooth card (see below) so precisely. What software did you use? BTW, I ordered this card. Thank you.
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  4.    1 Week Ago #34

    Once you install the new device, a lot will depend on what kind of network connection is available (or not). The safest course of action would be to reboot with an RJ-45 cable connected from the Ethernet port on your laptop into your router or cable modem. If you can do that, you'll have a working network connection to use to download the new drivers after startup. Otherwise, you should leave your dongle in for the first reboot and then let the device enumeration process that occurs during startup find your new hardware. Windows should automatically download a driver for the new device. But if it doesn't you can go into device manager, and see about getting it up and running through that interface by right-clicking the new device under the "Network adapters" heading and selecting the "Update driver" entry.

    If that doesn't work, post here, and we'll figure out a different strategy. Once you get the new setup working, you can remove your dongle, and we can see about removing now-unneeded device drivers after that (hint: Uwe Sieber's excellent Device Cleanup tool is just the ticket for this kind of thing).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  5.    1 Week Ago #35

    Ed, I have a number of cables. Is there a way to determine if a cable is RJ-45 or CAT5?

    EdTittel said: View Post
    Once you install the new device, a lot will depend on what kind of network connection is available (or not). The safest course of action would be to reboot with an RJ-45 cable connected from the Ethernet port on your laptop into your router or cable modem. If you can do that, you'll have a working network connection to use to download the new drivers after startup. Otherwise, you should leave your dongle in for the first reboot and then let the device enumeration process that occurs during startup find your new hardware. Windows should automatically download a driver for the new device. But if it doesn't you can go into device manager, and see about getting it up and running through that interface by right-clicking the new device under the "Network adapters" heading and selecting the "Update driver" entry.

    If that doesn't work, post here, and we'll figure out a different strategy. Once you get the new setup working, you can remove your dongle, and we can see about removing now-unneeded device drivers after that (hint: Uwe Sieber's excellent Device Cleanup tool is just the ticket for this kind of thing).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  6.    1 Week Ago #36

    A cable could be both, no problem. RJ-45 is the name of the jack (looks like a big telephone jack) and CAT5, CAT5e, and CAT6 (most likely cables you'll have around) are marked with a legend on the cable itself. If you read the printed code on the cable it will repeat something like "CAT.5" or "CAT.6" along with the EIA/TIA rating numbers. For temporary use, it really doesn't matter.
    HTH,
    --Ed--

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  7.    1 Week Ago #37

    Thanks, Ed.
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  •    1 Week Ago #38

    Thank you!!
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