Laptop hardware component & upgrades forum: Internal vs PCM/External Wireless Cards

by: Bootnrally April 7, 2010 10:04 AM PDT

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Internal vs PCM/External Wireless Cards

by Bootnrally - 4/7/10 10:04 AM

Just curious, but in general do external/PCM wireless cards get better reception than internal cards?

I have two laptops that alternate duty at work. One is an old Dell C400 (P3)that I equipped with a D-Link DWL-G650 PCM Card. The other is a Dell D600 that has whatever internal card it left the factory with. As slow as it is, the C400 can grab a WiFi signal anywhere. The D600 has a very limited range.

I have a couple of other PCM cards and just wonder if the external card would give better reception. The reception is a bigger criteria than looks or bulk.

All opinions appreciated,

Bob

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