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Topic # 223523 4-Oct-2017 10:27
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I'm seeing a lot of new motherboards with built in WiFi nowadays, and I am wondering why you'd use this as opposed to the wifi built into your modem / router?  The router (I have n HG630B) is always powered up, so the house has WiFi regardless of whether 'my' desktop is running, so the house has 24/7 internet.  I'm guessing that the motherboard WEiFi might be of a higher spec, but I don't know what devices could take advantage of that.

 

It feels like forever since I decided to update my five year old 3930k system, but it is running reasonably well — especially after having to reinstall Windows recently — and I don't feel like rushing untill X299 / X399 i9X / Threadripper has settled down.  I mean it was only this week that Threadripper bootable raid 0 with NVMe drives became available.  I'm leaning towards Threadripper 1920X (because it seems to be the best choice for Photoshop which is 90% od what I use my systems for), but I don't have a clear idea of which motherboard to use, and whether I should go with onboar WiFi.

 

[EDIT]  I have just thought that I also run a Linksys RE6500 wireless range extender, and how would this complicate things?  The bottom line, as I see it, is that it would unacceptible to need my desktop to be running for the rest of the house to have internet, so what would be the point of a motherboard wireless?

 

 





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  Reply # 1877080 4-Oct-2017 10:38
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It is to connect to your router over WiFi - it doesn't act like a base station. It is just like your laptop having integrated WiFi.





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  Reply # 1877107 4-Oct-2017 11:03
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Thanks for the reply.  Would it always be best to use eithernet if possible?  There is a saying in the video sound industry, 'If you are able, run a cable'.





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  Reply # 1877112 4-Oct-2017 11:08
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Yes, use Ethernet where possible. 


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  Reply # 1877359 4-Oct-2017 16:14
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but sometimes it not possible :) hence wifi on the motherboard :)

 

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  Reply # 1877520 4-Oct-2017 22:27
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After thinking about it, I've come up with flat-mates or family members sharing a router, or living in a situation where WiFi is your only option to get on line.  I'll not worry about it, and not let it influence my choice of a MB one way or the other.  Thanks again.





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  Reply # 1877526 4-Oct-2017 22:32
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I have a few computers on wifi. Its good enough to run spotify, not worth running a cable across the garage cieling for one of them, and the one upstairs has no data sockets on that side of the door so would be a mess over the top of the door or else around the whole rest of the room. Wifi is fine for anything not intensive like video editing off a nas or similar. Its a cheap addition to a mobo, and its something lots of people look for on computers. So much so that PB seem to add a cheap PCIe card to machines that done have it onboard.





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