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Topic # 26117 12-Sep-2008 11:39
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I'm considering purchasing a PCI wireless card for my HTPC so I can get rid of the network cable running from my HTPC in the lounge to the broadband router in another room.  I'm in a rented house so I don't want to invest in running new cables through the walls...

However I live in a marginal signal strength area, and after reading this post about interference between graphics cards and TV tuners, I'm worried that having a wireless card broadcasting a signal right next to my TV tuner card / coax cable will degrade my signal.

Wondering if anyone has experience with this (good or bad), or whether someone has a more theoretical view on why this should or shouldn't cause problems...


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  Reply # 163973 12-Sep-2008 12:16
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I have limited PCI slots so have been using a USB wireless adapter without problems (occasional loss of connection fixed by pulling it out for a few seconds - not an issue for a HTPC)

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  Reply # 164039 12-Sep-2008 17:07
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Wifi operates at 2.4ghz, and 5ghz for Wifi N. Freeview operates in the UHF frequency which is under 1ghz. You shouldn't have a problem with the tuner and wifi card interferring.

However, if you have other HTPC clients or want to stream from the HTPC over wifi, a 54mb/s G link isn't going to cut it for HD content. 'Super G' might work however this is usually only marginally faster.

Otherwise i'd say you shouldnt have any issues.

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