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Steven Arnold Aug 03, 2012, 10:27am EDT Report Abuse
Hello all,

I am looking to build my first computer a desk top. I am looking into different motherboards. However, I want my desktop to have Wi-fi and i have look at some motherboards that do not say they have wi-fi or wireless? Do you have any recommendations on what type of motherboard should I use?

Thanks a lot,
Steven


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mothow Aug 05, 2012, 01:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: What motherboards have wi-fi or wireless capability?
Hi Steve a lot do my Asus P8Z77-V Pro has it as does the P8Z77-V and the P8Z77 Deluxe.
But thats the 1155 socket.What are you looking to build with AMD or Intel.Tell us a little more about your needs and wants then can help you piece together a nice system.

Gaming?
Video editing?
Price? do you have a Windows OS to install and also a keyboard and mouse + Monitor

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Dr. Peaceful Aug 06, 2012, 02:13pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: What motherboards have wi-fi or wireless capability?
Steven Arnold said:
Hello all,

I am looking to build my first computer a desk top. I am looking into different motherboards. However, I want my desktop to have Wi-fi and i have look at some motherboards that do not say they have wi-fi or wireless? Do you have any recommendations on what type of motherboard should I use?

Thanks a lot,
Steven

Here's the answer to your question. Most motherboards that I know of which offer wireless capability "onboard" are usually smaller form factor boards (e.g. micro-ATX / mini-ITX). Also they usually just use a separate Mini PCI Express wifi card, not exactly build into the circuitry of the board. In another word, the motherboard has a Mini PCI-E slot built-in, and then give you a separate mini wifi card for "free". Because it's "free", the quality of the card is no guarantee. What type/make/model of card used is totally under the discretion of the motherboard manufacturer. However, you can always replace it with your own mini card as long as it's compatible.

You may ask why mostly smaller size boards with wifi? Not to say there isn't full ATX boards with wifi, they do exist but rarer than smaller boards with wifi. Because usually those who build a full desktop PC, may either just plug in an ethernet cable or use a cheaper full size PCI wifi board. Most people interested for built-in wifi in a desktop are those building a HTPC (Home Theater PC), which usually of small size and hook up to a TV screen. Wifi for that type of desktop PC is useful, because it reduces the cable clustering and perhaps the location of the TV / PC is not convenient for an ethernet cable to reach. In addition, due to the size of the PC, it may not be able to fit a full PCI wifi board.

Furthermore, not to say there isn't motherboards with wifi fully integrated into the circuitry, they do exist but rarer than boards using mini cards. For the board manufacturers, the benefit of using wifi mini-card is that it reduces R&D and regulation (FCC) costs for NOT needing to integrate wifi into their board engineering. It's cheaper for them just solder a mini PCI-E slot on their board, then just buy wifi cards from another manufacturer in bulk. For you, the user, the benefit of using mini card, is that you can change it! Say few years down the road, there's another wifi standard faster than N, you can just buy a new card with the new standard to replace the old one.



 

    
 
 

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