- Jun 20, 2007
- Southern UT, USA
- 1973 GMC Sprint, Buick 455/TH400; 1994 Jeep XJ 4.0
Built-in should generally be fine these days. I don't see it as much different from laptops these days (though I suppose a lot of those do have a small add-on card, technically speaking). Most have good external antennae or at least provision to add them on. Chipset may matter. I've usually had decent success with Intel chipsets. At very least you can usually find helpful support when Windows fucks something up with an update.I absolutely 100% have to depend on wi-fi.
For a future new computer, should I definitely be looking only at motherboards with built-in wi-fi, or should I assume an add-on device?
I've never had built-in wi-fi, but I've historically had really buggy experiences with PCI and USB wi-fi devices, even with "brand name" (MSI and Gigabyte) units.
I've also had some experience with PCI and PCI-E wi-fi cards and the ones I've had were extremely reliable. I only ever bought cards made by companies that specialize in networking, however, so maybe that's the difference. Of the typical PC "brand names," ASUS is the only one I've found to be good with network devices.