well this generic card that i bought sucks(trouble connecting, seems to lock up my computer from time to time, lots of other small issue), im having more trouble than just getting a signal, so i will be returning it and getting a new one. i was doing some searching around and found a couple viable alternatives. all this while i bring my dads laptop to my room and it connects with ease(it has a build in card, it says atheros under device manager) so help me pick a new card/ maybe antenna (router is in basement and i am 2 floors up and across the house... the signal struggles sometimes.) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833127145 this one is a d link wireless g card first is this one on newegg which says it has a dipole antenna(whats the difference between that and a normal external) also it says it has a 15db antenna on it(as in better than the link down a couple lines?), but it states that the range is the same as all others. whichever one i get i will probably be getting one of these to go along with it.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16833164005 my main question is about the dipole though.. what exactly does that mean? is it better or worse than a normal external antenna i have an older dlink 802.11b router which will be upgraded in time, but will do for now as all i really want is internet and printer sharing.... some files here and there but nothing to bad. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16839121007 i was also looking at this one, i dont really need the extra speed(as i cant use it anyways... but does the super g also increase range as well as speed?) main reason i was considering the gigabyte one is because i did a search on newegg for atheros(this is whats listed under the laptops wireless card and it has no trouble getting signal up here, and the gigabyte came up when i did a search for atheros) HHEEELLLPPP!!!