The usb adapters are quite good. I have had issues with a netgear router and did not go back to them,
Sorry I should have been more specific , It's actually a smoked glass and black chrome stand and not an actual cabinet. I intend to raise my laptop with two strips of wooden batten ( 20 mm high x 20 mm wide) to allow air flow and maybe paint them black or recess them so they don't show.
The laptop will be placed on top of a blu ray player and being even more specific , I had a slight...err.....accident and both hinges are snapped on my laptop .So it will just be the main body connected via HDMI to my LCD TV.
On a side note , Do I need to dismantle the whole screen enclosure and disconnect the screen ...Or can I just snip the wires and isolate them with electrical tape ( Obviously set it up for an external monitor and power down first ? )
Thanks so much for the links
Sc302 covered most of the bases
I myself have a Belkin wireless N adapter, (I forget the model number, as it is dangerous trying to enter his room) for my son's pc, never had any trouble connecting to any of my routers, (currently using an E4200)
The only 1 time I had any problems connecting to my router from his pc was when I tried Win 8, (this is not to say 8 is a bad OS, I just happened to be unfortunate enough to have suffered this common problem) but yes, feel free and at ease with buying whichever one you like, they're not bad
As far as £100 routers Cisco, D-link Trendnet, all have devices within that range
Thank you ! For your Sons bedroom ......
Its probably a generic wireless interference or range issue though. If the media isn't stored on the HTPC then you will be far better off using a wired connection.
My laptop has 500GB storage, so it wont really be an issue .Although it would be cool to transfer stuff around on a wireless connection.
The thing is , my other devices connect with out flaw . Admittedly I do own a cordless phone system ( 2 units , base and additional) but that has little impact on my "droid" devices. In a few weeks I will be buying a shiny new lappy and to be honest I really dont think its a range issue.
My phone wont connect in my bathroom , Its floor to ceiling ceramic tiles and at the back of my house so no surprise with that !
I live in London and my place was built in the 50's . Massive through lounge , medium size kitchen ( for London) and a bathroom extension at the back. So.... no party walls ( partition , jack or supporting in the way) and I lose connection , both "up n down " ( only a joist system and one RSJ in the way )
Thanks for the suggestions , means a lot and makes me realise why I use this site !!111!!!