PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM/New vs. Refurbished

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Mike,

I am looking at getting a NETGEAR WNDA4100 N900 WiFi Dual Band USB Adapter Wireless so I can take my pc from wired to wireless.

The Netgear N900 looks to be a good solution; however I can get a refurbished USB Adapter for about 1/2 of a new one.  Do you know anything about refurbished hardware.  

Would you save the money or go with new?

Thank you,

Johnnie

Answer
Refurbished is fine since they're always reinspected and factory certified.

However, I'm more questioning the USB adapter choice itself. You're going to get better performance and stability from an add-on PCI or PCI Express wireless card. Might be worth looking into.  

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Mike Rigsby

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Areas of expertise: PC Hardware, Peripherals, Barcode Scanners, Printers, and Applications, Networking, Microsoft Applications. I am good at researching issues and have a lot of contacts in the IT industry. So, if I can't directly answer a question I can likely find the answer. Areas I won't be much help in: Apple Computers, Linux, older Networking technologies like Token Ring, or Thick/Thinnet.

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I'm currently a Network Administrator for a contract circuit board manufacturer in Oregon, USA. I've been working on PCs from a hobby standpoint for better than 25 years. I've been doing it professionally for 4+ years.

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http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/275043,opinion-power-users-are-we-a-dying-breed.aspx

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A+ Certification, Network + Certification, MCP, MCDST, MCITP

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