The 7 Best Wi-Fi USB Adapters

MakeUseOf | 4/23/2019 | Dan Price
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Wi-Fi USB adapters are a quick and easy way to add Wi-Fi connectivity to any of your devices. They don’t require a knowledge of how to install hardware, they don’t need cables, and they’re highly portable.

But which are the best Wi-Fi USB adapters on the market today?

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1. Best Wi-Fi Adapter:

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USB Wi-Fi adapters come in many different forms. Some focus on power; others on portability.

If you want the best-in-class Wi-Fi USB adapator in range and power, the Trendnet TEW-809UB should be top of your list.

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The device’s four external aerials provide 100 yards of coverage before a drop-off in performance. Each antenna is 5dBi. The adapter uses the AC1900 standard with speeds of 1,300Mbps on 802.11ac and 600Mbps on 802.11n. It supports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 and has beamforming, but not MU-MIMO.

Of course, the downside to the Trendnet TEW-809UB is the adapter’s size. It’s larger than some routers, making it not the best choice for anyone who values portability.

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2. Best Nano Wi-Fi Adapter:

At the other end of the scale is the TP-Link Archer T2U Nano. It is one of the best nano Wi-Fi adapters. It’s no bigger than a Bluetooth connector for a mouse.

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Of course, given its small size, the Archer T2U Nano is not as powerful as the larger adapters. This makes it ideal for those on-the-go, hoping to get online for some light browsing.

The TP-Link Archer T2U Nano lets you connect to 802.11 a/c 2.4GHz networks at 200Mbps and at 433Mbps on 5 GHz. And with 64/128 WEP, WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK security, it’s an excellent choice for anyone who wants to stay safe on public networks. The adapter can also be used as a hotspot.

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3. Best Wi-Fi Adapter for Gaming:

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