Wireless USB adapter vs. PCIe Adapters
It has always been interesting for me to see that two products, companies or teams which are competing in a similar domain are never short of fans which are supporting them. There are somehow always an equal number of people which are rooting for the different teams and this exists everywhere in the world in all the possible fields; whether it is iOS vs. Android, Mac vs. Windows or even Real Madrid vs. F.C. Barcelona. The fact that this rivalry exists, to me, is the greatest thing that can happen to any product in the market. There are a few reasons for that. A healthy competition and a large fan base always keep a company or a team on its toes. There is no time to rest when you know your competition can overtake you or build something that can outperform your products. Although to the companies this sometimes pushes too far, the overall winner is at the end the humankind. This is because as much as farther as the companies push their limits, humankind goes that far along too in terms of seeing better products or services. Thus, if you don’t keep pushing yourself without a healthy competition, you might slack off somewhere and leave behind an opportunity to catch onto to the pace you should have otherwise.
This somehow happened with the PCIe Adapters. While they thought themselves to have defeated the once-promising Wireless USB adapters when they once came out due to their not so impressive speeds, low to the average wireless range and high prices, the sudden rise in the popularity of these USB adapters took PCIe adapters by surprise. During its time in darkness, USB adapters kept finding ways to empower themselves and today stand as a threat to the PCIe adapters. How have they gained this ground? Well, let’s first look at where the PCIe adapter stands today and why they are still popular.
PCIe adapters or Peripheral Component Interconnect Express are installed directly on your motherboard. This would be done using an expansion port which depends on the type of PCIe adapter you’re installing. This would also depend upon the PCI card that you need to install on your system. The overall process somehow involves you to open up your PC install an adapter and then a card on it. Sometimes there is an external antenna that can be attached to the PCI card so you can extend the range of the same.
Although it sounds a bit too complicated, PCI adapters have been worth the effort. The high speeds and the wide range that they provide are all acceptable as per the effort it takes to install them. You can have them installed on your PC or desktop and can replace the same on your Laptop too. The saved USB ports then and now is a huge blessing to the gamers as there is nothing more important to them than an empty port which they can use to install a plethora of gaming devices. This, however, would require you to open up your workstation as it is installed on the motherboard.
Wireless USB Adapters:
Due to the sheer effort, it took to install the PCI adapters on the system, wireless USB adapters were introduced to the world as they provided a mobile solution for all your wireless needs. Apart from the easy installation, wireless adapters saved a lot of peo
ple from having to become a desktop engineer by opening their systems and installing it themselves.
The first generation of USB adapters was unable to keep up with the violent speeds that PCI adapters provided. They were also limited to the technology of their time and due to the unavailability of USB 3.0 somehow were unable to provide seamless speeds to the PC themselves.
The high cost and ineffective functionality all made them perform terribly at the market then. This however changed drastically when the wireless and USB technologies advanced in the world.
As the quality of the wireless standard increased in the wireless world and stood at the 802.11 ac standard that promises Giga-level speeds to its users, the Wireless USB adapters took notice. The introduction of USB 3.0 allowed them to transfer data at a higher rate and the availability of technology everywhere and its demand reduced the cost of an average wireless USB adapter.
Then ushered in the age of wireless USB device which was unimaginable fast, and owning it didn’t hurt the pocket. With the incredibly fast 802.11 ac wireless standard running their network engine along with the USB 3.0 providing unrelenting speeds to the wireless USB devices, they performed as well as any PCIe card present in the market today. Thus began the rivalry you see today.
The competition has intensified and is still being fought hard by both the sides. PCIe adapters have allowed users to tap into even faster speeds than before. The wireless USB devices, even though not at speeds such as that, still own the edge due to its high mobility rate and the ease of use. The plug and play feature will outbid the complexity of installing a PCIe card, any day. This allows it to be installed even on devices with a faulty PCI card quickly without the need of replacing one.
Although the Wireless USB devices have all entered the race, a clear leader has been emerging for a long while now. The WicommFi Wireless USB adapter provides the user an opportunity to push the speeds up to 1200 Mbps due to the brilliant 802.11ac standard, its ability to run at 5.8 GHz frequency and USB 3.0 fast access. The internal antenna that can connect to the internet from any part of the house gives you a wide range to access the internet. With a device like this, the competition of the PCI adapters gets even tougher. The easy to install, plug and play feature along with the push and connect WPS button will let you have access to the internet in a matter of seconds.
WicommFi wireless USB adapters are a door which can give you access to the next generation of internet.