What USB adapter to choose for your laptop?
We all have spent several nights with our laptops trying to buffer episodes from Netflix yet saw nothing but disappointment. Our routers have spent so much time restarting that even it wants to jump out of the window to relieve itself of the misery of restarting one more day. Several other days, our gaming has taken a hit and your flawless winning streak suddenly starts turning into a series of losses all because your internet connection will not agree with the many bucks you spent trying to speed up your download speed. While it seems all confusing to you, I want you to know, it does make perfect sense.
Your laptop which although was made in the last 4-5 years is unable to keep up with the technology that advances every day. The then popular wireless protocols a/b/g/n running on the wireless adapters of your laptops can’t keep up with the now highly compressed data which is too heavy to be processed by it. Or maybe it has just reached the end of its life and what you’re seeing now is the faint afterglow of its once strong former self. Whatever be the case, a new router or a new fiber line connection will not be able to fix that, you need a Wireless USB adapter and quickly before you smash your old laptop to bits.
The speed that we dream our laptops to run on are absolutely unfathomable and rest within the domain of at least above 400-500 Mbps. Even your new laptops fail to reach such speeds because of the huge difference in speeds that exists between internal and external WiFi USB Adapter. While the internal WiFi adapters are not weak by any chance, they are incomparable to the huge, high gain antennas of these beautiful devices. They are more than just able to process faster speeds; they can seamlessly run at higher speeds even with the obstruction of multiple floors and walls between the routers. Due to these devices running on newer 802.11ac protocol, they can achieve lower data loss and highly reliable overall connection.
Another reason these devices are able to reach these speeds is that of the above-mentioned 802.11ac protocol that they run on. Though currently almost all the devices are blessed with it, laptops before 2015 were not equipped with the said technology as it didn’t exist then. Due to this, you can easily understand that no matter how fast your router or your data connection can be, it won’t let your laptop achieve such speeds.
Let’s talk more about the incredible 802.11ac in these Gigabit USB adapters.
In theory, 802.11ac can reach the demonic speeds of 1300 Mbps in ideal situations, and as an engineer who studied networking in his bachelors; I want to say that, THAT’s A LOT! Comparing it with the old 802.11n protocol which had a total of 4 streams with a channel width of 40MHz and a modulation of 64 QAM, 802.11ac can pump out these impressive number due to the 8 spatial streams which can work on a channel-width of 160MHz. The modulation that allows the over 256 separate signals to traverse at the same time, pushes the speed to these unreal dimensions.
After settling this argument let’s talk about what should you look for to pick up an insanely good USB WiFi Adapter.
What do you need?
First and foremost, leave behind the looks, an extra antenna won’t make the device stream data faster; sometimes a simple looking WiFi USB adapter can outperform strange mean looking ones. Things which it depends upon come down to three things:
- The protocol it supports,
- The type of USB port and,
- The band, it uses.
While you’ll argue that everything needs to be top of the class, you need to stop and think about the devices you’re gonna use it on.
Starting from the Router, find out what protocol your router works on. While most routers these days work on 802.11ac, an old one might not work on the same protocol. Thus buying a USB WiFi adapter that runs on 802.11ac will not prove to be fruitful.
Next comes the USB standard for your laptop; the USB 2.0 supports a data speed of up to 60Mbps; however, USB 3.0 maxes out at 640Mbps. So if the laptop you’ll use it on can’t handle such speeds, the effort is futile.
Finally, the band will depend upon the type of environment you are gonna use the WiFi Adapter in. While a 2.4GHz band can work well in an environment riddled with obstruction, it won’t be able to give you a higher speed. A 5GHz band can promise higher speeds, but at the cost of lower reliability over long distances.
The solution to all your problems can still be with the WicommFi WiFi USB Adapter CF-912AC. This blazingly fast and yet devilishly sleek and handsome device promises speed of up to 1200Mbps. The dual compatibility between USB2.0 and 3.0 will let it work with your old laptops or PCs and still give you a high-speed data transfer rate. The multiple security parameters and the unbelievably fast 802.11ac protocol will let you choose a device that can securely allow you to access the web with an unhinged speed. A simple solution for all your needs of a powerful WiFi adapter. For more information visit: https://www.wicommfi.com