What is a wireless USB adapter used for?

by sogrow team

What is a wireless USB adapter used for?

With the myriad of streaming services offering music, movies, and TV shows on-demand, your entertainment options are endless. However, if your old computer's wireless connectivity capabilities can't meet your high-quality media streaming needs, then all you have are short clips with half-loaded videos. The solution? A wireless USB adapter. It's the easiest and cheapest way to upgrade your old wireless laptop, and it can make all the difference to your internet connection.

What is a wireless USB adapter used for?

A wireless USB adapter overrides your computer's built-in wireless functionality and allows you to connect more quickly and reliably to available network signals through the USB port. Since most computers have at least one USB port, you can generally use it on both laptops and desktops. In addition, the "plug and play" function allows you to remove the device when you do not need it and use it on another computer.

The advantages of a wireless USB adapter 

There are several advantages to using a wireless USB adapter:

It does not require the complicated installation of internal components. It is simple enough that even the most inexperienced user can use it.

It's cheaper than other upgrade solutions because you don't have to pay a service provider to fix it, let alone buy a newer computer with better WiFi access while your current hardware is still working fine.

This breathes new life into an aging machine and gives it a better connection speed (with a power adapter, you can even get MU-MIMO speeds, the fastest in 2016). Your old computer has likely slowed down the network with its low connection speed, so improving speed frees up the rest of your home network for better connectivity. The power supplies also support beamforming, a technology that focuses signals from a wireless router on specific devices rather than transmitting them in one general direction.

Things to know before buying a wireless USB adapter

Even for a simple upgrade, the following points should be considered before purchasing a wireless USB adapter:

If you use your network to watch Netflix broadcasts or play online games, choose an adapter with a high level of data transfer speed, preferably 500 Mbps or more.

Determine the security protocol for your current router. You can find this information by consulting the network settings of a device already connected to the access point or by logging in to the configuration panel of your router. Choose a USB adapter that uses the same protocol, be it WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), WPA (WiFi Protected Access), or WPA2.

Determines whether the device has a single band or dual band signal coverage. Single-band adapters only connect to the 2.4 GHz band, while dual-band adapters work on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The latter offers a more reliable connection and better avoids interference.

Verify that the adapter is compatible with your computer's operating system. The supported operating systems are listed on the adapter package.

Configuring a Wireless USB Adapter 

First, connect your USB adapter to a free USB port on your computer. The computer should recognize the adapter and ask you to install the correct driver. If not, insert the CD that came with the device and install the software manually. When the installation is complete, position the adapter so that it is within range of your router and not blocked by cables, furniture, or other obstacles.

Then simply connect to the nearest wireless access point for easy browsing and streaming. Your computer will perform better with the upgraded network adapter, and you will be more satisfied that you saved the purchase of a new computer.