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What Is A Wireless USB Dongle?

A wireless dongle is a small device that converts WiFi signals to a USB signal.   Adapter and dongle are often used interchangeably to describe a small wireless electronic device.   For example a wireless mouse that has its own USB adapter that transmits wirelessly to the mouse is often called a dongle.   Most often though when… Read More »

Top Linux Compatible USB Wireless Adapters

Getting a good USB wireless adapter to work with Linux used to be a problem but less so now with many available.   It is the chipset of a WiFi dongle that makes it compatible with Linux.   Popular chipsets include the Ralink 3070, Atheros AR9271, and Realtek 8187.   Range A dongle with a large external antenna… Read More »

USB 2.0 Vs USB 3.0 Wireless Adapters

USB 3.0 was introduced in November 2008 and become wide spread a few years later.   Although USB 3.0 has been available awhile doesn’t mean all devices are compatible. Even today in 2016 many devices are only USB 2.0 compliant.   USB 2.0 is great for basic input output of devices from a mouse to a wireless USB… Read More »

Top Wireless Internet Adapters for PC

Wireless internet adapters for a PC come either as a built-in card or as a external USB adapter.   Built in cards can be beneficial since they are often faster and out of the way.   External USB adapters are easier to setup since they plug into a USB port and there is no need to open up… Read More »

What Is The Fastest USB WiFi Adapter Of 2016

PCWorld did a test on six of the fastest USB WiFi adapter with 802.11ac and found the Wireless-AC1200 USB 3.0 WiFi Adapter to be the fastest.   This is good news if you have recently upgraded your router to 802.11ac and your computer only uses Wireless-N.   Many computers don’t currently have 802.11ac compatibility. If your computer falls… Read More »

Best USB 3.0 Wireless-AC Adapters 2016

802.11ac was introduced in 2013 and is the newest WiFi protocol.   802.11ac also called Wireless-AC has a number of new features that give it advantages, and even some disadvantages, to the last WiFi protocol Wireless-N.   Speed The biggest advantage a 802.11ac USB adapter has over older protocols is speed.   Depending on the version of 802.11ac… Read More »