WiFi can lack at times and depends on many factors as to why it is not transmitting well.
Many things can disrupt a WiFi signal from walls and other wireless devices, to a microwave oven.
Even though there are many things that degrade a signal there are things that can be done to get a better signal.
Having a good router is a start but individual devices also need to be able to send and receive a good broadcast.
UBS adapter with high gain antennas are one such option to help a laptop or desktop send and receive better and improve performance.
Below is our picks for the best long range WiFi dongles.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
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Our Picks for Best WiFi USB Adapters with High Gain Antennas
- Panda PAU09
- TP-Link WN722N
- Alfa Long-Range Dual-Band AC1200
Panda Wireless PAU09 N600 Dual Band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wireless N USB Adapter W/Dual 5dBi Antennas – Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, Mint, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora, Centos, Kali Linux and Raspbian
Panda makes many good WiFi adapters including the PAU09.
The compatibility is also good from Windows 10 to Linux.
The one downside is it doesn’t use the new 802.11ac protocol but the 802.11n.
Still it is a good wireless adapter that will help boost the range of a wireless signal.
TP-Link Nano USB Wifi Dongle 150Mbps High Gain Wireless Network Adapter for PC Desktop and Laptops. Supports Win10/8.1/8/7/XP Linux 2.6.18-4.4.3, Mac OS 10.9-10.15 (TL-WN722N)
The TP-Link WN722N is a notorious USB adapter that has been available for awhile and still going strong.
One of the things that makes it stand out is the wireless chipset it uses Atheros AR9271. This chipset allows for it to go into monitor mode which is necessary when Pen testing a WiFi signal.
For this reason it is widely uses in the Pen Tester community for doing wireless attacks.
It also has a 4dBi omni-directional antenna for improved coverage.
While still widely used it is only a 2.4GHz dongle and wont work in the new 5GHz frequency. Since most all router are dual band and work in both ranges this isn’t usually a problem.
It is a 802.11n adapter so it also doesn’t work with the new 802.11ac protocol and will default to Wireless-N speeds (150Mbps).
With that said for the price it is still a very popular unit and a nice upgrade over a built-in wireless or adding better distance to a device.
Reliable, low cost, durability, along with multi purpose use make it a unit worth looking at.
Alfa Long-Range Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter w/2x 5dBi External Antennas – 2.4GHz 300Mbps/5GHz 867Mbps – 802.11ac & A, B, G, N
Alfa AC 1200 is another nice USB adapter built for long range and all the new WiFi protocols.
It has USB 3.0 so there will be no bottle-necking at the USB port, as long as the computer has USB 3.0 otherwise it will default to USB 2.0 speeds.
The newest 802.11ac WiFi protocols are used and is a dual band dongle that works in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
Alfa is another well known manufacture in the Pen testing community with the AWUS036ACH able to go monitor mode and is built for speed and range.
It has 2 external removable 5 dBi antennas, being able to remove them means they can easily be upgraded to a larger 8-12 dBi antennas.
Clips are included with it able to move about if necessary for better reception.
If you are looking for very good range and newest WiFi protocols the Alfa AWUS036ACH is definitely worth a look.
There are many good long rang WiFi adapter built with high gain antennas available.
The above units are simply ones we have found that wok well and do what they were made to do.
Keep in mind the best WiFi dongle will not fix other bad spots in a wireless network such as the router.
Adapters like those above are built to improve signals but there are other options depending on the scenario such as wireless boosters.
Do you have a favorite unit that has improved your signals let us know in the comments below.