Best Wireless Adapter 2020 [WINNERS] - The Complete Buying Guide


are you a proud desktop PC owner who's

just a bit salty that pcs for all their

superior performance over laptops are

just incapable of connecting to a Wi-Fi

signal well if this is you then you're

in luck because in today's video we'll

be talking about wireless adapters what

these handy little devices do is

basically enable your PC to connect to a

Wi-Fi signal be it from your router a

hotspot or any other source if you've

got more than one PC in your home

chances are you had to be very creative

about getting the ethernet cable to

reach the second PC even if it's in an

adjacent room - the one with the Rooter

so if you'd like to avoid potentially

drilling holes in your walls

there's no device we could recommend

more than a wireless adapter just plug

it in and you're good to go and to help

set you on the right track we'll be

showcasing the five best wireless

readers 20:19 has to offer

across all price ranges and connection

types so without any further ado and

let's begin first up we have a very

basic and inconspicuous adapter from

Netgear the a 6100 it's basically just a

USB stick with only the company logo and

a WPS button on it which makes it an

excellent portable solution that you can

swap between multiple devices plus while

they're most commonly used to bestow

powers of Wi-Fi to a PC wireless

adapters also work wonders with laptops

with many models effectively increasing

the range and stability of your signal

your laptop picks up the a 6100 is a

dual band adapter meaning it operates on

to Wi-Fi frequencies 2.4 gigahertz and 5

gigahertz with the former boasting a

speed of 150 megabits per second and the

latter 433 megabits per second this is

far from being a jaw-dropping speed but

it's still more than good enough for

less performance demanding users the

adapter also uses beamforming technology

which makes the signal that much

stronger and more stable and as we've

mentioned it's got WPS so connecting to

your network is just a simple button

press away overall the a 6100 is a very

handy choice for anyone that's not

looking to take their Wi-Fi game to the

next level just make sure your Rooter is

also dual band because otherwise

you'll effectively only have 150

megabits per second speed to contend

with now if you're looking for something

a bit more powerful than the Netgear

Nighthawk 8 7000 may just be the thing

for you it's a far less inconspicuous

device to put it mildly

what with the bulky main body and a

concealed external antenna but it more

than makes up for it with its

performance in terms of speed it stands

at an impressive 1.9 gigabits divided

into six hundred and thirteen hundred

megabits per second between the two

frequencies plus it still uses

beamforming in addition to the four

antenna we've mentioned making it one of

the most stable and powerful long-range

connections the concealed external

antenna are foldable meaning that the

adapter will take up far less space when

it's not being used plus you get to

decide how to use it as you can either

plug it in directly into a USB port or

you can attach it to the magnetic cradle

that comes with it and plug the cradle

in this clever design makes it so that

you can place the a7000 wherever you see

fit despite the bulky exterior now

granted this isn't exactly a

budget-friendly wireless adapter as far

as adapter prices go but it sure does

make the extra bucks worth it so the

only thing that it has going against it

is that like online Hawk products the

design can be problematic for those who

appreciate a more minimalistic aesthetic

the Belkin and 300 is an adapter more

akin to the a 6100 than anything else it

has the same USB stick design with all

of its portability prospects and the WPS

button for added convenience so what

sets it apart well it's a much more

humble solution that's for sure it's a

single band adapter operating at 300

megabits per second using the dated 802

11 and wireless technology is it good

well on a technical level it's certainly

not the best but if you're looking for

the most budget-friendly solution and

this performance is within the ballpark

of what you need then it's fantastic

granted it doesn't use beamforming so it

won't land you at the most stable signal

at long distances but then again it'll

only set you back $7 suit the only

problem that remains are the dated

drivers the official drivers for the N

300 don't fully support Windows 10 which

is the version of Windows we assume most

of you are using

and as always this means that there is

no guarantee that the device will

function properly all in all the an 300

is a niche product but we can easily see

situations where it's also the optimal

choice and this at a very affordable

price now another thing that's important

when it comes to wireless adapters is to

make the distinction between internal

and external adapters the previous

models were all external ones meaning

that they used a USB port the tp-link

Archer t9e however is the first of the

two internal wireless routers we'll be

talking about in this video now what

this means is that it uses a PCI Express

slot to connect directly to the


obviously this holds some implications

like all devices that can be connected

either via USB or PCI Express ports it

has a healthier connection speed when

connected to the ladder to lay down the

specs for you the Archer t9e is a dual

band router with the maximum throughput

of 1.9 gigabits of which 600 megabits

per second contribute towards the 2.4

gigahertz band and the rest towards the

5 gigahertz brand in addition to the 3

external antenna the adapter also uses

beamforming for the most optimal

connection stability if you're looking

for high end performance then only the

last model on this list can top the

archer t9e as for its shortcomings it

doesn't really have any just remember

that it's incompatible with laptops

since you need to plug the adapter

directly into the motherboard and of

course it's not the most affordable

adapter in this video and how better to

close off this list and with asus is

very own pc e AC 88 if you have an

absolute feast of wireless Rooter and

need an adapter that can keep up with

the pace then you'll be astounded by

what asus has to offer

it's an unusual adapter to say the least

with the PCI Express card that's

separate from the main body of the

adapter and connected by a 4r SMA cables

the external base that hosts the

adapters for detachable antenna is

magnetized and can be easily placed

wherever you see fit so long as the

cable length allows it of course so not

only is finding the optimal placement

for the adapter never an issue but you

can also replace the antenna separately

should some of them

damaged which is definitely a welcome

feature in an adapter this expensive as

for how fast Wi-Fi is let's just say

that it has over three gigabits of speed

to divide between the two frequencies

this means that even the lower 2.4

gigahertz band can handle in upwards of

thousand megabits per second while the

five gigahertz band gets to work with an

impressive 20 100 megabits per second

it's the best of the best but that's

exactly why it's not an adapter for

everyone you have to have an incredibly

fast route or to even consider buying

this in the first place and even then it

can be somewhat of a waste of money

unless you really plan on getting the

most out of it

still if unprecedented Wi-Fi speed is

what you're looking for then the PCE AC

88 will not disappoint now all that's

left is to decide which adapter is the

best for you and to help you with that

we've prepared a few tips that you

should keep in mind when shopping for a

wireless adapter B from this video or

not basically all you have to do is

consider five points and you'll have a

great estimate of what your wireless

adapter should provide the five points

are number one your internet connection

speed number two which Wi-Fi technology

your Rooter uses number three how many

beds does your Rooter operate on number

four how do you want to connect the

adapter and number five how strong can

you expect your signal to be so let's

briefly go over these five points with

regards to your connection speed you

should obviously take care not to get an

adapter that can't keep up with the

speed your Rooter is dishing out but

even more importantly you don't want to

get an adapter that's way faster than

your Rooter if your adapter can support

gigabit wireless transfer speeds but you

have a 10 megabit ADSL connection and

you're just wasting money as for the

Wi-Fi technology that your Rooter uses

you should really only expect to

encounter 802 dot 11ac in 802 11 and

technologies in this day and age they're

both fully backwards compatible so it's

not too big of an issue if the adapter

and the Rooter don't match but 11 AC is

the newer and significantly faster

technology what's much more important is

to take into consideration whether you

have a single or a dual band Rooter if

you have a single band Rooter then there


absolutely no use in getting it to a

band adapter as the higher frequency

will literally be doing nothing

additionally you should weigh the pros

and cons of both USB and PCI Express

adapters the former are a bit slower but

much more portable while the latter have

a faster and more stable signal but also

usually cost more and may lead to some

incompatibility issues since you're much

more likely to have an unoccupied USB

port than a free PCI Express port of

course if you're a laptop user then you

don't have to worry about this choice at

all and finally there is the matter of

how powerful and stable a signal you can

expect the adapter to provide this will

depend mostly on the type and number of

antenna the adapter has internal antenna

are much more inconspicuous but they

don't make for as stable a signal as

external antenna do also the more

antenna there are the better off you'll

be we have to emphasize however that

internal antenna aren't bad at what they

do they're just better off use where

there aren't too many walls between them

and Rueter one wall they can handle

multiple not so much so just remember to

follow these steps before finalizing the

purchase and you can't go wrong and that

about does it for this video we hope

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