A wireless adapter is a device that lets a desktop computer or laptop connect to the Internet or a network of other similar devices without the use of cables. An efficient ASUS wireless adapter sends data to a router using radio waves. The router then relays the received data to an internal network or a broadband modem and therefore completes the circuit. Most modern laptops and tablets have an inbuilt wireless adapter while most desktops require adapter installation.
Wireless network adapters employ various technologies such as USB wireless, PCI, PCMCIA and Mini PCI. The technologies entail internal adapter cards and are easy to install. The wireless USB WiFi adapter is the most popular choice since it plugs into any of the USB ports available on a laptop or desktop computer. Any user can quickly connect the WiFi adapter into their machine. The hard drive adapters work on most operating systems’ software, which makes them versatile.
A PCI express WiFi adapter plugs into a computer via a PCI express port on the machine’s motherboard. Locating this port is easy for a user with basic knowledge in network connector adapters. PCI-e adapters have at least two antennas, and some come with even more. Multiple antennas boost signal reception which, in turn, delivers high-speed network communication. Most of these ASUS wireless adapters also have Bluetooth capability for seamless communication among devices.
A WiFi dongle for your PC is similar to a USB WiFi adapter, although they are two distinct computer accessories. The plug and play device works both in the U.S. and abroad, making it especially convenient for users who are frequent travelers. In addition to being light and portable, a WiFi dongle offers a secure internet connection nearly anywhere. It is a budget-conscious accessory that makes computing in remote locations easier than ever.
USB wireless, PCI, PCMCIA and Mini PC ASUS adapters all provide cable-free access to networks and the internet. They work as data adapters to convert binary electronic data to radio-frequency (RF) signals and vice versa. This enables communication between the computer and its network or internet resources. Compatibility between an adapter and the desktop or laptop to which it plugs in enhances the wireless performance. Each adapter has a bandwidth that enables the seamless transfer of data. Most adapters cover a range of approximately 200 feet (60.96 meters). To secure your wireless network, ASUS adapters have an encryption option that offers password protection. The encryption comes in the form of the protocols WEP, WPA or WPA2. The WPA2 protocol is the most efficient protection option. The WPA is also a significantly reliable encryption protocol.