In order to connect to the internet, we need a net connection – wired or unwired. If you don’t move about much, wired medium is definitely the best option for you.
But if you move around a lot, you have no other option apart from wireless internet.
Once such example of wireless internet is WiFi Adapter.
Best Budget Wi-Fi Adapters in India in 2017
Mini WiFi Receiver is one of the cheapest of the lot. But the device has some really great reviews on Amazon India and is rated as 4.5 stars.
It is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux and Mac. This adapter does not run on batteries, hence there would be no additional cost once it is bought.
It is as light as 5 grams and has 10 x 10 x 10 cm dimensions. This adapter also supports advanced wireless encryption and easy installations.
Mini WiFi Receiver has an internal antenna which makes it very easy to handle.
It has USB 32-bit 2.4 GHz Reversed AMA, 64/128-bit WEP.TKIP and allows speed up to 150 Mbps.
Wi-Fi Receiver can work on WIN2K, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Linux OS. It is as lights as 18 grams and measures 9.8 x 9.2 x 1 cm.
It does not run on battery and offers a speed up to 300 Mbps. It complies with various IEEE standards such as 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b.
CCA technology ensures that your connection does not overlap with other connection and make it weak. WPS makes the connection secure. It also has WPA/WPA2 AND WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions.
Terabyte 802 Wi-Fi Receiver works effortlessly Windows 2000, XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, it does not work on Mac.
It offers a big range of the diameter 50-100 m in the inside and 100-200 m on the outside. The speed which is offered by Terabyte 802 Wi-Fi Receiver is 300 Mbps.
The device does not run on batteries and support 802.11bgn network. It can itself work as a hotspot as well.
Terabyte 802 Wi-Fi Receiver can adjust itself according to any noise in the channel so that user experience in un-compromised. Thus it works in a much better way as compared to the traditional LAN.
The device is quite a bulky device weighing 118 grams and has 12.4 x 10 x 0.8 cm dimension.
This Wifi dongle is slightly different from the others. It comes with an external antenna.
The external antenna can be a bummer and not act in favor of anyone who wants to buy the device. It can be a hindrance when it’s connected to a machine and especially when traveling. There are chances that it might get damaged very easily, if not taken care of.
But if you want to use it at a stationary place it’s a great option if we consider the speed. It’s compatible with 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11n standards.
Wifi Wifi USB WiFi Dongle allows a maximum speed up to 600 Mbps. All the other Wi-Fi adapters allow just half of its speed. The device is slightly a bulky device weighing 41 gram and measures 18.8 x 9 x 1.6 cm. It does not have any batteries on any physical button. In terms of computers, it supports – Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Linux and Mac. Unfortunately, it does not support 2 of the newer Windows versions.
Wayona WYN 12 can be used in Mac, Linux, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Widows 8. There is a CD for the installation of this wireless adapter.
It’s very small and weighs only 18 grams and measures 11.8 x 10.8 x 1.4 cm only. The small size also enables the other USB ports to be used when this is plugged in.
This adapter is compliant with 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n standards. It provides four times better speed and three times better reception. It allows speed up to 150 Mbps.
The connections made by Wayona WYN 12 are secured by WPA/WPA2 security. You can also use this adapter to transfer files.
It comes with MT6701 chipset.
A tiny as it is, TP-Link TL-WN725N weighs only 5 gram and measures 1.8 x 1.5 x 0.8 cm only. The mini size makes the other ports accessible even when this adapter is plugged in.
It has a processor and supports 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n networks. The installation of the device is very simple. Also, it is available in 14 different languages.
It comes with easy installation so that anyone can install it on their machines. The connections are made secure with the help of WPA/WPA2 AND WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions.
It offers a speed up to 150Mbps. SoftAP Mode helps to convert the WiFi Adapter into a hotspot.
The device was launched in 2013 and has developed a wonderful rating of 4.3 out of 4 stars.
TP-Link TL-WN823N is a big device with 33 x 29.5 x 31.5 cm dimensions and weighs 91 grams.
This adapter comes with CD to be installed. However, the CD installation is a very easy task and can be done by anyone. The CD installation also brings to you 24/7 technical support and 2 years of warranty.
Being an expensive adapter, it has a lot of extra features. It has a processor, DRAM memory and supports 802.11B, 802.11G and 802.11n networks.
TL-WN823N offers a speed of 300 Mbps. MIMO technology makes it give a very stable and reliable connection which can be used in wireless devices.
SoftAP mode converts the adapter into a wireless hotspot device. The device also comes with one touch security to offer a fast as well as secured internet connection.
Note: It is advised to unplug the Wi-Fi Adapter when not in use.
Wi-Fi Adapters are very handy if you travel a lot. If you do a lot of work on the Internet, then there are high chances of you carrying a laptop with you as well.
Wi-Fi Adapters can be plugged in anywhere to access the net. However, it has its own share of disadvantages as well. One of your USB ports is taken and these adapters are quite big and it is tough to access the other ports.
But there are a bunch of benefits of using once such Wi-Fi adapter in our computers or laptops. They are as follows:
- Installation is as easy as pie
I have used pen drives that required proper installation with respective CDs to be used. But that was long back. Now, any wireless device comes with pre-installed software which cuts down on installing drivers. Same is the case of Wi-Fi Adapter.
Even if they come with CDs, firstly they’re very easy to install and secondly, they offer round the clock support.
On the other hand, Ethernet cables are so much to start work with.
Wireless devices are often deemed to be unsecured. During wired time, the only way to access a device was with the help of Ethernet cable only.
As we stepped into the era of wireless devices, the chances of our devices getting hacked increased.
There are always engineers who are working to keep adapters and computers safe. You need not worry about being hacked unless you won something very successful.
- Go wireless
This is definitely a bonus point for any individual. The wires are never of the right size, either they are too long or they are too small. Mostly, the former.
I have often seen my office going friends and juniors prefer wireless Wi-Fi Adapter as it gives them the freedom to move about in the house and/or keep their spaces clutter-free.
- Multiple devices
Wi-Fi Adapters are not meant to be loyal to the one and only device it is first plugged with. The only requirement of using a Wi-Fi Adapter is USB port.
USB ports are found in all types of computer and laptops, whether Mac or Windows. This makes these adapters very user-friendly and easy to use.
That was our bit on Wi-Fi Adapters, what are they, how they work, their advantages and disadvantages. We have also included a list of best budget Wi-Fi Adapters in India in 2017.
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