Various Models of Wireless AC Adapters
Why wireless AC1200 Adapters
Currently there is no new laptop that comes with built-in wireless ac adapter if arguably still very few. Mostly they come with built-in high speed up to 450Mbps wireless adapter when it was used to compensate for the high speed of the wireless N900 routers with speeds of up to 450Mbps each band, you can mention Intel Ultimate N 633ANHMW wireless mini PCI-express card for laptops.
Today as you can see that there come various models of high speed wireless ac routers with the speeds of up to 1300Mbps in 5GHz band such as Asus RT-AC66U wireless ac1750 router or Netgear R6300 wireless ac1750 router or even R7000 Nighthawk with ultimate speeds of up to 1900Mbps total bandwidth.
In order for your laptops or desktops to catch up the gigabit speed of the wireless ac network powered by high speed wireless ac routers then you need to upgrade them with wireless ac adapter. There are various models of gigabit speeds of wireless ac1200 adapters have been around for a while in the market you can buy. See also best wireless AC USB adapters and business class AC access point.
This wireless USB adapter looks bulky with the addition of the stand and the external antenna. You need them altogether, and you can put on the table with antenna directed to the source of the router located far away from your laptop. You can also insert it directly to the USB port of your laptop without the stand to eliminate the clutter of the USB cable.
- Based on 802.11ac technology
- Selectable dual band speeds of up to 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz
- Based on USB 3.0 technology (10x faster than USB 2.0)
- High gain dipole external antenna with Asus AiRadar technology and 2x internal antennas
- OS supports Windows and Macs
Compared with Linksys WUSB6300, Asus comes with high gain external antenna while Linksys comes with 2x internal antennas. Even though it is compatible with USB 2.0 port, for optimal performance and works based on wireless AC technology you require USB 3.0 port of your laptop / desktop. You may also like Asus USB-N66 USB adapter which can also be configured as wireless access point.
Today you can find new models of Asus USB adapter – the Asus USB AC68 adapter
Like the previous Linksys series wireless USB AE2500, WUSB6300 is also packed with a flat and compact model. This adapter can be directly attached to the USB port of your laptops as it does on Asus USB-AC56 without the stand. Unlike Asus with Windows and Mac supports, Linksys comes with Windows OS support only.
- Based on wireless 802.11ac – ac1200
- Selectable dual band with speeds of up to 867 Mbps on wireless-AC 5 GHz band or up to 300 Mbps on wireless-N 2.4 GHz band
- 2x internal antenna
- Comes with USB 3.0 port
- OS supports Windows
The price is around $69. There are not many differences compared with Asus USB-AC56 except the addition of external antenna and the stand (with USB extension cable) on Asus.
Like Linksys with a stick like model, D-link DWA-182 comes like wireless USB adapter in general like USB flash disk with a cap.
- Based on wireless AC1200 with integrated antenna
- Selectable dual band with speeds of up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz in wireless N) or 867Mbps (5GHz on wireless ac)
- Based on USB 3.0 port
- OS supports Windows
- Setting up is simple by pressing the WPS Push Button
Upgrade your laptops or desktops with these models of wireless ac USB adapter, Asus USB-AC56, Linksys WUSB6300 or D-link DWA-182 if your current wifi network is powered by high speed wireless AC routers such as Asus RT-AC66U, Linksys EA6900 AC1900 or D-link DIR-868L.
See also new generations of wireless AC USB adapters – Top 5 USB wireless AC adapters. Or you may consider upgrading your wireless network with mesh wireless router, see top 10 mesh wireless router such as Asus Lyra or Orbi or eero mesh router
Cheers, Ki G