Various Models of Wireless Dual Band Gaming Adapter
Various models of dual band gaming adapter products – types of wireless gaming adapter that support either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands
Dual band environment
It is proven that wireless network operates in the 5 GHz band is cleaner against any form of signal interference or any sort of signal attenuation, and also has more channels than the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Manufacturers do not merely produce wireless routers that only work on 5 GHz band because there are still many wireless clients work on the 2.4 GHz band. That’s why dual band wireless routers are manufactured in order to accommodate the mix band clients.
So is the wireless gaming adapter, many are made with dual band gaming adapter to be able to choose an existing band.
Connecting to the internet
One of the most popular entertainment devices in homes is gaming console including XBOX, Play Station 3, Wii, and more. Many of these are equipped built-in Wi-Fi or Ethernet port. Playing multiplayer games are not limited to the opponent on a local network, but in the internet era allows you to compete with gamer around the world online. At home you can connect the game console to the Internet in order to connect with a community of online gamer.
There are two ways you can connect the console to the Internet either via a network cable directly to your router or via a wireless connection using a wireless gaming adapter. If your network is powered by high speed wireless dual band router with the latest technology, while built-in wifi adapter of your game console is still based on wireless-g, it is a good idea to upgrade to a dual band gaming adapter. To play games via computer, you can use a direct connection to the router via cable or use a dual-band USB wireless adapter.
Novice users have no difficulties at all in connecting the networking devices even though without knowing the networking diagram of the devices. However many users have no idea how networking solution for gaming look like. As general the figure shows the networking diagram of dual band gaming adapter with simultaneous dual band wireless router such as Asus RT-N56U wireless N600 router or the faster one is Asus RT-N66U N900, or even the newest version of wireless ac router such as Asus RT-AC87 AC2400 router as the center of the network.
Dual band gaming adapters
There are various models of wireless dual band gaming adapter available in the market you can consider to buy to have your gaming console get connected to high performance dual band network.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless a/b/g/n gaming adapter
The new generation of XBOX is equipped with a wifi adapter with wireless b/g standard. Certainly wireless b/g adapter cannot connect optimally to a high-performance wifi network for example N750 or N900 wireless router. For that’s why Microsoft offers dual band wireless gaming adapter for the Xbox.
The dual band Microsoft XBOX gaming adapter is compact and high performance design. The good thing is that you don’t need to power the adapter because it is powered by your XBOX console. That is the fortunate of these adapters that are designed to work optimally with your XBOX.
Pros and Cons
There are always positive and negative sides of a device that is usually judged by the customers.
- Powered by XBOX, no clutter of the adapter cable
- Fast and solid connection
- Specifically designed for XBOX 360
Customer’s satisfaction is good with 4.3 out of 5 star customer ratings in Amazon.
Linksys WGA600N Wireless Gaming Adapter
Before some models of the new generation of Linksys wireless bridge devices shipped on the market, WGA600N was very popular as a dual band gaming adapter which can dynamically select the band and the channel automatically to provide the best performance that can be obtained from existing wifi network.
The adapter is compatible with Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation2 or 3, and GameCube and the good thing is that you don’t need the drivers for those gaming consoles. Even this adapter receives 4.4 out of five star customer ratings in compatibility attribute.
The adapter is ideal in connecting to any types of wireless routers and best connecting to any N600 or N750 routers such as the new generation of Linksys EA3500 N750 or Netgear Wndr4300 N750 cloud router.
- Fast connection and good range, with averagely 4.3 out f five star customer ratings
- Automatically change channel and band for best connection available
- Includes only one Ethernet 10/100 port
- Technical support is not good
The wireless ac version of Linksys media connector you may also consider: Linksys WUMC710 Universal media adapter.
D Link DAP-1513 Wireless Dual Band Media Bridge
The above two adapters are used to connect to a single Ethernet-based device. What if you need to connect multiple Ethernet-based devices wirelessly? You can use wireless bridge that includes multiple Ethernet ports (four ports). D Link introduces DAP-1513 dual band Media Bridge to let you connect up to four home theater devices including XBOX, Blu-Ray player and HDTV.
DAP-1513 is 802.11n compliant and is backward compatible with legacy networks. Installation is easy with WPS button for secure connection with WPA/WPA2.
- Includes four ports connecting up to four devices
- Dual band coverage
- Do not support legacy wireless b standards
Buffalo WLI-TX4-AG300N Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter
For practical situations, connecting multiple Ethernet-based devices into a single converter is convenience rather than changing the cable from one device to another (when you use the Internet adapter WNCE3001 Universal or similar) every time you need to run different devices. For example, when your WNCE3001 connect to the XBOX console you need to unplug and plug the network cable into the Blu-Ray when you need to operate the Blu-Ray player. It just creates complications every time you need to unplug from one device and plug it into another device. Buffalo WLI-TX4-AG300N is a better solution for connecting multiple devices.
Buffalo WLI-TX4-AG300N is wireless N compliant with dual band supports delivering high speeds up to 300Mbps. It includes four Ethernet ports suitable connect up to four home theater devices.
- Dual band supports, high speed up to 300Mbps and Four Ethernet ports
- Averagely 4.4 out of five star customer ratings
- Some users found it poor range with b/g network
For best performance, connect your dual band gaming adapter to the wireless N600 / N750 routers. And for a better performance upgrade your router with one of popular wireless AC1200 routers in the market today, or you may also upgrade with high speed wireless AC2400 routers such as Linksys E8350 or Nighthawk X4.