By Ki Grinsing
Old generation laptops are not equipped with Wi-Fi adapter, mostly. But today Wi-Fi adapter is typically embedded into the motherboard of the laptops (actually inserted into the mini PCI slot). And many desktop computers are not equipped with Wi-Fi adapter except the branded ones. Wireless USB adapter is the easiest adapter to install to either desktop or laptop computers. Just insert the adapter into the available USB port, install the driver and you can easily connect to the network wirelessly. On the other hand you need to open the computer case when you need to install the wireless PCI adapter into the desktop computer, not the laptops.
In home with your wireless network, you can add the mini wireless USB adapter into your old generation laptops with Belkin mini wireless USB should the distance is not so far. But in harsh environment where connecting wireless clients in long distances would not be possible using mini or standard wireless USB adapter, you may consider high power wireless USB adapter such as Alfa high power 2000mW USB adapter or Amped high power 600mw USB adapter.
Belkin Mini Wireless USB Adapter
- Powered by the latest wireless N150 standard – delivering up to 150mbps, ideal in connecting to any new generation of your Belkin wireless routers.
- Ideal for simple networking tasks such as Internet browsing, emailing and file sharing and printing
- Ultra-compact design
- Support wireless security WPA/WPA2 with WPS push button
Should your wireless network is powered by wireless N300 or N600 routers such as Belkin N600 DB or new Belkin N750 DB, you may consider the Belkin N300 wireless USB adapter. This one is a little bit longer in design and is delivering high speeds up to 300Mbps.
Alfa High Power 2000mW Adapter
Alfa AWUS036NHR is high power 2000mw wireless USB adapter with high power Omni-directional antenna. This is ideal wireless USB adapter you can Install in harsh environment that demand high power adapter for best signal reception such as in workshop, warehouses, or whole large offices.
- Powered by the 802.11b/g/n standard delivering speed up to 150Mbps
- Includes 5dBi Omni-Directional Antenna and a 7dBi Panel Antenna and a 5m (16.4 Feet) USB Cable
- Embedded with Realtek Chipset – Strongest on the Market
- Includes driver for Windows 2000, XP 32/64, Vista 32/64, Windows 7 – Mac (10.4.x/10.5.x/10.6.x) Power PC& PC
- Wide range of wireless security encryption including WEP; WPA/WPA2 , TKIP, AES4n, 802.1X support, WPA-PSK, WPA II-PSK, Cisco CCX support, WAPI-PSK, WAPI-CERT
Generally installing the wireless network in harsh environments, high power wireless access point is used such as Amped AP600EX High Power Wireless N 600mW Access Point. Or you may consider installing high power wireless range extender such as SR600EX Amped Wireless High Power Wireless-N 600mW Pro Smart Repeater.
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