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You may have a desktop PC that you can connect using Ethernet, but you would like to add a Wi-Fi to it for the time being. Here is the best way to do so.

Older models desktop PCs do not usually come with built-in Wi-Fi. So for you to enjoy wireless connectivity on your beige box, you have a few options, you can use either USB Wi-Fi adapter, or PCI-E Wi-Fi card, there are other ways you can add wi-fi connection to your PCs, but we will categorize on this two.

How To Add Wi-Fi To Your Desktop PC Using USB Wi-Fi Adapters:

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USB Wi-Fi adapters, different sizes and types for easy connectivity

You know how you plug your flash drive into your PC’s USB port and it just works? That is almost exactly how a USB Wi-Fi adapter works, which is what makes it the most convenient option. The first time, you may need to install drivers, but from then on, it’s just plug-and-play.

Advantages Of USB Wi-Fi Adapters

The plug-and-play convenience means that you can remove it if it isn’t needed, and use it in another PC.

Since it’s USB, it’s not stocked to the back of your PC. In fact, you can get a solid reception for your wireless computer devices with a USB hub. There are some great USB hubs you can buy which can be placed much further away from your PC, thus giving you a longer range for your USB Wi-Fi adapter too.

Disadvantages Of USB Wi-Fi Adapters

My annoyance with USB Wi-Fi adapters is that if you have set your PC to go into sleep mode, then depending on your adapter or your motherboard, it may stop working.

Though, it doesn’t seem right for such, but apart from actually switching off Sleep Mode, there’s nothing else you can do. And it’s hard to know which PC will be affected by this problem. Sometimes the fault may come from the PC but most times it’s just the latter problem.

Most USB Wi-Fi adapters are cool and good for home connectivity, but PCI cards will truly sky rocket your desktop Wi-fi connections. It’s not that a PCI card can do things that USB adapter can’t do. It’s just that the speed of transfer is usually better and faster on PCI cards, especially when they have multiple antennas.

How To Add Wi-Fi To Your Desktop PC Using Wi-Fi PCI Cards

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Wi-Fi PCI Cards with multiple antennas to make internet surfing easy

USB adapters offer similar type of connectivity that anybody can get on motherboards with follow-come Wi-Fi, unless you use the aforementioned trick of using a USB hub to extend that. For more stable connections across larger distances, and better speed, Wi-Fi PCI cards have worked better in my own experience.

Advantages Of Wi-Fi PCI Cards

The important thing about Wi-Fi PCI cards is that you will get spatial multiplexing over MIMO if that’s supported by your router and card.

If you have limited USB ports on your PC already, the Wi-Fi PCI card helps—you probably aren’t using all the PCI slots on your motherboard anyway.

Disadvantages Of Wi-Fi PCI Cards

To maintain Wi-Fi PCI Cards is something else, because unlike the Wi-Fi USB Adapters, the Wi-Fi PCI Cards are more prone to having faults plus their expensive prices.



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