There's a lot to like about this USB wireless adapter which combines terrific performance and easy setup. This is a USB 3.0 adapter though it’s compatible with USB 2.0 if you need it, but 3.0 will give you the best speed and performance. Although this works with older 802.11n and previous versions of Wi-Fi for optimal connectivity, it’s designed to work with newer Wireless-AC1200 networks. This gives you a wireless connection that can handle up to 867Mbsp over a 5GHz network, much faster than older wireless standards. You can connect this adapter directly into a USB port which flips open to function as an antenna, but it also includes a connection cord as well. An included docking station lets you then set the adapter itself wherever you need to for the best wireless reception, giving you great set-up flexibility.
If you're looking for a USB wireless adapter that’s a bit more stationary, then give this one a good look. While somewhat portable, the very large antennas on this pick make it a bit less convenient than other models which fit into your pocket. This model uses a USB 3.0 connection for optimal transfer speeds, includes support for Wireless-AC1200 standards, as well as backwards compatibility for Wireless-N and earlier networks.
The adapter itself is fairly small and can connect directly into a USB port, though the large antennas can make it too heavy to easily sit in the back of a computer tower. This is offset by a USB cord and docking station that you can use to set the adapter in a more remote location to better pick up your wireless signal. The cradle is designed well and provides better support for the large antennas which makes this a great option for a more stationary setup. This high-power model is great if you need to pick up a wireless signal over a fairly long range as it has a boosted transmit signal so you can get data to and from wireless networks more effectively than with many other models.
This is a Wireless-AC1900 model which gives you pretty much the best speed and signal quality you’ll find on the market. It has dual-band support with 600+1300Mbps which lets you take full advantage of the best wireless routers and modems out there and it’s also backwards compatible with older Wireless signal types. The detachable antenna module gives you great options for picking up a wireless signal while its three antennas can be connected directly to the back of the card, or used with the module to position for the best signal possible. It supports 64-bit and 128-bit wireless security protocols and the custom heat sink is designed to handle long-term, demanding use without losing stability.
This is a solid wireless adapter overall, it's just not as fast as some other cards on the market. Wireless-AC1200 support lets you handle most tasks with great speed and performance, but Wireless-AC1900 just has better top-end data rates. This is still a great option for most tasks, with dual-band support that can handle web browsing, online chat, VoIP calling, as well as online gaming. You get two antennas with this card, which is sufficient but lacks some of the performance of three antennas.
This model can connect directly to the antennas, but also includes a module you can connect through a cable to position them wherever you need for optimal signal strength. If you don’t need Wireless-AC1900, then this is a great option and probably ideal for most such setups. Plus, it also has a great heat sink for handling intense, long-term use without losing stability or performance.
This is a solid wireless adapter which supports Wireless-AC1900 standards, so it runs fast and offers dual-band performance with 600+1300Mbps data rates. It is a great choice for demanding tasks such as streaming hours of HD media or playing online games that require low latency and fast data rates. You get three antennas on this card for great for signal reception and performance, but they only connect directly to the card. If your computer is in a location with good signal quality, then that is not a problem. However, the lack of a module means you can’t easily position the antennas in the optimal location. It has a very good heat sink to handle long-term use without heat issues. On a final note, Rosewill products aren’t typically found on a wide range of sites or in stores which limits where you can buy this model.