WiFi USB Antenna Buying Tips
Get a Better Connection with a WiFi USB Antenna
Whether you travel with your computer or you live or work in an area where your WiFi signal is weak or slow, a WiFi USB antenna may be of benefit.
These devices can offer a secure connection in some difficult situations. On this page you can find out more about their advantages and what to consider when making a purchase.
Why Buy a WiFi USB Antenna?
A WiFi USB antenna can boost your WiFi connection. They may help you locate a signal and then bring it in significantly stronger. You'll get greater range and a faster connection as well. You will be able to work in areas of your home where you couldn't previously, such as that secluded basement. With them, getting a good signal in your RV, on your boat, or in your hotel room shouldn't be a problem.
Getting 48 to 54Mbps speed with a WiFi USB antenna will allow you to download and stream content, work faster, and enjoy gaming the way it's meant to be. They're perfect for travel and for those who experience a weak signal at home or in the office.
Choosing a WiFi USB antenna isn't too difficult, but here are a few things to think about before you make a purchase:
The primary purpose of the antenna is to increase the range and strength of the WiFi signal you're getting. Choosing one with more power should give you better range. Look for higher mw (milliwatt) and perhaps a high db antenna. For instance, a 1000mw WiFi USB antenna should provide greater range than a 500mw antenna. Many of these devices will also state their operating distance.
You'll want a WiFi antenna that will work with your operating system, your version of Windows, Linux, or Mac, and is compatible with the wireless standard you need IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, and so forth. Many support multiple standards and operating systems.
In most instances, a secure connection is important. You'll want an antenna that supports wireless data encryption. (64/128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 and so on)
When you're traveling, having a small device is important. Check the dimensions and weight. Most of these WiFi USB antennas should weigh no more than a few ounces.
Some of these device have the antenna internally only. This keeps things very portable, however having an external antenna also may increase the range and when detachable, allows you to set the antenna out away from where you are with your laptop. Any such antenna should come with some type of mount; a suction cup, a magnet, or something similar.
There are many outdoor WiFi antennas on the market. If you have the need to use the antenna in an environment where it will likely be exposed to moisture (like on a boat), then opting for a waterproof device is a good idea.