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Edimax EW-7811Un 150Mbps 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter, Nano Size Lets You Plug it and Forget it, Ideal for Raspberry Pi / Pi2, Supports Windows, Mac OS, Linux (Black/Gold)

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  • If you’re looking to go all out, then Asus has some very powerful PCI wireless cards that mount into an available PCI slot on your motherboard and can transfer wireless data up to 1300 Mbps. The advantages of having a PCI wireless card is of course first for the speed, but having one is also convenient. You never have to worry about losing it when moving to a new place, and it also frees up another USB port in your system. Intel, Asus, and Edimax all make USB wireless adapters and PCI wireless cards. Find one that works with your motherboard and current system.

    Wireless networking has added a degree of flexibility and connectivity for both business and personal use that was, until recently, unthinkable. The technology allows for fast and easy setup of a relatively simple network in the home or one that is widespread throughout a business. Further, it does it all without the expensive and inconvenient infrastructure associated with a wired network. Use of USB wireless adapters also allows for making internet connections at an ever-growing number of public locations like cafés and hotels. They also allow for direct ad hoc connections between Wi-Fi enabled devices without the inclusion of infrastructure devices like a router.

  • Wireless adapters allow you to connect to a network without being constrained by a cable. Because most have at least one USB port, USB wireless network adapters can work with a wide variety of computers, and they're also very portable and easy to use.

    And don’t let the small size of typical USB wireless adapters fool you. Their connective capabilities run all the way up to dual band Wireless N networking (like D-Link’s ). But here’s the caveat: A USB adapter might not be able to deliver as strong of a connection over as long of a range as a PCI-based wireless adapter can.

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    When shopping for a USB wireless adapter, consider how much speed you need. 802.11a and 802.11b adapters have maximum data transfer rates of 54Mbps, while 802.11b adapters have maximum rates of 11Mbps. In order to achieve these rates, however, your wireless router must be able to operate at the same speed.

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This is an interesting USB wireless adapter that’s quite a bit larger than a lot of other models on the market. While most are designed to easily fit into your pocket, this one comes with two big antennas that improve performance but make it a bit less practical for travel. You can plug it directly into your computer, but it also includes a cord and docking station for different setup options.