Wireless networks have become essential to home and work life, but not all devices are able to join a wireless network, particularly older ones. A wireless USB adaptor lets you connect your computer to the internet whatever make or model you have, by plugging your adaptor into the computer’s USB port. You can find information below on why a USB adaptor may be right for you, and how to set up a wireless connection.
A USB adaptor lets you connect wirelessly to networks, even if your device doesn’t have a wireless network card. Once you’ve purchased a USB adaptor, you'll have to see whether it connects automatically to a wireless network. You can find this out in the instruction manual.
There are many reasons why a USB adaptor may be the best wireless set-up for you:
Although USB adaptor and dongle are often used to describe the same thing, they're actually very different devices. A USB adaptor converts a device that isn't Wi-Fi enabled, letting it connect to a wireless network. There needs to be a pre-existing wireless connection available in the location where you want to use your device.
A dongle is a pay-monthly device used for mobile broadband. It works in a similar way to a mobile phone's internet connection. It provides a connection for you, even if there is no wireless network around.