With the plethora of streaming services offering on-demand music, movies, and TV shows, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet of entertainment possibilities at your fingertips. But if your older computer’s WiFi functionality can’t meet the demands of streaming high-quality content, all you’ll have is meager, half-buffered clips. The solution? A USB WiFi adapter. It’s the easiest, most cost-effective way to upgrade your older WiFi laptop, and it can make a world of difference for your Internet connection.
A USB WiFi adapter overrides the computer's built-in wireless functionality, giving you a faster, more reliable connection to your available network signals through the USB port instead. Since most computers have at least one USB port, you’ll typically be able to use it on both laptops and desktops. Plus, the plug-and-play convenience means you can remove the device when it's not needed to use in another computer.
There are several benefits of using a USB WiFi adapter:
Even for a simple upgrade, there are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a USB WiFi adapter:
Begin by inserting your USB adapter into an available port on your computer. The machine should recognize it and prompt you to install the proper driver, but if it doesn't, insert the CD that came with the device so you can install the software manually. Once the installation is complete, position the adapter so it's within range of your router and isn't obscured by cables, furniture, or other obstacles.
Then it’s just a matter of connecting to the nearest WiFi Access Point and you’re ready to surf and stream with ease. Your computer will run faster with the updated network adapter, and you’ll be happier having saved a chunk of change on buying a new computer.