Top 5 Wireless Interface Cards

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Wireless interface cards are essential computer components as they are responsible for sending and receiving radio-based signals and thus allow a computer to connect to a wireless network. Typically, these cards are built into laptop computers, but desktop computers are also adopting wireless interface cards more readily. If a computer is equipped with such a card, it eliminates the need for the lengthy cables that characterise wired connections, and also provides Internet connectivity for other devices. These cards have many features that determine their performance and quality and, with reference to these features, it is possible to distinguish the top products. The top five wireless interface cards are available in high street electronic stores as well as on  sites such as eBay.
1 ASUS PCE-AC66 AC1750 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter
ASUS PCE-AC66 AC1750 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter

The dual-band ASUS PCI-E adapter provides very fast Internet, with a speed of up to 1.3 GHz. Having a dual band means that the ASUS PCE-AC66 works with two different frequencies, namely 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Moreover, thanks to signal boosting, dead spots are eliminated, providing better coverage. The adapter comes with a flexible magnetised antenna for more adjustment options and to better receive the signal. Thanks to the magnet, the device clips onto metal surfaces effortlessly. The PCI-E interface plugs into any desktop motherboard to upgrade the computer with wireless Internet. The interface card comes with a heatsink that ensures reliability by removing heat from the chipset, making it a stable device in all climate conditions.

 
 

2 TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 N900 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter
TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 N900 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter

The TP-Link dual-band PCI-E adapter works with two types of wireless radio signals, namely, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. It thus provides fast Internet access with a speed of up to 450 Mbps, perfect for online gaming and HD video streaming. The wireless connection is reliable and stable, thanks to three detachable and omnidirectional antennas on the device. The connection is secure, as it uses the WPA/WPA2 encryption standards. Setting up the TP-Link TL-WDN4800 is easy, as it comes with a helpful CD. Two modes available on the adapter include infrastructure and ad-hoc mode. The device works with the following operation systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

 
 

3 ASUS PCE-N15 N300 PCI-E Adapter
ASUS PCE-N15 N300 PCI-E Adapter

The ASUS PCE-N15 is compatible with a wide variety of standard PCI Express slots, namely, 1x, 2x, 8x, and 16x. The adapter not only provides wireless connectivity for a desktop computer, but in Software AP mode can also function as an access point for other devices, such as notebooks, tablets, and smart phones. The wireless connection is secure upon flicking the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) switch. The ASUS adapter also supports WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, and WEP security. The device operates at a frequency of 2.4 GHz. The ASUS adapter is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Linux Kernel 2.6 (Ubuntu).

 
 

4 Cisco-Linksys WMP600N N600 Dual-Band PCI Adapter
Cisco-Linksys WMP600N N600 Dual-Band PCI Adapter

The Cisco-Linksys WMP600N PCI adapter is a dual-band device that operates in two radio bands, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, thus giving the user better connection speed and coverage and reducing dead spots. The wireless interface card connects to wireless-G, -B, -A, and -N networks, with the best performance being in the latter. Installing the adapter in a desktop is quick once the adapter is inside the PCI slot, thanks to the step-by-step wizard. WPA2 encryption protects information sent over the Internet and keeps it private.

 
 

5 D-Link DWA-566 rev A1 N300 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter
D-Link DWA-566 rev A1 N300 Dual-Band PCI-E Adapter

The D-Link DWA-566 is a dual-band PCI-E adapter that works with two types of radio signals, allowing users to opt for the one that has less congestion at a given moment. The wireless -N technology in the adapter maximises the wireless signal and speed. Two antennas on the device boost the coverage and speed even further. This adapter is perfect for offices, larger homes, and for multitasking with applications that require lots of bandwidth. The connections are secure thanks to WPA and WEP encryption technology.

 
 

Finding Wireless Interface Cards on eBay

On eBay, you can find wireless interface cards by using the search box at the top of any page. When looking for a specific product, try first with the exact product name, but if the search does not yield the results you want, you can try a more general approach and browse through the results. To make sure that you are dealing with the exact product you are looking for, carefully check the detailed item listing. Read the specifications and compare them to those of the manufacturer. Pay attention to the specifications to make sure of compatibility with computer, Internet speed, interface, and signal types. Should you have any questions or doubts, feel free to contact the seller.
 
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