What is a Wireless Network Adapter? Types and Benefits

What is a Wireless Network Adapter?

As the time progresses, every traditional approach is being replaced with the modern and advanced technical devices and gadgets. The older (or even some modern) computers use Ethernet cables for using the internet connection. Today, most of the PC owners use a wireless network adapter to access the web. It is a small device that fits into a USB port of a PC and allows to use the internet connection without messing with cables.

The best WiFi adapter works with both the Windows and Mac systems and allows to have a seamless and reliable wireless internet connection.

What is a Wireless Network Adapter

What does a Wireless Adapter do?

First thing first. To use a wireless adapter, you need a wireless router to provide wireless connectivity. The WiFi router transmits wireless signals which are captured by the devices equipped with wireless adapters and cards. The WiFi adapter enables your computer or laptop to use the internet wirelessly. It provides LAN (Local Area Network) connectivity in your office or home. It also upgrades your PC to use the latest wireless protocols to have fastest and safest wireless transmission over the network.

A wireless adapter offers the best internet connection with super fast speed and support of the latest wireless security encryption protocols on your laptop or computer.

Types of Wireless Adapters

1) External WiFi Adapter

The external WiFi adapter adds a WiFi connectivity to the desktop PCs. Not only this but the older laptops which do not have the WiFi capability can be upgraded to the WiFi connection with the WiFi adapter.

2) Bluetooth

A Bluetooth adapter does not have the capability of providing internet access, but it allows to have a wireless data transfer between the multiple Bluetooth enables device like computers, keyboards, mice, etc.

3) Cellular Wireless Adapters

The cellular modems which are also known as broadband adapters, air cards, or broadband cards give the capability of accessing 3G or 4G internet network service on the smartphones.

4)"N" WiFi PCI Card

By plugging into the PCI slot of your computer or laptop, the "N" WiFi PCI Card adds the 802.11n wireless standard to your device.

Wireless Adapter - Benefits

There are so many advantages of a wireless adapter on which we have to write a couple of pages to describe in detail. So, here we will highlight some of the main advantages and benefits of an external WiFi adapter.

  • You will not require Ethernet cable anymore

In older times, we had to sit near the internet router to use the web on our computers or laptops. Landline phones were used to get the connections to the internet networks and we had to use Ethernet cables to use the internet on our PCs. So, if you want to use the internet in your study room and if the internet source is placed in the living room, then it is almost impossible to do it without the cables or dropping the phone outlet in the room where the computer is situated to access the web in such conditions.

But the wireless adapter has cut all these problems and situations. With the help of it, you are able to access the internet connection in any area within its range, doesn’t matter where the internet source is placed.

  • You will not need to install extra hardware

Yes, there are options available if you do not want to use a WiFi adapter. You can install a WiFi card in the PCI slots of your computer or laptop. But, not every computer user (including me) knows how to install a hardware inside the system and ends up with damaging some of the ports or wireless adapter card during the process of installation.

The wireless adapters come as plug-and-play devices. You just need to plug in them into the USB port of your system. No need to install the drivers and if it is needed in some cases, you will be prompted to select automatic installation of the drivers. Many modern laptops come with the in-built wireless adapter cards, so you don’t even require WiFi adapters for them. If the laptop does not have a built-in wireless capability and if you want to use an adapter card instead of a WiFi adapter, then in almost all the cases, you need to buy the manufacturer’s model due to the compact space of the laptop and only the same company’s adapter card will fit into it. Use of a wireless adapter gives you relief from all these headaches and helps to enjoy your time without any extra hardware installation.

  • Make your computer cable-free

I too have used old desktop PC at my home and know how messy it was to manage the cables on it, especially when I used internet connection on it via the landline phone.

The use of a WiFi adapter helps you to make your computer having a cable-free connection with the wireless router or any other networking device. You can connect multiple wireless enabled devices with your computer without using any USBs or Ethernets to receive or transmit the data.

Not only this, but when you travel and stays at hotel, at client’s location, or other office, then you need to bring the Ethernet cable with you to access the internet. A WiFi adapter gives relief from carrying this messy stuff with you at the time of travel and working from a remote location.

  • Multiple devices can use a single wireless adapter

One of the most important benefits of a USB WiFi adapter is it allows you to make your multiple devices to become wireless enabled. You can share a single WiFi adapter across your different devices having USB ports to attach the adapter to it. Means any device having a single or multiple USB ports can use the wireless adapter to access the WiFi internet connection.

  • You don’t need to upgrade your computer

You already have purchased an expensive system with all the supported graphics cards, sound cards, HDDs or SSDs, etc. and if your system does not have a wireless capability, then using a budget-friendly wireless adapter is the best option to choose rather than upgrading the hardware and software of your computer which can break your pockets.


Thanks for reading to this point. Hope you know well that what is a WiFi adapter, what does a wireless adapter do and the main advantages and benefits of a USB WiFi network adapter. An inexpensive wireless adapter allows your system to become wireless enabled and use the internet connection of your network without messing with Ethernet cables.