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Why is this important?

The USB adapter is the essential piece that makes any long range WiFi connection possible. This is the radio which acts as a very sensitive listener for far away wireless signals. Acting many times more sensitive to WiFi than the internal radio inside your PC or laptop, the USB adapter can increase your WiFi range capabilities up to 300 yards! While there exists many different types of USB adapters in the market, varying in performance and compatibility, they all perform the same basic function of increasing your wireless range sensitivity.

What device is this compatible with?

USB adapters are only compatible with PCs or Laptops that have a USB 1.0 or 2.0 port. Gaming consoles, tablets, phones or any other similar device will not work with a USB device even if the device has a USB port.  

What OS can this work on?

Depending on the chipset inside the USB adapter, it may or may not work with your OS. The biggest issue comes with MAC users, we encourage you guys to use the AWUSO36NHR or the AWUSO36NHA as these have to most up to date drivers. If you’re a Linux or Windows 7 user we suggest the N700 designed by Simple WiFi. A classic that is well supported by most other operating systems is the AWUSO36H.

What do all those numbers mean?

You typically see two sets of numbers when reading the title or name of a USB adapter. The first describes the power of the radio. Usually read in mW or milliwatts, this number tells you how far the radio will listen to far away signals. The higher the number the better it will perform and reach. You may also see this power reading in watts, which is just another way to show measurement. 1 watt = 1000mW

The other number you will see is the 802.11 which just describes the radio’s connectivity standard. This is usually followed by b/g or b/g/n and signifies the data rate.

Does location placement matter?

Yes. Always place your USB adapter as high as possible and away from other electronics and metal objects.

What connector type does it use?

The USB connector is the standard USB-A while the antenna or cable connector is an SMA-RP standard for most WiFi antennas.

What's the difference between each model?

Models vary based on power, connectivity standard (802.11b/g/n) and/or compatibility. We suggest you visit the individual item pages to read more on each to see if it matches your requirements.

Why is the Simple WiFi one better than the rest?

Our USB adapter was created with the end user in mind 100%. It was made for easy install and extreme compatibility with numerous modes modes and fast connections. Plus the included tutorial CD helps you through all your basic questions and setup procedures.

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