Wireless adapter is great for emergencies.
I remember a time not so long ago when wireless cards were not a standard built-in device on computers. In fact, with my first WiFi network in my first apartment, I did have to have an adapter of the USB variety plugged into my computer. My point is that I’m not a stranger to peripherals that add major functionality to computers. That being said, it’s been a long time since I’ve needed a wireless adapter. So, when the USB Wireless Adapter from ETEKCITY came across my review desk, I was surprised and a little confused about how to approach a review on a product that is almost obsolete in our incredibly mobile, wireless world. To me, it was a little like trying to review a cassette tape or even a CD when most of our music is completely digital. But then, something hit me. What if your wireless card goes out
So, when the USB Wireless Adapter from ETEKCITY came across my review desk, I was surprised and a little confused about how to approach a review on a product that is almost obsolete in our incredibly mobile, wireless world. To me, it was a little like trying to review a cassette tape or even a CD when most of our music is completely digital. But then, something hit me. What if your wireless card goes out in your computer and you are traveling? Say your computer is just fine except for the ability to connect to the internet? That’s where this wireless transmitter comes in handy.
I am primarily a Mac user, but I am proficient with the Windows OS and my work computer is a Lenovo ThinkPad. That being said, installing software, even utility software, is a different beast on a Windows machine then it is on a Mac. And, the first step in working with ETEKCITY’s USB Wireless Adapter is installing the utility software. This adapter is only for Windows machines. So, I sat down with my Lenovo and connected the adapter to it with the ETEKCITY utility software.
The entire process only took about 5 minutes. I inserted the CD and ran the setup application. Once it was installed, I simply had to add my home network to the profile in the utility and it connected. As a test, I made sure to disable the built-in wireless card and the adapter took over. The setup was easy – even for someone who isn’t super familiar with installing PC software.
I’m happy to say that the ETEKCITY USB Wireless Adapter works beautifully. I was very impressed with the speed. When I initially connected it, I had a speed of 780 Mbps, but found the average to be closer to 550-600 Mbps. It was just as fast as – if not faster than the built-in card. With it, I was able to write this entire article and even review photos while online with the adapter. There was no disruption in wireless service. I never lost a connection.
The ETEKCITY Wireless Adapter is the same size as a thumb drive and the only complaint I have about its design is that it has a detachable cap. It’s easy to loose and I would personally feel better about the adapter if its top was integrated better. Maybe it could be a flip out design instead of a detached cap. Other than that, the adapter is a very handy device to have in case of emergency.
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