Best Wireless Adapter for Gaming (Reviewed 2018)

The key features of the best wireless adapter for gaming include radio frequency band, connectivity speed, antenna gain, Wi-Fi output, IEEE standards, modulation, compatibility, link rate, and related hardware specifications. You need to consider the design, construction and performance parameters which produce the best output to the gaming platform you work on. Using the USB port for connecting your gaming platform to the wireless adapter is stated to be the best mode for getting the complete benefits of its features. In this review, you can read about four of the top wireless adapters for gaming.

Trendnet TEW-809UB – Enhanced Coverage for Maximum Gaming Options

The Trendnet TEW-809UB works on a high performance chipset which increases the speed of the system through 802.11ac connectivity. The 801.11 range of modulation is according to the IEEE standards for using 4 power packed antennas to have the best data rate. The system captures multiple data streams and transfers then into single bandwidth channel. The data encoding techniques help the system transfer the data packets at a faster rate.

Antenna Gain

The four external antennas work at two distinct high value frequencies of 2.4GHZ and 5GHZ. At 4 x 5 dBi, it can pick up the weakest signals at higher amplitude. The numbers of peaks reached by the signals are also relatively higher compared to the earlier versions. The other advantage of the antenna is its dual band (4X5) which sends the focused signals directly to the gaming device. Hence the loss of signals is near to zero even when they are weak. That means your gaming experience will remain within the minimum recommended speeds

Modulation Factor

The Trendnet TEW-809UB uses highly efficient modulation techniques of the IEEE 802.11b standards for the best combination of amplitude, phase, and frequency. It works on the complementary coded keying (CCK) and QPSK for streaming the data bits efficiently. The result is enhanced resolution, sharpness of the images, better control of the gaming options and break-free gaming for extended time.

Wifi Output Power

The output power range of the Trendnet TEW-809UB varies between 19.5dbm and 23dbm max. This range ensures the higher bandwidth for the games to get loaded into the gaming device. Some of the key benefits could be listed here. The enhanced beam formation of the signals further increases the power. Bandwidth Factor: For the best of advanced gaming experience online, the need for higher bandwidth is very high. The Trendnet TEW-809UB has the capacity to consistently provide the higher range bandwidth. Frequency Factor: The frequency of the Trendnet TEW-809UB ranges between 2.4GHZ and 5GZ. When the output power increases, it is possible for the system to strike a balance between the bandwidth and the frequency to push in maximum numbers of data packets per unit time. This technique used by the adapter can turn the moderately designed consoles into powerhouse gaming hubs. The other benefit is the direct connectivity between the adapter and the Desktop PC/laptop. You can find plenty of high end online games which can be played directly on these devices. By connecting to such servers, you can get invite multiple players from vast range of IP addresses to play with you. The Trendnet TEW-809UB will ensure the best playing experience by constantly keeping the frequency at optimum levels.

Wi-Fi Multi Media Quality (WMM)

The multiple data prioritization of the WMM quality standards (IEEE 802.11e) gives you Dolby quality voice, HDTV video, background processes, and high speed download. You can play your games at the best possible resolution and visual effects as offered by the server in real time.

Recommendation

I would recommend the Trendnet TEW-809UB if you have desktop, laptop (Windows 7 to 10) or Mac (10.6 to 10.1). However, it is better to opt for Windows 10 as it tends to slow down on windows 7. You need to ensure minimum of 8GB+ RAM to ensure comfortable gaming experience.

Pros

  • CE and FCC certified hardware and firmware
  • Simple installation and configuration
  • Works on WEP security

Cons

  • USB cable provided by the OEM has insufficient length

TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 Wireless High Gain USB Adapter (White) – Smart Beam for Fast Game Downloads

Enhanced signal reception is one of the key criteria which contribute to the efficiency of the TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 Wireless adapter.  At the same time, the device is fine tuned for maximum transmission frequency through the USB port. You can experience seamless flow of data packets, as you play on your favorite games. The lag you experience in the high end games are eliminated when you use the device with a good performance PC or laptop. The HD video streaming quality ensures high resolution and sharp images.

Antenna Gain

The antenna gain of the TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 gives you 5GHZ frequency at 300MBPS speed. The IEEE-802.11n speed standards ensure redirecting of the entire set of data packets into the target device due to its smart beam technology. The rate of data packets loss is brought down to near zero. The 32-bit twin antenna works at a speed of 300MBPs according to the iEEE802.11 b/n guidelines. The CSMACA-ACK-Interface is an advanced technology in the antenna sensor. The receiving node always acknowledges the received signals. If the ACK is not received by the node, the system re-transmits the signals after a specific (milliseconds) time, considering the earlier signal as lost. It is one of the best ways of preserving the continuity of the signals. You can experience the effects in the games you play. Regardless of the bandwidth occupied by your high-end game, you can play it n a continuous frame mode. The system will neither “hang” nor slow down at any point of time.

Modulation Factor

The TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 has a modulation of EIRP with Wi-Fi power of 20db, which could extend up to 25+db when the signal strength is high. The rate at which the signals get captured and transmitted to the gaming device is consistently maintained at the 5GHZ frequency. It enables lag-free gaming experience for the high end games you play. But the effects can become maximum, when your PC/laptop has a high-end CPU and minimum of 8GB RAM, with sufficient free disk space. It is because of the virtual memory required by the high end games for enhancing the smooth flow of data packets for better video and audio quality.

Wifi Output Power

The standard Wifi output power of the TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 is 20db. It may reach up to 25db, when the signal strength and the bandwidth are optimum. The power of the Wi-Fi can be experienced when the number of users within the same network is abnormally high. It generally happens during the peak utilization hours. You might have experienced the signals getting distorted and the weak transmission at some point. The TP-Link adapter overcomes these issues by streamlining the Wifi output through the USB cables at consistent signal rates. The ratio of input: output will always remain consistent, regardless of the signal strength. Bandwidth Factor: The specified bandwidth of the TP-Link adapter is constantly maintained at the same levels round the clock. However, it may reduce when multiple users get connected to the same adapter within your premises. In such instances, you may experience decrease in the speed. The TP-Link adapter balances this slow down, by enhancing the input frequency of the signals. Hence, the system will tend to slow only partially, in spite of the temporary decrease in the bandwidth speed. Frequency Factor: The pseudo random channels of the TP-Link play a key role in consistently balancing the Wifi frequency within the 5GHZ limits when the signals from a specific channel slow down. It is a big advantage for you, since the number of data packets / unit time will remain the same. The frequency factor will also mean you can play your games with uninterrupted communication with the others in the gaming network. The radio data rate from the Wi-Fi is categorized into three distinct sections, namely the 11b, 11n and 11g. The speed of the system varies from 11MBPs and 300MBPS. The spread spectrum system of direct sequencing helps keep the speed and frequency by using the strong radio data signals (data packets) to compensate for the variation in the speed and frequency.

Recommendation

I would recommend you to have at least Windows 7 or equivalent Mac OS to get the maximum benefits from the TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 adapter. The minimum required memory is 4GB, though 8GB is preferred for better experience. Make sure your system is not working with legacy processors. The company may say a lot about backward compatibility to the older OS and hardware. But in practical scenario, it just doesn’t work. Hence, you need to have the updated hardware, OS and the device drivers for the gaming devices to get the best benefits of the TP-Link TL-WN822N N300.

Pros

  • Extendible Wifi output power
  • Balance between bandwidth, speed and frequency
  • Compact and lightweight
  • WEP data security
  • DSSSS spectrum

Cons

  • Speed and bandwidth benefits for the 32-bit OS are lower compared to the 64-bit OS.

D-Link N300 Wi-Fi Adapter – Power of Range Extender

Your desire to play HD video games with the best sound effects will eventually lead you to the D-Link N300 Wi-Fi Adapter – Power of Range Extender. It offers you high speed 300MBPS connection and support for the wireless-N standards. The sleek and lightweight system is easy to install and simple to configure. Now, you have the freedom to connect your Wi-Fi directly to smart TV, game consoles and the PC/Laptop. The uninterrupted signal capturing capacity of the system allows you to carry it anywhere in your home. You don’t need to worry about changing the tilting angle of the antennas, hoping to capture the weak signals at some point. The power packed twin antenna system can literally grab the signals and amplify according to your system requirement.

Antenna Gain

The D-Link N300 WiFi antenna can work with incoming signals from all the directions. The duck design of the antenna works at 24db and higher output range. They can boost the incoming signals while transmitting them to the gaming device. The process of signal splitting into dual bands of 2.4GHZ bandwidth helps in creating multiple channels for the signals to enter the adapter through the antenna. That means the net speed and bandwidth of the signals will remain the same,   even if one of the split bands were to go weak. The gain in the other channel will naturally compensate for the loss in the first band.

Modulation Factor

The CCK modulation factor of the D-Link N300 WiFi enhances the chipping sequences of the signals into smaller MBPS and route them through multiple channels of bandwidth as explained above. This process is somewhat similar to the data download channels used by the software for files and videos. The random algorithm of the system allocates the maximum number of bytes/unit time depending on the net speed and the individual channel speed. If one of the specific channels the d to slow down, the system automatically stops/ reduces the data packet allocation to that channel, and redirects to the other spilt channels. The other modulation methods used by the D-Link N300 WiFi are the QPSK and OFDM. The phase shift keying system allows efficient encoding of the signals leads to better reception and transmission. The QPSK phase shift from 0-degrees to 270-degrees allows the receiver to detect the signals from multiple directions. This technique allows the system to overcome the signal fading risks and improve the performance levels.

Wifi Output Power

The Wifi output power of the D-Link N300 Wifi extends the predecessor models to balance the bandwidth and the frequency rating. Since the power factor depends on the antenna gain and modulation factor, the probability of a fall in the power is greatly reduced. Hence you can expect the speed and bandwidth consistency to be maintained at optimum levels, throughout your gaming from the start to the finish.

Bandwidth Factor: The variation in the actual bandwidth with the declared bandwidth is normally less than 9%. The D-Link N300 Wifi has the inbuilt mechanism to compensate the reduction by increasing the modulation factors. This dynamic method of switching between the multiple channel output streams helps the system maintain its efficiency at the highest levels.

Frequency Factor: The D-Link N300 Wifi has a standard bandwidth of 2.4GHz, which is relatively lower compared to the other models discussed here. But the range is sufficient if you wish to play the video games up to the 3-D versions of the latest games you find online. However, the frequency modulation of the D-Link N300 Wifi is capable of enhancing the output frequency by splitting the modulated waves.

Recommendation

Personally I would recommend the D-Link N300 Wifi for connecting to your smart TV and laptop systems to play your favorite games.

 

Pros

  • Inbuilt Ethernet Port for hot spot creation
  • 300MBPS speed at 2.4GHZ
  • WPA2 security standards
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Wall mounting options
  • Automatic signal detection at 360-degrees around the antenna pair
  • Works on WPA security

Cons

  • The device runs on single band

Belkin Wireless G Gaming Adapter – Secure Connectivity with Speed Boosters

The Belkin Wireless G Gaming Adapter has the unique ability of connecting to the XBOX-360 systems. The procedure for connecting the 360 and the adapter is simple. You can configure the two systems to work with each other to produce the most stunning gaming effects. You don’t need to depend on CDs and USB storage devices to play the latest XBOX-360 games arriving in the online store. You can get Moreover, the innovation gives you better playing options and enhanced effects compared to the other adapters discussed here.

Antenna Gain

Going beyond the scope of a mere USB device, the Belkin Wireless G Gaming Adapter works as a wireless bridge between the Xbox-360 and the gaming device. You can set up the device using the inbuilt GUI settings menu. For this, you need to connect the adapter to a PC and a network system. Then the user interface menu opens up in the PC. The menu system on the left screen allows you to configure the antenna gain, port settings, IP configurations, default gateway and other custom settings. Once you are through with them, you can see the antenna settings automatically tuning into the most efficient signal reception and transmission.

Modification Factor

The automated modulation factor of the Belkin Wireless G Gaming Adapter takes care of managing the frequency, bandwidth, signal processing and transmission. It varies from QPSK and OFDM to generate the best possible signal strength frequency. The standard operating frequency is 2.41GHZ and 2.49GHZ.

Wifi Output Power

The radio technology DSSS system takes care of managing the system, using an ADMIN and user concept. This concept is somewhat similar to the Windows Server system wherein the users are controlled by a single ADMIN login. The Belkin Wireless G Gaming Adapter has the ability to connect 32 users simultaneously using the WiFi power.

Recommendation

I would personally recommend this system if you have to use it in a sports club or other places wherein the number of users is more than 5 (including your home). You can set up parental controls and other features to have a decent browsing and gaming experience. XBOX-360 is the biggest benefit.

Pros

  • Best Wi-Fi for XBOX 360
  • Works on WEP, WPA and WPA-2 security models
  • Browser based control

Cons

  • Bulky in size

Conclusion

My personal choice is the Trendnet TEW-809UB as it provides multimedia quality Wifi connectivity with the best of sound effects for your games. Of course you will need the hardware on your computer to experience the realistic effects. But this adapter works out just fine in all the aspects discussed.

2 comments Add yours
  1. TP-Link TL-WN822N N300 Wireless High Gain USB Adapter (White) is the best wifi adapter for games. Since network games require a really high speed wireless routers and adapters which are not mostly available in desktop computers or laptops.

    One need to plug in an additional devices into their gaming laptop or desktop to improve the overall network speed. Wether you play COD or other network games, the hight speed wifi adapters will dramatically improve overall experience.

  2. Hi Martine,

    I want to extend my wifi area. Do you recommend any wifi adapter which supports long wireless range or I should use some other devices?

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