USB Wi-Fi Dongles vs. Wi-Fi Cards


In the realm of wireless connectivity, users often find themselves at a crossroads when deciding between USB Wi-Fi dongles and Wi-Fi cards. Both solutions offer the convenience of untethered internet access, but each comes with its unique set of advantages and limitations.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the nuances of USB Wi-Fi dongles and Wi-Fi cards, exploring their respective features, performance, and practicality.

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USB Wi-Fi Dongles

USB Wi-Fi dongles have gained popularity for their plug-and-play simplicity and portability.

These compact devices can be easily plugged into a USB port on your computer, making them an ideal choice for users who frequently switch between multiple devices.

Despite their small size, many USB Wi-Fi dongles boast impressive data transfer rates, providing a reliable connection for everyday internet use.


Wi-Fi Cards

Wi-Fi cards, also known as wireless network adapters, are internal components that are installed directly onto the motherboard of a computer.

While they lack the portability of USB Wi-Fi dongles, Wi-Fi cards excel in terms of performance and range, making them a preferred choice for users who prioritize a stable and high-speed internet connection.

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USB Wi-Fi Dongles

Wi-Fi Cards


Highly Portable

Not Portable



Requires Opening PC Case





Good for Everyday Use

High Data Transfer Rates



May be Pricier

Use Across Devices

Easy Switching Between Devices

Fixed to a Single Computer

We recently had a customer who was achieving no more than 1mb/s Download and 2mb/s Upload on a Gaming PC with his WiFi-Router Downstairs. After installing a WiFi Card he achieved 20mb/s Download and 12mb/s Upload. Although the amount of mb/s isn’t a huge number and there is the factor of the network provider and plan, the main point we’d like you to note is the percentage increase on using a WiFi card in your system, especially if distance to router is an issue.

Ultimately, the choice between USB Wi-Fi dongles and Wi-Fi cards depends on your specific needs and preferences. If portability and ease of use are paramount, a USB Wi-Fi dongle might be the way to go.

On the other hand, if you prioritise maximum performance and a broader range, a Wi-Fi card could be the ideal solution for your networking needs. Consider the trade-offs and weigh the pros and cons to make an informed decision that aligns with your usage requirements.