Andrew Lindsay

What external adapter is best to improve WiFi signal reception and transmission?

30 Jul 2011
30 Jul 2011 | |

I travel a fair amount and often end up in locations where the hotel’s WiFi signal is too weak to be useful with my laptop’s built-in antenna. I understand an external/USB adapter would improve both the reception and transmission signal strengths. But if I’m going to go with an external device then I’d like to get some experienced opinions on what is best.

- I’d like something that will use USB power (I have enough adapters!)
- Smaller is better.
- < $50
- Improves/maximizes both reception and transmission.
- Directional control would be a bonus, as I understand it greatly improves signal strength for the power available.

Thank you in advance,