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TP-Link AC600 USB Wi-Fi Dongle, Dual Band 5 GHz Wireless Adapter for PC, Desktop and Laptop. £8.99 @ Amazon

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I get there are better more expensive wifi dongles out there but a good price for a slimline dongle to allow joining of two wifi networks for faster speeds.

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  • High speed Wi-Fi dongle - up to 600Mbps speeds with 200Mbps on 2.4GHz and 433 Mbps on 5GHz, upgrades your devices to higher AC Wi-Fi speeds
  • Dual band wireless adapter - 2.4GHz and 5GHz band for flexible connectivity, upgrades your devices to work with the latest dual-band Wi-Fi router for faster speed and extended range
  • Nano design USB Wi-Fi - Small, unobtrusive design allows you to plug it in and forget it is even there
  • Operating System – Supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.910.13
  • Advanced security –supports 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption standards
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    Some of these cheap ones are actually quite unreliable.
    I've got a couple of these and they're perfectly reliable. They don't let you use 2.4GHz and 5GHz at once though, and this is about the going price for this item, it's not a deal per se.
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    Seems to be the usual price?
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    Good face
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    This TP-Link one is way better AC1300, MU-MIMO, WPA3 + bigger discount

    £19.99 down to £13.49

    amazon.co.uk/TP-…c=1 (edited)
    I have a Windows desktop with no WiFi card installed so required to use an ethernet cable to connect to my network.
    Is this as simple as plugging into a USB port and then being able to connect to WiFi?
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    Won't the fact its only USB2.0 limit the max speed?
    USB 2.0 is nominally 480 Mbit/sec. The highest 5GHz link speed it offers over WiFi is 433 Mbit/sec, so theoretically you're just OK. In reality, you'll never get all of a WiFi connections link speed, so there would be more margin.

    Realistically, if you want best network performance run a cable, or at the least consider a PCIe network card with a decent antenna.
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    I've got this exact dongle, personally my experience with it was awful! Was getting about 4mb DL on it. Here's some screenshots showing speedtests with the dongle vs my wired connection: 49402588-yvw4t.jpg49402588-lzLWd.jpg
    There's something very odd there, you'd expect the WiFi might be a bottleneck, but you'd very roughly expect it to bottleneck at roughly the same speed in each direction, i.e. if you get 11.9 up, you'd anticipate ~12 ish down. May be worth looking how much wireless signal strength you're getting and confirming you've got a 5GHz connection.

    If you're PC is somewhere with weaker wifi signal you want to look for a device with a decent antenna.