7inova 7WL100 150Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 12.59.36 PMThis little USB stick is a prime example of technology becoming more compact while steadily improving. A WiFi adapter would have been the size of a large computer motherboard card just a few years ago, and would have cost you five to ten times as much as this device while delivering speeds that are an order of magnitude lower.

I was really happy to get this micro WiFi USB stick because I have a couple of older or low-power computers that did not come with native WiFi connectivity. I don’t have much need for a WiFi on that computer (it’s a desktop permanently connected with an ethernet cable), but it’s good to know that it could use WiFi connectivity if the need ever arises.

Next I tried connecting the adapter to my diminutive Raspberry Pi computer. To my surprise and delight the adapter was immediately recognized and started working on the spot. Raspberry Pi is a bare-bones computer that requires a lot of add-ons in order to get some of the rudimentary functionality of the “regular” sized computers. It does come with a dedicated ethernet jack, but connecting it to ethernet can sometimes be awkward. Its ultra-small size makes it an ideal wireless computer, and a micro WiFi adapter like this one is a perfect accessory for it.

The range and speed of this small card are impressive. I was able to get online throughout my house, and even immediately outside of it. (I do have the latest powerful Netgear WiFi router though.) I was able to stream the high-def online content to it without a glitch. So far I have only had the best of experiences with it and would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive and reliable WiFi adapter.

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Bojan Tunguz

Bojan Tunguz was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he and his family fled during the civil war for the neighboring Croatia. Over the past two decades he has studied, lived and worked in the United States. He is a theoretical physicist with degrees from Stanford and University of Illinois. Tunguz has taught physics at several prominent liberal arts colleges and has been writing about physics, science and technology for more than a decade. He also has a wide spectrum of interests, and reads and writes about current events, society, culture, religion and politics. Over the years he has reviewed many of the books that he has read, and posted his reviews on various online outlets. In 2011 he had become a top 10 reviewer on Amazon.com, where he continues to be very active. Aside from reading and writing, Tunguz enjoys traveling, digital photography, hiking, and fitness. He resides with his wife in Indiana. You can follow my review updates on the following pages as well: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tunguzreview Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tunguzreviews Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104312842297641697463/posts

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