The Linksys AE6000 adapter is a small USB device that allows desktop and laptop computers to have WiFi and internet connectivity. The device is compatible with all Windows computers ranging from Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and now 11.
The AE6000 USB adapter is smaller than the size of a flash drive. The dimension are 2.4 x 8.43 x 5.31 inches. This WiFi adapter is a plug-and-play device which means, it will automatically start working when you plug it into your computer. No additional drivers or installation CDs needed for it to work.
Enabling WiFi on Older Computers
Computers that predate 2010 are considered old. Desktop computers specifically won’t have a WiFi card installed, only an ethernet card. To avoid lengthy cables, the best solution is to use a mini WiFi adapter to enable internet access.
The AE6000 USB adapter will connect to any compatible Modem, Router, or WiFi Extender. The device is a dual-band adapter which supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band frequencies. Whether you have an older router in your home that solely supports 2.4GHz or a newer wireless network device that supports 5GHz only, the AE6000 connects to both with no problem.
Existing WiFi Enabled Computers
Some desktop and laptop computers that are already WiFi enabled may only support either 2.4GHz or 5GHz band frequency. This can become a problem for individuals looking to connect to a router or hotspot device with a incompatible band frequency.
Installing the AE6000 USB device solves that problem. By plugging in this device, you are essentially overriding the existing WiFi adapter settings and replacing it with a new one. Wireless Networks that were not visible before will now be available for you to connect to.
The Linksys AE6000 WiFi Mini USB Adapter is a Dual-Band device that operates at either 2.4GHz on Wireless-N or 5GHz on Wireless-AC. Because of the size of the device, the internal antennas are rather small. That means top speeds you can see are up to 430 Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 150 Mbps speed on the 2.4GHz band.
Settings up the device is easy, just plug it into a USB port and you are instantly connected to the internet. The device uses advanced security and supports up to 128-bit encryption (WEP, WPA and WPA2).
- Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
- Plug-and-play device. No installation necessary.
- Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, and 11.
- Small, Compact, and Easy to transport.
- Speeds are not great for streaming HD video or online PC gaming.
- Not compatible with Mac.
The Linksys AE6000 WiFi Mini USB Adapter is the perfect device for individuals who are looking to add wireless internet connectivity to their desktop or laptop computers. This small compact device is plug-and-play and will instantly start working when plugged into a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port.
For the value of this adapter, this device is great for users who check their emails, browse social media, watch Youtube videos and more. Not great for high-definition online gaming and HD video streaming.