D-Link AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adaptor: Wi-Fi 6 upgrade for Windows 10 PCs

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Upgrading to a new router with the most recent Wi-Fi 6 technology makes sense if you want to increase the performance of your home Wi-Fi network (aka 802.11ax).

Though your new Wi-Fi 6 router is still backward-compatible with PCs and other devices that use Wi-Fi 5, you won’t enjoy the full benefits of your new high-speed network for those older devices because many of us are still using PCs that are only equipped with Wi-Fi 5 (formerly known as 802.11ac).

When it comes to converting your Windows 10 PC to Wi-Fi 6, D-Link offers the AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adaptor (DWA-X1850).

The Wi-Fi 6 adaptor, which resembles a somewhat big memory stick, may be easily upgraded to high-performance Wi-Fi 6 technology by plugging it into a USB connection on your computer. You may just double-click on the adaptor in Windows File Explorer to view and install the drivers because it does in fact include a tiny amount of built-in memory that stores the adaptor’s driver software.

The adaptor utilizes a USB-A connector, but this also works with a USB-C port when a USB-A-to-USB-C adaptor.

If you have a single laptop or PC that you use for gaming or working from home and that requires the highest wireless performance, the D-Link AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adaptor is a quick and reasonably priced update (as long as you’re running Windows 10).

The AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB Adaptor offers Wi-Fi 6 with a top speed of 1800 Mbps, as its name implies. The low-cost adaptor only uses dual-band wi-fi on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequencies, so that won’t shatter any speed records. Even if you currently have a Wi-Fi 6 router, upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 offers more reliability than Wi-Fi 5 and is thus still worthwhile. The adaptor is also compatible with the most recent WPA3 security features.

Take it if…
The new router you recently purchased is 
If you recently purchased a new Wi-Fi 6 router, it makes sense to upgrade your most crucial devices, such as a PC you use for work, to Wi-Fi 6.

You have numerous devices. 
Wi-Fi 6 technology is not just quick; it is also incredibly effective at simultaneously sending data to a large number of different devices. So, if your home or office network is getting a little too busy, upgrading the wi-fi on your PC will make it more reliable.

You are familiar with networking D-documentation The D-Link’s and help files aren’t actually that useful, so you’ll need to understand how to utilize Windows’ Network Settings to properly set up and operate the adapter.

Forget about it if you are still utilizing Wi-Fi 5 as your router. 
The Wi-Fi 6 adapter will function with earlier routers that use Wi-Fi 5, but you won’t enjoy the full speed or reliability advantages unless your router has already been updated to Wi-Fi 6.

If you use Windows 7 or 8 (or a Mac), 
Unfortunately, the D-Link Wi-Fi 6 adapter only functions with Windows 10, despite the fact that many outdated PCs running Windows 7 or 8 could benefit from an upgrade to more contemporary WiFi.

Premium performance is required. 
Although the D-Link Wi-Fi 6 adapter is reasonably priced, its maximum wireless bandwidth is just dual-band at 1800Mbps. These days, that’s rather modest, so power users and gamers would want something a little faster.