Updated December 22, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Wi-Fi Adapters For Gaming

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Few things leave a player as helpless and frustrated as deadly lag during online gaming sessions. While it's certainly no fun being automatically logged out while you're trying to amass kills or experience, it's something everyone's gone through before. The right adapter will ensure strong and consistent Wi-Fi access, no matter how many devices are using your router. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best wi-fi adapter for gaming on Amazon.

10. Edimax 7822ULC

8. Asus AC68

6. Netgear Nighthawk

5. BrosTrend AC3

3. Wise Tiger P9008

2. Asus AC88

1. Gigabyte WB11ACD

Editor's Notes

December 19, 2018:

First off, Windows 10's obnoxiously frequent updates don't always play nicely with wireless drivers. In fact, you may have to track down and custom-install the latest drivers from the actual chipset's manufacturer, NOT the manufacturer of the device itself. To do this, go to said OEM manufacturer's page, download the software, and install using Windows's "Have disk..." prompts. With that said, dedicated gamers will prefer the Gigabyte or Asus add-in cards, which use the PCIe bus to eliminate the few milliseconds of lag that's inherent in USB communication. The BrosTrend is incredibly versatile, switching between desktop and portable use at a moment's notice. The OurLink shows great promise as a small-form-factor option. the Edimax is the most compact we found with a good reputation, and this particular editor has used that very same chipset for many months now on Windows 10 with zero issues. The Archer T6E is a great PCIe model for those who don't want to spend too much, while the Netgear and Archer T4U are good choices for laptop users.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 22, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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