Wireless modules & adaptors are devices that are used in various products so they can connect wirelessly to the internet. Alternatively called Wi-Fi modules or wireless local area network (WLAN) modules, these electronic components use a wireless router to help mobile devices and other products achieve internet connectivity. The adapter enables wireless communication between the computer or mobile device and the router, and eventually, the modem.
Another important function of wireless modules is to modify non-Wi-Fi capable older laptops so they can connect to the internet wirelessly.
Wireless modules are used in different sectors for a variety of applications, including, commercial, consumer, and scientific apps. These components allow customers and their providers to interact directly with home electrical products like thermostats, heating and cooling systems, and smart security systems.
Wireless modules & adaptors are normally mounted on the surface and connected to a host PCB or Printed Circuit Board. Some characteristics that differentiate one Wi-Fi module from another are certification, packaging type, range, data range, and RF or radio frequency band.
Applications of Wireless Modules & Adaptors
Wireless modules & adaptors are applied on devices in various ways.
- Home monitors and security systems
- Smart meters
- PoS or point-of-sale terminals
- Home entertainment controls
- Real-time location systems
- Sensor networks
- Remote storage devices
- Location and asset tracking
- Wireless controllers
- Desktop motherboard – This is when the adapter is incorporated as an add-on accessory or fitted into the motherboard.
- USB – Universal Serial Bus adaptors are common and popular because they are easy to install and use. All one has to do is plug the USB into a port. If the operating system does not include drivers, users can download them from the USB.
- PCIe – Peripheral Component Interconnect Express are compatible cards that are inserted into the motherboard’s slots to gain internal system access. Antennas are a normal component of PCIes as these helps increase the adaptor’s range.