4 best network adapters

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

For a device with a new network connection – local or Internet – special devices are used – network adapters. There are a great many of them on the market, and they differ in the same set parameter. Today’s editorial review rating decided devote to a narrow topic – adapters, which in fact are peculiar adapters from conventional wired Ethernet to USB.

How to choose a network adapter

To get started, let’s briefly figure out how to choose Ethernet-USB network adapter, because they still exist quite lot.

Connector type

The most obvious parameter that is hard to make a mistake, but nevertheless, we will clarify some details. At the input of such an adapter there will always be a standard RJ-45 network connector, which is good recognizable, and there are no other options within our topic. With another adapter sides will already be options. The USB standard has several generations and forms of factors. And if USB 2.0 and 3.0 are compatible at least in form, then USB 2.0 or 3.0 in USB-C simply will not enter in any way. At that the time on your computer is likely to be several or even many USB interfaces of different standards. Therefore, decide in advance in which one will be most convenient and expedient (port speed) attach the adapter.

Speed

Already a less obvious, but no less important parameter. Before the purchase you need to know the exact bandwidth of the adapter and focus on that. The fact is that if you are happy Gigabit Internet owner, then buying an adapter with support 100 Mbps maximum, this is exactly what speed you will get. And not forget that the bandwidth of the USB 2.0 port is 480 Mbps, so even connecting a gigabit adapter to such a port, you, again, will get exactly this speed, and then at maximum.

Form Factor and Physics

Here the main factors are: the form of a “flash drive” or the presence of a cable, cable length, cable stiffness, quality, light indicators and their brightness, design. It all may seem trifles, but the number of users who, because of such trifles forced to change the adapter, very significant.

The adapter in the form of a “flash drive” (commonly referred to in common people “whistle”) you most likely will not find. This does not apply to adapters other types – 3G, Wi-Fi and others. There’s just the shape of the flash drive – a little whether it’s not a rule, but we’ll talk about them another time. So, on just in case, an adapter of this form is acceptable for stationary computers, and then if it is stuck in a slot on the back wall. IN laptops, this form is extremely undesirable, as when carrying or any other interaction with a laptop “whistle” is easy hook and trite break, damaging the port itself.

Do not underestimate the role of the cable and its quality. Hard the cable is an amateur, as the adapter block will not hang down, sometimes it’s convenient. On the other hand, it must be of high quality, otherwise the insulation will break pretty quickly and after some more time will break the wires. Define it all at the point of sale impossible, so be sure to check online before buying reviews.

Finally, the light indicators. Everything here is for everybody. To some they necessary to see the status and dynamics, and indeed “beautiful” (no kidding). But sometimes the LEDs are too bright and when other family members really interfere with the work of the user at night. It would seem that in this case it is possible to seal the diodes with electrical tape, but this already “not comme il faut” and cases of device replacement for this reason far from single.

Manufacturing company

Everything is pretty simple here. You should not buy “nouns” that just appeared on the market, even if the Internet is bursting from positive reviews – their reliability is doubtful at least reason for too short use time. On the other hand, often even adapters of famous brands sometimes turn out to be useless. It’s worth studying the reviews here, and this is not a contradiction, so how famous brands do not deal with such petty blacks marketing methods.

And now we go directly to the rating and describe four models that experts considered the best in basic parameters, including value for money.

Rating of the best network adapters

Nomination a place Name of product price
Rating of the best network adapters 1 DELL USB-C to Ethernet adapter (470-ABND) 2 490 rub.
2 HP USB-C to RJ45 Adapter (V8Y76AA) 2 490 rub.
3 Gembird A-CM-LAN-01 1 022 rub.
4 TP-LINK UE300 1 090 rub.

DELL USB-C to Ethernet adapter (470-ABND)

Rating: 4.9

DELL USB-C to Ethernet adapter (470-ABND)

First of all, consider the most expensive adapter in our review production of the American company DELL. The price is due in many respects. increased reliability of the device, which users themselves note. The adapter serves for a long time, does not fail, does not freeze, issues “honest” speed in network connections.

The device is designed to create a new or additional Ethernet ports with an RJ-45 connector in those devices that have such ports do not contain (unjust, already taken), but have free USB 3.1 Type-C interface. The adapter provides reliable and stable connection at speeds of 10, 100 or 1000 Mbps.

The adapter doesn’t need even minimal effort or separate driver installation. The “native” driver is already contained in Himself. The first time you connect, you only need to agree to install it when a service message appears.

A notable feature of the adapter is its technology support. PXE (special software for booting a computer over a network without use of internal data storage devices).

PXE – environment for booting a computer using a network card without use of local storage media.

The power adapter is made in a miniature black case, between the function module housing and the USB 3.1 Type-C plug There is a flat cable for data transfer. Whole surface of all parts The device has a soft-touch surface that is pleasant to the touch.

Advantages

  • exceptional reliability and continuity;
  • “honest” speed;
  • high-quality materials;
  • pleasant to the touch soft-touch;
  • PXE support.

disadvantages

  • flat cord limits flexibility.

HP USB-C to RJ45 Adapter (V8Y76AA)

Rating: 4.8

HP USB-C to RJ45 Adapter (V8Y76AA)

Now let’s pay attention to the adapter used for a similar goals, only already produced by Hewlett-Packard.

The power adapter is supplied in a package of 245x110x35 mm and weighing 120 g. Full dimensions with cord: width – 4.33 inches, height – 1.38 inches. The net weight of the device is 71.4 g. Completed in dark gray color. The function block is made in the correct form “square” shape and rounded edges.

It is exactly the same as the previous model equipped with the same RJ-45 connector and a USB 3.1 Type-C plug and works on the same speeds up to 1 Gbit / s. On the RJ-45 side, there are two green and yellow LEDs connection speeds (green – maximum).

Hewlett-Packard extends its standard on this model. one year limited warranty, so in case of malfunctioning adapter can be replaced at any authorized service center.

Advantages

  • reliability;
  • high-quality materials;
  • flexible but strong wire;
  • light indicators.

disadvantages

  • not marked.

Gembird A-CM-LAN-01

Rating: 4.7

Gembird A-CM-LAN-01

The third in the ranking is the production adapter international company Gembird, which has Dutch roots, and such adapters are manufactured in China. Actually, in Celestial are made and two above-described models.

Appointment of the device, incoming and outgoing interfaces and the bandwidth is exactly the same as the first two models, therefore, we will not repeat, we describe only the features.

The network adapter runs on a high-performance RTL8153 chip. Supports IEEE 802.3x Flow Control, 802.1P, 802.1Q, 802.3az-2010. Provides a reliable and stable connection without crashes and freezes. The form factor is the same as previous models, only the functional unit has a small design sophistication. Cable length – 15 cm.

The adapter is delivered in individual packaging sizes 25x150x150 mm. Net Weight – 22g.

Advantages

  • affordable price;
  • supports many communication standards;
  • easy to use.

disadvantages

  • not found.

Rating: 4.6

TP-LINK UE300

Completes our rating adapter of one of the most famous brands network equipment TP-LINK. This time the configuration will be a little different than previous models, but the tasks are the same.

In this case, the output is a plug to the normal interface USB 3.0, not the miniature USB 3.1 Type-C, as in the previous three models. The throughput is the same – 10, 100 and 1000 GB. Works network adapter based on RTL8153 chip.

The device is installed when plugged in for the first time. and Play on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS operating systems X 10.9 / 10.10. For Mac OS X (10.5-10.8), manual driver installation.

This model is characterized by a pleasant appearance – snow-white body, nice shape. Also implemented here is a successful design idea – the USB plug fits conveniently into the case. Dimensions devices – 71x26x16.2 mm.

TP-LINK provides a 24-month warranty on this model.

Advantages

  • nice design;
  • the plug retracts into the housing;
  • Broad support for many operating systems.

disadvantages

  • a flat cord is not always convenient.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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