Does desktop have Wi-Fi? Do you know how to check if your PC has Wi-Fi? If your PC doesn’t have a built-in Wi-Fi card, is it possible to add Wi-Fi to PC? In this post, MiniTool Software shows you all the answers you want to know.

How to Check If Your Desktop Computer Has Wi-Fi?

Wi-Fi is a very useful feature that allows you to connect to a network wirelessly. Usually, a laptop is Wi-Fi compatible. Some new desktops have a built-in Wi-Fi card. However, if you can’t find Wi-Fi on your computer, you may ask: does my desktop have Wi-Fi?

It is easy to check if your desktop computer is wireless. You can use one of the following two ways mentioned in the next part.

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Way 1: Use Control Panel

Step 1: Press Windows + I to open the Settings app.

Step 2: Click Network & Internet > Status.

Step 3: Click Change adapter options under Advanced network settings from the right panel.

change adapter options

Step 4: The Network Connections window will pop up. If Wi-Fi networking is there, it means that your computer supports Wi-Fi. It also means that your PC has a built-in Wi-Fi card.

Wi-Fi networking

Way 2: Use Device Manager

Step 1: Press Windows + X to open the WinX menu and select Device Manager to open it.

Step 2: In Device Manager, expand the Network adapters option and check if there is a Wi-Fi network adapter. If you can’t find a Wi-Fi adapter, it means that your desktop is not wireless.

find a Wi-Fi network adapter

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How to Add Wi-Fi to PC?

How to make a desktop wireless if it is not Wi-Fi compatible? There is no need to buy a new computer that supports Wi-Fi. You can just get one USB Wi-Fi adapter for PC and connect it to your computer. Then, you will be able to enable your computer to connect to a network wirelessly.

There are many choices for you:

  • Trendnet TEW-809UB
  • NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi USB Adapter
  • ASUS USB-AC68
  • Edimax EW-7833UAC
  • Linksys WUSB6300

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How to Use a USB Wi-Fi Wireless Adapter?

It is very easy to add Wi-Fi to PC. Here is the guide:

Step 1: Connect the USB Wi-Fi wireless adapter to your computer via a USB port on your device.

Step 2: Once the USB Wi-Fi wireless adapter is plugged in, your computer can automatically detect the adapter and show the setup wizard.

Step 3: Follow the wizard to install the driver for this USB Wi-Fi wireless adapter on your computer.

After these steps, you will be able to wirelessly connect your computer to a network via the USB Wi-Fi wireless adapter.

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Does a USB Wi-Fi Wireless Adapter Work Well?

First, we should admit that the USB Wi-Fi adapter can’t work as fast as a Windows built-in Wi-Fi adapter. An expensive one may provide a good and fast Wi-Fi network connection. The smaller, nano adapters will not perform as well.

If you like playing games, it may be not a good choice to use an external USB Wi-Fi adapter. The network speed may not be fast, which can influence your gaming experience. If your financial conditions allow, we still recommend that you buy a special gaming computer that use a wired network connection.

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Bottom Line

If you don’t know if your computer has Wi-Fi, you can use the methods mentioned in this post to check. If your computer has no Wi-Fi and you want to use it, you can connect a USB Wi-Fi adapter to your computer.

Should you have other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.

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