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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for network adapters for windows 8.

If you're a Windows 8 user, you've probably noticed that the operating system comes with limited support for networking. That's because Microsoft is pushing its own proprietary networking standard, called Wi-Fi Direct, and doesn't want you using other standards such as Bluetooth or Ethernet. However, there are ways to connect your Windows 8 computer to a wired network and/or a wireless network.

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  1. ASUS - Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 USB Network Adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "WiFI Network Adapter...The ASUS - Dual Band WiFi Network Adapter worked perfectly!!!...USB Network Adapter...Got me back online. My laptop network adapter must have burned out. This adapter works great!"

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    Achieve blazing online speeds with this ASUS NANO wireless adapter. It offers selectable 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for a clearer signal, and its built-in 2x2 patch antennas increase the signal's range for better network coverage. This ASUS NANO wireless adapter includes a clip to attach it to notebook computers and a cradle with a long USB cord for desktop use.
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    "WiFI Network Adapter...The ASUS - Dual Band WiFi Network Adapter worked perfectly!!!...USB Network Adapter...Got me back online. My laptop network adapter must have burned out. This adapter works great!"

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    Achieve blazing online speeds with this ASUS NANO wireless adapter. It offers selectable 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for a clearer signal, and its built-in 2x2 patch antennas increase the signal's range for better network coverage. This ASUS NANO wireless adapter includes a clip to attach it to notebook computers and a cradle with a long USB cord for desktop use.
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  2. NETGEAR - Nighthawk AXE3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E USB 3.0 Adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Good network adapter, using it on my PC to game over wifi with Fios wifi6 ready router. ...Reliable Wi-Fi 6E network adapter...The Netgear Nighthawk AXE3000 is a reliable Wi-Fi 6E network adapter that delivers fast speeds and advanced features. "

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    Get high-speed wireless connectivity with this NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6E USB 3.0 adapter. The flip-open antenna design adjusts easily to find optimal signal coverage for your device, while backward compatibility with legacy Wi-Fi technologies, including 802.11a/b/g/n, offers flexibility. This NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6E USB 3.0 adapter supports WPA3 encryption for reliable security.
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    "Good network adapter, using it on my PC to game over wifi with Fios wifi6 ready router. ...Reliable Wi-Fi 6E network adapter...The Netgear Nighthawk AXE3000 is a reliable Wi-Fi 6E network adapter that delivers fast speeds and advanced features. "

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    Get high-speed wireless connectivity with this NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6E USB 3.0 adapter. The flip-open antenna design adjusts easily to find optimal signal coverage for your device, while backward compatibility with legacy Wi-Fi technologies, including 802.11a/b/g/n, offers flexibility. This NETGEAR Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6E USB 3.0 adapter supports WPA3 encryption for reliable security.
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  3. ASUS - Dual-Band AC1200 USB Network Adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "USB network adapter...Excelente usb network adapter good distance coverage...Asus network adapter...The ASUS dual band network adapter worked perfectly."

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    ASUS USB-AC53 Nano USB Wifi Adapter delivers an instant Plug and Play providing 802.11ac Wifi standard for desktops and laptops. The dual-band wireless AC1200 USB adapter features 2.4GHz and 5GHz connectivity coupled with MU-MIMO technology.
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    "USB network adapter...Excelente usb network adapter good distance coverage...Asus network adapter...The ASUS dual band network adapter worked perfectly."

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    ASUS USB-AC53 Nano USB Wifi Adapter delivers an instant Plug and Play providing 802.11ac Wifi standard for desktops and laptops. The dual-band wireless AC1200 USB adapter features 2.4GHz and 5GHz connectivity coupled with MU-MIMO technology.
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  4. j5create - USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - Silver - Front_Zoom
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    "i5 Network adapter...The i5 network adapter works great with new Laptops that don't have a RJ-45 port...Buy this if you want network adapter on your pc...My PC had an only one network adapter and I wanted to connect to two different networks on my PC, for that I needed to have one more network adapter. "

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    The USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter gives you the ability to add a Gigabit Ethernet port to your laptop or MacBook though a single USB 3.0 Type-A port, supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet and is fully compatible with IEEE 802.3/az/u/ab/x standards. This ethernet adapter provides full gigabit bandwidth and offers backward compatibility with USB 2.0. It also supports features such as IPv4/IPv6/TCP/UDP packet Checksum Offload Engine (COE) and TCP Large Send Offload to reduce the load on your CPU. Jumbo Frames, full-duplex operation, VLAN tagging and 2 VLAN ID filtering are also supported, making this an ideal replacement LAN adapter or laptop accessory in areas without Wi-Fi or if you just want to increase your Internet speed.
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    "i5 Network adapter...The i5 network adapter works great with new Laptops that don't have a RJ-45 port...Buy this if you want network adapter on your pc...My PC had an only one network adapter and I wanted to connect to two different networks on my PC, for that I needed to have one more network adapter. "

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    The USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter gives you the ability to add a Gigabit Ethernet port to your laptop or MacBook though a single USB 3.0 Type-A port, supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet and is fully compatible with IEEE 802.3/az/u/ab/x standards. This ethernet adapter provides full gigabit bandwidth and offers backward compatibility with USB 2.0. It also supports features such as IPv4/IPv6/TCP/UDP packet Checksum Offload Engine (COE) and TCP Large Send Offload to reduce the load on your CPU. Jumbo Frames, full-duplex operation, VLAN tagging and 2 VLAN ID filtering are also supported, making this an ideal replacement LAN adapter or laptop accessory in areas without Wi-Fi or if you just want to increase your Internet speed.
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  5. Linksys - AC1200 Dual-Band USB 3.0 Adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent Network Adapter....This network adapter is pretty fast. I connected it to my laptop ease. ...Best network adapter for USB...This network adapter is better than the network adapter in my computer."

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    This Linksys WUSB6300 USB 3.0 adapter enables you to connect your computer to a wireless-AC network, so you can easily stream high-definition video and enjoy high-speed gaming. The WPA-TKIP, WPA2, and WEP protocols help keep data private.
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    "Excellent Network Adapter....This network adapter is pretty fast. I connected it to my laptop ease. ...Best network adapter for USB...This network adapter is better than the network adapter in my computer."

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    This Linksys WUSB6300 USB 3.0 adapter enables you to connect your computer to a wireless-AC network, so you can easily stream high-definition video and enjoy high-speed gaming. The WPA-TKIP, WPA2, and WEP protocols help keep data private.
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  6. NETGEAR - Dual-Band Wireless-AC USB Network Adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "NexGear dual lack band wireless-ac use network adapter...Netgear Dual Band Wireless AC USB Network Adapter...Super compact and easy to use network adapter. Works great and would purchase again."

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    Upgrade home or office networks with this NETGEAR smart router. It delivers high-speed dual-band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connections for enhanced gaming and video streaming, and the external antennas improve coverage for larger spaces. This NETGEAR smart router works with the Nighthawk app for effortless operation and control via smartphones.
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    "NexGear dual lack band wireless-ac use network adapter...Netgear Dual Band Wireless AC USB Network Adapter...Super compact and easy to use network adapter. Works great and would purchase again."

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    Upgrade home or office networks with this NETGEAR smart router. It delivers high-speed dual-band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet connections for enhanced gaming and video streaming, and the external antennas improve coverage for larger spaces. This NETGEAR smart router works with the Nighthawk app for effortless operation and control via smartphones.
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  7. ASUS - USBBT500 Bluetooth Smart Ready USB adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Excellent Bluetooth Adapters...Great working adapter. Bought two for my daughter to connect their XBOX One Controllers....Worked as expected easy to setup, make sure you have windows 8 and above. It wouldn't work with my devices using win7"

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    The USB-BT500 is a Bluetooth Smart Ready USB adapter with new Bluetooth 5 capabilities. USB-BT500 enables wireless connectivity with a wide range of devices and enjoy up to 2X-faster transmit speeds and 4X-greater range. Slot ASUS USB-BT500 into your PC for an instant upgrade to the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and enjoy up to 2X-faster transmit speeds and 4X-greater range. Enabling Bluetooth on your PC lets you enjoy the convenience and freedom of wireless connectivity with a wide range of devices, including speakers, headphones and game controllers. The ultra-small USB-BT500 comes with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, which lets you enjoy energy-saving connectivity. In dual mode, USB-BT500 maintains full backward compatibility with Bluetooth 4.x, 3.x, and 2.1. Bluetooth Low Energy technology for energy-saving wireless connectivity. Highly portable and easy to use.
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    "Excellent Bluetooth Adapters...Great working adapter. Bought two for my daughter to connect their XBOX One Controllers....Worked as expected easy to setup, make sure you have windows 8 and above. It wouldn't work with my devices using win7"

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    The USB-BT500 is a Bluetooth Smart Ready USB adapter with new Bluetooth 5 capabilities. USB-BT500 enables wireless connectivity with a wide range of devices and enjoy up to 2X-faster transmit speeds and 4X-greater range. Slot ASUS USB-BT500 into your PC for an instant upgrade to the latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and enjoy up to 2X-faster transmit speeds and 4X-greater range. Enabling Bluetooth on your PC lets you enjoy the convenience and freedom of wireless connectivity with a wide range of devices, including speakers, headphones and game controllers. The ultra-small USB-BT500 comes with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, which lets you enjoy energy-saving connectivity. In dual mode, USB-BT500 maintains full backward compatibility with Bluetooth 4.x, 3.x, and 2.1. Bluetooth Low Energy technology for energy-saving wireless connectivity. Highly portable and easy to use.
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  8. NETGEAR - Nighthawk AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 Adapter - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Meanwhile, my partner's built-in wifi adapter never had problems connecting to the same wifi networks. ...NETGEAR FOR THE WIN...No app to download or having to talk to customer service like other wifi adapters"

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    Instantly upgrade to faster Wi-Fi 6 technology. This NETGEAR Nighthawk AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 adapter is engineered to provide faster uploading and downloading, more reliable connections, and smoother streaming to your older Windows 10/11 PCs and notebooks. Experience better overall performance for your HD streaming, video conferences, gaming, work, and online learning. Just plug the adapter into the USB port on your PC or notebook for an easy upgrade. Maximize the signal strength where you need it with the state-of-the-art flexible antenna. Enjoy cutting-edge Wi-Fi security with the advanced WPA3 security protocol. Compatible with any Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 router and works best with the NETGEAR Nighthawk Ecosystem and Orbi mesh products (sold separately). Works with all standard Wi-Fi networks.
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    "Meanwhile, my partner's built-in wifi adapter never had problems connecting to the same wifi networks. ...NETGEAR FOR THE WIN...No app to download or having to talk to customer service like other wifi adapters"

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    Instantly upgrade to faster Wi-Fi 6 technology. This NETGEAR Nighthawk AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 adapter is engineered to provide faster uploading and downloading, more reliable connections, and smoother streaming to your older Windows 10/11 PCs and notebooks. Experience better overall performance for your HD streaming, video conferences, gaming, work, and online learning. Just plug the adapter into the USB port on your PC or notebook for an easy upgrade. Maximize the signal strength where you need it with the state-of-the-art flexible antenna. Enjoy cutting-edge Wi-Fi security with the advanced WPA3 security protocol. Compatible with any Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6 router and works best with the NETGEAR Nighthawk Ecosystem and Orbi mesh products (sold separately). Works with all standard Wi-Fi networks.
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  9. Ethernet Adapter for Starlink Standard Actuated Kit - Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Starlink Ethernet adapter works great...Works awesome just plugs right into the Wi-Fi router and I can hook my computer up directly with the network cable...Starlink Ethernet Adapter...Worked perfectly and allowed us to hook up an Eero mesh network"

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    Designed to connect a device directly to the Starlink Router for a wired connection. Supports up to 1 Gbps speeds.
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    "Starlink Ethernet adapter works great...Works awesome just plugs right into the Wi-Fi router and I can hook my computer up directly with the network cable...Starlink Ethernet Adapter...Worked perfectly and allowed us to hook up an Eero mesh network"

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    Designed to connect a device directly to the Starlink Router for a wired connection. Supports up to 1 Gbps speeds.
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  10. TP-Link - Dual-Band AC1300 USB Network Adapter - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great network adapter...Excellent for connecting to the networt and is very useful for desktops....Small Simple USB Wifi Adapter...This is a small, usb wifi adapter which worked great in my testing. I installed it on a Windows 7 machine using the included driver disk without any problems. "

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    The Archer T4U Wi-Fi adapter upgrades laptops and PC’s to fast AC1300 Wi-Fi speeds for smooth HD streaming and quick downloads. Switch between dual 5 GHz (867 Mbps) and 2.4 GHz (400 Mbps) bands to avoid crowded networks and Wi-Fi slowdowns for speed and range in any situation. Press the WPS button on both the adapter and a Wi-Fi router to easily join any network.
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    "Great network adapter...Excellent for connecting to the networt and is very useful for desktops....Small Simple USB Wifi Adapter...This is a small, usb wifi adapter which worked great in my testing. I installed it on a Windows 7 machine using the included driver disk without any problems. "

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    The Archer T4U Wi-Fi adapter upgrades laptops and PC’s to fast AC1300 Wi-Fi speeds for smooth HD streaming and quick downloads. Switch between dual 5 GHz (867 Mbps) and 2.4 GHz (400 Mbps) bands to avoid crowded networks and Wi-Fi slowdowns for speed and range in any situation. Press the WPS button on both the adapter and a Wi-Fi router to easily join any network.
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