A wireless adapter is a hardware device that provides connectivity to device (generally computer or PDAs) in wireless network. Some of the wireless adapters are PC cards, PCI and mini PCI, USB, and compact Flash.
Wireless adapter can be of three types:
- Broadband cellular
A Wi-Fi adapter is typically used in laptops and desktops to provide connectivity to a wireless network.
Broadband Cellular Adapter
A broadband cellular adapter, also called broadband adepter or broadband card, works with laptops or PDAs and provides wireless mobility and functionality similar to a cell phone.
A Bluetooth adapter is used when transmission is required for a short range such as between a mouse and a computer.