Purchasing Wireless Devices To Be Successful on USNH Networks


This article provides information on purchasing wireless devices to be successful on USNH Networks.



When purchasing a wireless device to use on USNH Campus, always look for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) products first. If a Wi-Fi 6 version is not available, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) is your next best choice. USNH campuses do not support the use of 802.11b devices, as they are known to perform poorly on high-density wireless networks.

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Laptop Computers

  • For the best possible user experience, 802.11ax is strongly recommended. Older laptops are encouraged to purchase an 802.11ax USB wireless adapter. USNH IT is still investigating an 802.11ax USB wireless adapter and once that device information is found this article will be updated.
  • Until then USNH IT recommends this USB 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter 


Game Consoles

  • For the best possible user experience 802.11ax capability is strongly recommended.
  • Newer PlayStation 4s/5 (Slim and Pro), Xbox One (S and X models), and the Nintendo Switch are all 802.11ax capable.


Non-browsing devices (Smart TVs, Rokus, Google Homes, Alexa, etc.)


For more information on having a successful WiFi and gaming experience while on any USNH campus, please read these related IT Knowledge Base articles: 

Connecting a Game Console on the USNH Wireless Network


Further Readings

Connecting a Game Console on the USNH Wireless Network

Connecting a Smart TV, Roku, etc. on the USNH Wireless Network

PC Gaming on the UNH Wireless Network

USB 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter - amazon.com  and the 

Edup (vendor)'s Product Information Page   


Need additional help?

Visit the ET&S Help Desk Support page to locate your local campus contact information or to submit an online technology support request.  For password issues you must call or visit the Help Desk in person.  

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