Solved Are all USB WiFi Antenna broadly speaking the same?

August 17, 2018 at 07:45:21
Specs: Win 10, Intel 2.5
Greetings all and thanks in advance for any advice.

I have an audio streaming device as part of my hifi set up. It's called a Cocktail Audio X10. It's full spec is described here:

http://www.cocktailaudio.co.uk/spec...

I would like to be able to make use of its wireless capability but am put off by what looks like a rather inflated price (around £35) of the USB Wifi Dongle that they sell. My question is could I buy a generic one that would fulfil the same functions or should I stop being a scrooge and shell out for the one they have?

Many thanks!


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August 21, 2018 at 06:41:09
I would like to be able to make use of its wireless capability but am put off by what looks like a rather inflated price (around £35) of the USB Wifi Dongle that they sell. My question is could I buy a generic one that would fulfil the same functions or should I stop being a scrooge and shell out for the one they have?

IMHO, I think it best to get the one that comes with the package. While I'm sure any wireless USB dongle would work, the one included in the package is there because the manufacturer has tested it and knows it works for sure.

While I'm not sure of the price difference between it and another similar device, I do know that if you buy a different one and have issues getting the network side to work, their support won't be able (if even allowed) to help you troubleshoot problems because they have no experience with the other brands. Remember, call centers are limited in ability and in most cases, are just reading from a script and have no actual IT experience/skills and their scripts will be for the particular devices they sell.

If it were me, I'd buy their package including their dongle.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***



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August 17, 2018 at 09:37:26
I can only guess that the USB dongle is more than just an antenna, it probably contains the wireless chip. If there's no way to install wireless drivers, you'd probably have to find a dongle based on the exact same wireless chip or it wouldn't work. But you might want to consider this from the FAQs - "It is best to avoid wireless streaming by using a power line adaptor as wireless streaming can be unreliable with high resolution songs."

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August 18, 2018 at 01:54:50
Thank you - much appreciated. A friend made a similar suggestion (re the chip) but wasn't 100% sure so glad to have that confirmed. I probably can go back to a powerline or a long lan cable - just trying to untangle from cable hell!

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August 18, 2018 at 04:19:12
Poweline adapters would be my preference, as allows greater flexibility of location ?

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August 20, 2018 at 02:37:52
I was about to leave this one alone and then found this while digging about...

https://www.avforums.com/threads/co...

In post #558 someone reports discovering by chance that a generic dongle they had seemed to work, suggesting that it had the same chip set, I guess?

I have searched without success for the one that he mentions but I am asking if anyone here might be able interpret the technical stuff and lead me to an available equivalent?

Many thank all!


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August 21, 2018 at 06:41:09
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I would like to be able to make use of its wireless capability but am put off by what looks like a rather inflated price (around £35) of the USB Wifi Dongle that they sell. My question is could I buy a generic one that would fulfil the same functions or should I stop being a scrooge and shell out for the one they have?

IMHO, I think it best to get the one that comes with the package. While I'm sure any wireless USB dongle would work, the one included in the package is there because the manufacturer has tested it and knows it works for sure.

While I'm not sure of the price difference between it and another similar device, I do know that if you buy a different one and have issues getting the network side to work, their support won't be able (if even allowed) to help you troubleshoot problems because they have no experience with the other brands. Remember, call centers are limited in ability and in most cases, are just reading from a script and have no actual IT experience/skills and their scripts will be for the particular devices they sell.

If it were me, I'd buy their package including their dongle.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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