Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking What Is Wireless USB? Share Pin Email Print Rafe Swan/Getty Images Home Networking Wi-Fi & Wireless The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading By Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated February 02, 2020 Wireless USB is a term that can refer to any of several technologies that utilize a computer's USB ports for wireless local networking. Wireless USB via UWB Certified Wireless USB is an industry standard for of USB wireless networking based on ultra-wide band (UWB) signaling technology. Computer peripherals enabled with certified wireless USB interfaces connect and communicate wirelessly with a computer's standard USB port. Certified wireless USB can support data rates up to 480 Mbps (megabits per second).→ See also - Wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum (usb.org) Wi-Fi Wireless USB Adapters External Wi-Fi adapters commonly plug into the USB port of a computer. These adapters are casually called "wireless USB" although the protocol used for signalling is Wi-Fi. Network speeds are limited accordingly; a USB adapter for 802.11g handles a maximum of 54 Mbps, for example. Other Wireless USB Technologies Various wireless USB adapters also exist supporting alternatives to Wi-Fi: BluetoothIrDA infraredother proprietary signalling technology Examples of these products include Belkin Mini Bluetooth adapters and various Xbox 360 peripherals.