D-Link DWA-F18 VR Air Bridge for the Quest 2 is rated to improve wireless performance on Meta's flagship headset
Currently, there are 2 main ways to connect a Meta Quest 2 to the Rift Library via a desktop or laptop for PC-enabled VR gaming: connect the headset to the computer in question directly via a cable, or via a shared Wi-Fi network.
The latter confers the fun of free movement without worrying about ruining a port with a particularly strong sweep of a controller; however, as D-Link observes, it might cost the user in terms of lag, stuttering and perhaps even buffering thanks to whatever else needs to be on the network at the time.is
One might turn to something like a gaming router to address these issues; however, as D-Link also argues, those can be expensive, fiddly to set up and not optimized for the Quest 2 in any case. This, as the OEM now confirms, is why it has partnered with Meta to develop the DWA-F18 VR Air Bridge.
This freshly-launched Wi-Fi 6 dongle is "exclusively" designed for the headset (although the 2 devices could match better, in all honesty) as it packs "Meta's proprietary VR algorithms" to reduce latency and improve connectivity for the Quest 2 specifically. It also supports WPA3 security and USB 3.2 Gen 1 for connection to the PC in question.
Therefore, D-Link and Meta is confident that the DWA-F18 VR Air Bridge is the best new shot at getting the "optimal performance" and generally improved streaming out of a Quest 2 with "uninterrupted connectivity" over Wi-Fi.
The partners have announced that it is coming to the North American market "soon", but has yet to reveal how much the accessory will add to the cost of such a VR set-up.
However, it is apparent it will ship as a dongle with an additional stand, both of which use USB type-A, as well as the Quest Link software necessary for "easy installation".
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