Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 251
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robin1972 Great card for $15
I wanted a cheap card to connect to a G network at home. I saw this priced about the same as cheap cards that max out at G standard but this was N which, with the correct wireless router, should connect much faster and is backward compatible with both G and B 802.11 standards.
I opened the computer, popped it into an open PCI slot and closed up. Once I turned on the computer, which runs Windows 7 64bit, it recognised the card but was unable to assign drivers - but was fine when I put the CD that accompanied the card in and ran the device manager.
Once connected I was then able to update to the latest drivers with Windows Update. It uses a Realtek 8190 wireless N chip on the board.
I think its a fantastic deal for $15. Plus shipping was included and really fast for me - I got it in 2 days!
The card works well and I get good speeds. Would recommend.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Multiplasm Excellent
Ordered this product off of Walmart Site to Store, took 6 days, which I expected. The product is just awesome. Have this item connected to the Belkin Play N600. I'm at "Excellent" signal two rooms away from the router at 150 Mbps. I'm unable to get full N because I have other devices on the router that are G, and thus the router can't broadcast N and G at the same time; that's with EVERY router ever made. So don't be upset if this device won't get you full N speeds; look at your other devices first. This product is surprisingly small. Clicked in the PCI slot without a hitch. Then installed the driver with the provided CD. Works instantly, with 0 disconnects so far. This piece of technology is just amazing. If you have doubts because of price; just get it. Do it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Phomie Great wi-fi card
Installed in my desktop running Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. New 'hardware found' came up and I browsed to the cd disk that came wth the card. Windows instantly found the correct driver on the cd and insalled it. I've always used Netgear or Belkin cards in the past which always install their own useless wireless control panel software. None of that here, just hardware and driver. Works great and is a very solid built card. Easiest hardware I have ever installed.
Rated 5 out of 5 by TripleDDD Great value
$15 for an N card, what else needs to be said.
Some drops and noise, but I am also located 250 ft from a shared router and 2.4GHz phones, so really not that bad. Delivered on time. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit did not auto install drivers, the install disk worked, and once I updated the latest drivers from the web, I went from 30% signal to consistant >70% on strength and quality with no packet losses. Works on Skype, MagicJack, Ventrillo with minor latency (again, see my distance from router which may be the issue).
Rated 4 out of 5 by ScottinMO Wireless adapter that works with Linux OS
This wireless PCI card will work in all the regular Windows OS, but you have to choose carefully when you are building a Linux system. Not all adapters work in Linux. I am running Linux Mint Julia 64 bit, and with a little research (Google) and patience, this adapter works. Since configured, it has worked flawlessly, and the price is great.
Rated 5 out of 5 by libsm wireless adapter
The product came fast and works perfectly fine. My only complaint is there is no instruction manual on how to install the product in your computer. I find a manual would be very helpful to those who don't know much about computers, like me. We had to call my brother to help talk us through the installation. Overall the product is as described and works good.
Rated 5 out of 5 by mamawdj We have two desktop computers. I have the modem/router on my desktop. My husband was using a USB connected wireless router. He was having all kinds of connection problems. Since installing this device, he has not had any problems connecting to the internet. He said it was the best thing he has purchased in a while.
Rated 5 out of 5 by wulf1367 This is a great product.
This was a very helpful product, and i would reconmend it to anyone.
Rated 5 out of 5 by fortuitous Good product
In use for about 2 weeks. Works like a charm on Windows 7 64bit with good connection and signal strength. No issues with resuming from standby or hibernate modes.
Rated 5 out of 5 by DeBo13 Easy to Install / Works Great !
This wireless adapter installed in my (2004 - Dell - Desk-Top Computer - Windows XP) in under 1/2 hour. 1. Be sure you have a wireless router... 2. Be sure you have an available PCI Slot on the back of your computer... 3. Turn off your computer and un-plug all wires... 4. Open computer and remove slot plate cover... 5. Firmly insert adapter and secure, be sure it will fit the slot... 6. Close computer and attach your wires. 7. Turn on your PC and insert the Install Disk... 8. Follow menu instructions and add the router password, (located on the back of router or call your provider) and your computer is now wireless and can be moved to most locations in your home! You Do Not Need the 'Ethernet Cable' anymore or connected for this procedure! And that's how it worked for me.... ! Good Luck with Yours !!
Rated 5 out of 5 by mynodha Exactly what I needed.
Everything seems to be USB today. Earlier I bought a USB wireless adapter (dongle) but it didn't work. This plugged right in and worked without issues. No wires... and I still an available USB port. I don't know how fast it is, but I not complaints!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Xjr1 Great for extending wireless connection
It work 200 yrd from the router, at the same connection speed as in the same room.
Rated 3 out of 5 by OneRandomShopper Worked great while it lasted.
**Warning: Wordy review with some useless details.**
I was using this Wintec FileMate PCI Wireless-N Network Adapter for nearly a month with no problems at all until two weeks ago. It was literally working one minute and then decided it wasn't going to connect anymore the next. There was no movement or tinkering involved and it was installed by someone I know who's worked with computers for a little over a decade. [NOT Geek Squad.]
I could still see all the wireless networks in my area but it just wouldn't connect-- I kept getting an error message telling me to refresh the list because available networks may have changed. And Windows XP's Device Manager told me the card itself was still working properly.
Being well-educated in computer "stuff" myself, I was stumped. I tried everything from putting the modem right next to it, changing slots, switching computers [red flag came up at this point], rebooting and bringing it to an expert [I repeat, NOT Geek Squad] -- but still nothing. The "ACT" [I'm assuming that stands for "Active"] light just kept on blinking and the "LINK" light never came back on.
The [Realtek Wireless LAN Utility] software that comes with it is decent, but to be honest I stuck to using Windows Zero Config while it was working. With my current problem all it would tell me was "Not Associated" anyway, even though my modem's signal clearly reaches. [Yes, I quadruple-checked the network key and other wireless settings like I always do.. *Dramatic eye-roll.*] The software itself is kind of outdated but it's not a big deal. Rather, it doesn't make much of a difference. But I'm the type of person who likes to have the most recent version.. so I just downloaded the newest one from the Realtek website.
For now I guess I'll just return it, get the same model and see what happens. If the same problem happens again then it's definitely not worth getting a third time.
If anyone can figure out what caused my problem [other than the device being faulty, which it probably was], kudos to you and I hope you can post a solution up for everyone else to see.
I also bought CNET's CWU-906 Wireless-N USB Adapter at the same time and it works just fine on the same computer [which is located one floor and three rooms away from the modem] and every other Windows XP computer I've plugged them both into. [Sorry, haven't tried it on that Vista crud or the awesome Windows 7.] It uses the same "Realtek Wireless LAN Utility" software as the FileMate. In my opinion this little white stick was the better half of what I bought. It might work better with an extension cable for some, since its size unfortunately half- to partially blocks the USB ports around it.
If you've made it this far congrats and thanks for reading. I hope this was at least a little helpful.
Rated 2 out of 5 by Itzmepete The Bad and The Good on this card with cards Specs
Got this card because my old Linksys G card was NOT compatable with my new Netgear N600 (Excellent) and caused my system to loop into a reboot mode over and over. Figured this out on my own as Netgear was no help. Now for the Bad and The Good.
1) $15, picked up after a week.
2) Hook up was easy, didn't need the install disk. Windows installed a newer driver than what was on the disk.
3) Good range, not great and just a bit better than my old Linksys WMP54GV4 G card.
1) Data transfer speed, I got between 4 and 7 mps speeds, should be and I expected much better and way much faster as it is a "N" card capable of 150 mps.
2) While the card is a "N" card, Wifi is 2.4 Ghtz so DON'T expect the range or speed to be much better than your old G card.
While "N" band is advertised as higher speed and more range it ONLY gives you more range and speed when 5 Ghtz is incorporated in the card and used with a router with a 5ghtz set up. This wifi card IS a "N" card but not a 5ghtz but a 2.4 ghtz so range is not there. It will NOT see or connect to a 5ghtz router unless its a dual band router (2.4 and 5 ghtz ) and then only see and connect to the 2.4 signal.
I switched back to the older (CD Included) driver with same results. My wifi router was 4 feet away.
The stats, Desktop running WinXP, I used a new Netgear N600 Dual Band (2.4 and 5 Ghtz) BGN router (excellent). I tested speeds with 2 different sites (speedtest and speakeasy) with the ability to test locally in my city. I then disabled the wifi card and tested via cat cable connected to my router and got consistent 12 to 16 mps speeds. Just F.Y.I, my router was set up properly to handle 300mps speeds, my cable company speed is +16 mps cable modem with boost. My 3 year old Gateway laptop running Vista has built in wifi B and G card signal but no N BUT has 2.4 and 5 Ghtz and is connected to my 5 Ghtz network tests at 18 to 20 Mbs consistantly. "G" network is supposed to be capable up to 54 Mps speeds. "N' supposed to be up to 300Mps.
Upload speeds were consistant at 3 to 4 MBs (that is my max from my ISP) but 5 Ghtz (on my laptop on "G") was slightly quicker to respond (ping).
Would I recommend?
If you have a max speed of 6 MBs from your ISP provider or your old card is non compatable with your new router and can live with the 6 to 8 mps max speed and want a cheap easy fix, I would recommend.
If you like me have over 8/10 MBs isp speed (I have 16) and a new wifi 5 ghtz router capable of high speed I would not recommend as you won't get those speeds with this card. Basically a bit better preformance than my Linksys wifi card with way much easier set up and no compatability issues but speed is not there.
I'm taking it back as it defeats the purpose of having a 5 Ghtz wifi router and the better range and speed. If you want Range you must get a 5 Ghtz card. You will get range and better speed even if its just a G card on the 5Ghtz band. In my opinion and from my tests, N is worthless on 2.4 Ghtz.
Rated 4 out of 5 by dqualls Good product, great price!
After a lot of time (and patience) I still could not get the downloaded linux driver to work on linux, so I had to install WinXP instead. The included Windows driver worked great on WinXP after it was configured correctly. It is my opinion that unless you are a real Linux guru, do not purchase this product for use on a Linux computer. If you are planning to use this wireless adapter for a Windows XP computer, it works great.
Rated 5 out of 5 by stumptownguy Easy to install and Linux code available online
software works (CD) and was easy to install. I would not recommend included encryption software if you are going to use multiple devices on your router. I also installed this adapter on Umbuntu with code that is available on line.
Rated 5 out of 5 by patchiga Amazing for the price
I was skeptical over its performance considering its cheap price. But i was pleasantly surprised. My connection borders between excellent and extremely good with close to 50 feet separation from the router. Good product to say the least.
Rated 5 out of 5 by JustMyWeirdIdeas So far so good
Using with a dlinkgo Wireless N 150 Router which is in the front of the house and the older desk top pc is in a building in the back yard. Only a 7 Mbps speed but a lot faster than dial up.
Rated 5 out of 5 by kalenak Wireless Adapter
Works great. Easy to install. Great price.
Rated 2 out of 5 by msisson6246 can not get it to stay connected
will not stay connected to my wireless internet connection goes in and out
Rated 3 out of 5 by crki ok
Product did not work for me. Called Tech Support, problem not solved. Returned product and bought different wireless card. Same problem. Disabled firewall and antivirus in order to get new product to work. Then reinstalled firewall and antivirus. No problems since.
Original product would probably have worked wonderfully if antivirus and firewall did not prevent any wireless card from being installed.
Problem not with product, but with installation unknowingly blocked (or at least portions of it).
Rated 1 out of 5 by Stucco False Advertisement
On the box it said that it is compatible with Windows and Linux/Unix. The CD that came in the box only had drivers for Windows (XP and 7). I needed to install the card on a desktop running Ubuntu. I went to Wintec support / drivers download, and it was no help. I also read online that I have to mess around with ndiswrapper and/or run something similar to a windows emulator. I decided to return the card, get my $15 back, and purchase a 50-foot CAT6 cable for $8.98 plus tax.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Bitfiddiler This product should be avoided at all costs!
It loaded and the utility that comes with it is very impressive. It worked in my lab when it was 10 feet from the router... very well I might add BUT when it was more than 30 feet away it did not work well at all. It constantly dropped signal or worked very slowly. I made every remedy and eliminated as much possible interference but it still dropped signal only less often.
This product is a NOT wireless-N and the documentation more or less states that it isn't. It is only wireless-G which renders it about useless. Also WINTEC only seems to make this one model and maybe this was just a failed experiment????
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ponieboy Wintec FileMate PCI Wireless-N Network Adapter
This product would detect my wireless network, however it would only allow 0.74 mbs in. May have been a fluke, however I did not want to waste my time waiting for a replacement.
Rated 3 out of 5 by viseo32 Not an "N" connection
Positives: Easy to install into the slot and load the drivers from the dvd, price was good.
Neagatives: I bought this to replace an "N" USB adapter - would usually get 150mg connection on my Netgear wireless N router - that was OK except I had to unplug/plug the usb each time to get recognized (too much a pain).
This would be great if I got more speed. Usually it is 72mps no matter where I have the router or PC. If you are happy with that, this works great. Not acceptable for an "N" card. I will be taking this back to try something else.
Rated 1 out of 5 by ShinBone2 Will not work with Windows 8
Rated 1 out of 5 by DannyDanny Didnt Work on COmputer
This was included in the upgrade bundle wanted wifi with my desktop when i got the desktop wasn't installed fine went to install and no more on board to add this so what was, its purpose to add this to the bundle if it doesn't Fit!!
Rated 1 out of 5 by stoneoak DOA
Dead out of the box. Tried re-installing in different slots and re-installing software numerous times. Windows could see it and recognize it, but it would not do anything.
Rated 1 out of 5 by glove24 Junk
I installed and configured the network card and it says I have excellent signal strenght but whenever I open a internet browser it wont load the page. Probably why it was only fifteen dollars.
Rated 3 out of 5 by jstmechell It does not work very well in a bedroom and your router is in the livingroom continues to go off and on.