Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11
Rated 4 out of 5 by Itzmepete The Good and The Bad on this Adapter
Got this adapter 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. Actually ordered this and a Wintec FileMate PCI Wireless-N Network Adapter PCI card. The Wintec PCI adapter preformed poorly so I tried this one. Now for the Bad and The Good.
1) $18, picked up after a week.
2) Hook up was easy on WinXP, didn't need the install disk. Win Vista needed the install disk but was easy.
3) Good range, not great but way better than my old Linksys WMP54GV4 G pci card. Compared it on my laptop with built in Wifi and signal was the same. Not bad for its size and add on USB.
4) 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. Then I plugged it into the rear USB ports on my desktop which are motherboard mounted USB's and got 12/15 MBs download and 4MBs upload consistantly.
Nothing really but while the adapter is a "N" adapter, Wifi is 2.4 Ghtz so DON'T expect the range to be much better than your old G card. I suspect speed will be better as well if it was a 5 Ghtz adapter.
While "N" band is advertised as higher speed and more range it ONLY gives you more range and better speeds when 5 Ghtz is incorporated in the adapter and used with a router with a 5ghtz set up. This wifi adapter IS a "N" adapter but not a 5ghtz but a 2.4 ghtz so range is not there but still very good at 4 out of 5 bars in a 2 story house at opposite ends. 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.
The stats, Desktop running WinXP, I used a new Netgear N600 Dual Band (2.4 and 5 Ghtz) BGN router (excellent) 4 feet away. I tested speeds with 2 different sites (speedtest and speakeasy) with the ability to test locally in my city. It tested at 12 Mbs download and 4 Mbs upload on my Desktop and 15 / 16 Mbs on mt laptop dopwnstairs. 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 (20 Mbs). My 1 year old HP laptop running Vista has built in wifi B and G card signal but no N on 2.4Ghtz. Its connected at my 2.4 Ghtz network and tests at 18 to 20 Mbs consistantly with 4 out of 5 bars on its built in card and 14MBs to 16 MBs using this USB Adapter. "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).
Would I recommend?
Yes, If it was a 5Ghtz adapter with this size it would be nothing less than awesome.
Rated 4 out of 5 by cucumberly adequate receiver for the money
It doesn't have the range I would have liked. But the price was right and its in use now.
Rated 5 out of 5 by vacookers Great Mini Adapter
This is a great deal for a WLAN adapter. The plus is that it is really small. I haven't noticed any problems, and it seems to pick up the signal fine. Installation is easy, must use disk in win 7, just click next>next>next.
Rated 5 out of 5 by NJ785 Small but very effective
I bought this wifi dongle device not expecting too much but I am very surprised at the ease of connectivity and signal strength. Very impressive. Love it.
Rated 4 out of 5 by warpwiz Good hardware, OK software
Once installed, this products works very well. Speed tests showed that the I/O was similiar with wired and wireless. It is also nice to have such a small unit for this purpose. Much better than a dongle sticking out where knees, dogs and kids can snap it off.
The install software could use some work. I finally figured out what I was doing wrong on the 2nd try and the install was successful. But an installer utility should not ask so much. If I were a newbie or otherwise unknowing about PCs, I may not have been able to complete the driver install.
Rated 5 out of 5 by vbjunkie Outstanding performance!
I got this adapter to replace a CNet adapter, after a little accident. I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it works. It used to take about 30 sec. for my computer to connect to the internet. Now, it's almost instantly connected. I would absolutely buy this again.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ydobon Really nice small wireless NIC.
It was easy to set up once I read the instructions !!
Don't think its as sensitive as my Belkin, but it's only the size of a dime ,so there cant be much antenna in it .
I do have to be carefull not to knock it of when putting the laptop away.
I'd buy another when i need it !!
Rated 5 out of 5 by espnkeith great purchase
great product, has been working great for a couple months now with full bar connectivity, no weirdness at all
Rated 5 out of 5 by tguthre This works as good as promised or better!!
This product allows my laptop to receive wi-fi smoothly throughout the house. I don't even have to think about it . And , it is so small and compact, it does not become a cumbersome piece of equipment that I have to work around to use my computer.
I am impressed!
Rated 4 out of 5 by KarynRH Works well, easy to install.