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AirLink101 AWLL5088 Wireless N 150 Ultra Mini USB Adapter

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4.2 out of 5 stars 534 customer reviews
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  • Based on Wireless N technology, upto 3 times faster than 80211g WPA2, WPA, and WEP enhanced wireless security provide fully protection for your network
  • The smallest USB adapter: Super mini size and compact design for greater flexibility Fully compatible with 80211b/g/n network devices
  • Frequency Band: 24GHz Standards: IEEE 80211n; IEEE 80211b; 80211g Interface: USB 20/USB 11 Data Rate: Transmitting - Upto 150Mbps; Receiving - Upto 150Mbps
  • Security: WPA2/WPA-PSK (TKIP & AES); WEP 64/128-bit; 8021x Antenna Type: Built-in 1 chip antenna
  • LEDs: Link/Power Quality of Service: WMM Certification: FCC, CE
  • Based on Wireless N technology, upto 3 times faster than 802.11g WPA2, WPA, and WEP enhanced wireless security provide fully protection for your network
  • The smallest USB adapter: Super mini size and compact design for greater flexibility Fully compatible with 802.11b/g/n network devices
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: AirLink
  • Model Number: AWLL5088
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Network Data Transfer Rate: 150 Megabits Per Second

Product Description

Based on Wireless N technology, up to 3 times faster than 802.11g WPA2, WPA, and WEP enhanced wireless security provide fully protection for your network More reliable and stable wireless connection The smallest USB adapter: Super mini size and compact design for greater flexibility Fully compatible with 802.11b/g/n network devices

Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.3 x 0.6 x 0.2 inches
Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces
ASIN B003X26PMO
Item model number AWLL5088
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4.2 out of 5 stars 534 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #698 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories > Wi-Fi Dongles
#9,326 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com July 23, 2010

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By J. Martin on April 26, 2011
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The AirLink101 adapter is probably the smallest wireless-N capable USB adapter you will find. It's small size is ideal for laptop and desktop computers alike, as it doesn't stick out and risk being broken.

First off, the driver that comes with the USB adapter SUCKS. The two adapters I purchased were both used on Windows 7 x64 desktops. While Windows 7 easily detected the device and installed drivers for it, the stock drivers made for a very difficult time getting a reliable connection to the network. The drivers found on the included CD were no better.

Turns out you need to download the RealTek drivers for the 802.11b/g/n Single Chip RTL8188CUS chipset from RealTek's website, as this AirLink adapter uses the RealTek chipset. Once I installed that driver on both desktop computers, my signal strength was much higher and did not drop a connection. Surfing the net was every bit as fast as my wireless-G connections (as expected), and intranet transfers were very quick.

I imagine that many reviewers who gave bad reviews for this adapter did not attempt to update the drivers for it. To really give this adapter a fair shake, do yourself a favor and use the RealTek drivers to avoid headaches or unneeded returns. I'm using this adapter with an Asus RT-N16 router--one computer is about 40 feet away (through two rooms), and the other computer is 2 floors upstairs on the other side of the house, neither are showing signal issues.

So far this is 5-star wireless-N adapter... my only knock is that I just wish the included drivers were a little better for easier setup.
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I had a customer's internal wireless card fail, and found this easier and cheaper. The size is as people say- right about the size of a quarter, and it sticks out of the USB port by less than half a centimeter. This is FAR less annoying to deal with than a typical USB flash drive size adapter or a PC card adapter that sticks out and can get snapped off easily by just one careless bump.

Installation was normal- installed it on a low-end Compaq laptop running 2GB RAM and Windows 7 Ultimate. Put it in the USB port, popped the CD in when Windows asked for a driver and it did it's thing.

The reviewer that reported a poor speed hopefully got one from a bad batch, because mine was right at 150Mbps when one wall away, and fluctuated between 54-105 when three walls away. Throughput was a steady 20Mbps or more [this is file transfer speed, etc., a different spec than connection speed]. I was completely satisfied and do was my client. I just ordered another for a Sony laptop with Windows XP, I'll post another review or edit this one later on.
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Thanks to the tip by J. Martin I never even opened the driver CD that came with this adapter. To be totally honest I didn't really expect much from this little adapter (after all...how big could the antenna be?) But... low and behold I get a solid signal in every room of my 2500sq ft house... including in the upstairs bedroom at the opposite end of my house and the furthest distance from my wireless Belkin Pre-N router (with "multiple" walls in between!) Granted, I have no idea how the included driver CD might have worked... but after reading so many bad reviews about poor signal strength... then reading J Martins review... I didn't think twice about following the advice. It sure worked for me! For those of you complaining about poor signal strength etc... try the Realtek driver! Thanks J Martin.

1) Navigate to the Realtek website.
2) Click on the Downloads tab
3) In the Search Bar type: RTL8188CUS
4) In the next window that appears, click on: >> RTL8188CUS (Software)... (this takes you to the - Software: Drivers & Utilities section.)
5) Scroll down until you locate the heading: RTL8188CUS
6) Under RTL8188CUS, located the description field that says: Utility and Driver Auto Installation Program (Support XP/Vista/Win7)(Install Shield v1.00.0182) (you don't want OmniPeek)
7) Click on one of the download sites of your choice... and save the download (zip file) to your computer.

NOTE: The Realtek download includes a setup utility that includes a bunch of other stuff not really needed (all you really need is the driver. Just unzip the file you just downloaded
and locate the folder titled 88_92_CU_Driver.
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I bought this to go with my new wireless N router. I was kind of bummed they do not make one which can handle the full speed of wireless n, but i figured half the speed would be a great improvement, plus the range increase would also be nice. i just opened it today and it is really really small. plugged it in and win 7 installed some generic driver before i could stop it, but it did not make a difference. followed the directions which came with the adapter and in about 5-10 minutes, i was connected. a few small items to take note of. you can use the win 7 wireless tool to connect to networks, however, whenever my computer shut off, went to sleep, etc, it would not auto connect (even though i told it to). turns out you have to use the airlink tool which gets installed to create a profile and then set that profile as the default profile. then, whenever you restart, turn on, wake it up, etc, it will auto connect without any issues (though the airlink tool does pop up every time).

the transmission speed works best when the router is set for full wireless n mode (some routers have a mixed mode). it connected in this mode, but the speed was half its max. setting the router to full wireless n resulted in full speed on the adapter side. other than that, it really works great. our internal connection to our network drive is much faster (transferred a 600MB movie in about 2.5 min, which used to take 5-6 min. the range has also improved (through 2 walls, i was still at 80% strength and 120 speed).

would def recommend.
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