- Brand Name: AirLink
- Model Number: AWLL5088
- Connectivity Technology: Wireless
- Network Data Transfer Rate: 150 Megabits Per Second
AirLink101 AWLL5088 Wireless N 150 Ultra Mini USB Adapter
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Did work, even after following all instructions and even getting a tech guy to install it for me.Published 5 months ago by JD
Those are amazigly easy to use, small form factor allows to put anywhere. I have bought 3 of those and used over the years, with 100% success, on newer and older desktops, laptops. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DenV
Love the low profile! I have had this for years and it continues to work great! I have had some connection issues rarely and I just unplug it and plug it back in and it fixes the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ScottFam