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on January 23, 2012
This adapter is very, very slow.
First of all, the driver found in the bundled CD is horrible. I could only get speeds of around 70 KB/s with that. Afterwards, I noticed that Windows Update had found a driver update for this device (released on January 2011 - and FYI the actual chipset is a Realtek RTL8192CU). After installing that, I saw a dramatic increase in download speeds (up to 500 KB/s, but it would still drop to slower rates at random). Tried the latest Realtek driver from July 2011, but couldn't notice a difference in speed between that and the Windows Update one. For your reference, I could get these files at over 2MB/s with my other wireless adapter, and my OS is Windows 7 x64.
I tried both Hulu and Netflix, but they were both unwatchable due to constant buffering. With my other adapter Hulu buffers for a second or two at the beginning of the video, and then never pauses due to buffering issues. With this Belkin adapter, on the other hand, the video was stopping every 10 seconds.
Oh, and during the entire time I had this connected to my PC, the signal strength to the router was excellent. So, download rate issues do not appear to be from poor wireless connectivity.
Maybe I have a defective unit, but at this point I can't recommend it.