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Great value for price, but lackluster speed and reception
on January 21, 2011
I bought this for a laptop with a broken wifi card. I did not want to buy one of the bigger wifi dongles because they tend to break and/or wear out the USB ports. Size-wise, this mini-dongle is barely noticeable. It is so small, you can plug it in and forget about it. Unfortunately, it can't beat the laws of physics and small size means also a small antenna and poor reception. There is a reason why many wifi-addon adapters come with huge antennas. This little thing does not get full signal strength even within 20ft of the router. As a result, even though this is advertised as a wireless-n card, you won't get wireless N speeds. The best I have seen was 54mbs, but oftentimes less as the adapter slows down when the signal weakens. That being said, you still can't go wrong for this price. Unless you have a huge home, this card should be adequate. Otherwise it works great. I ran streaming radio on it for hours without a single hiccup. Despite weak signal strength, the adapter has never actually dropped the signal. Unlike other mini-dongles, this one does not get very hot, just a little warm. Driver installation was a breeze. The card uses a standard Realtek chipset. Windows update detected the card right away and had a more current driver than supplied on the mini-CD.
Note that this adapter does NOT have a WPS button, even though the packaging advertises this feature.