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Linksys AE2500 Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter

by Linksys
4.1 out of 5 stars 1,410 customer reviews
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Model: N600 Style: Wireless
  • Ideal for connecting anywhere in your home
  • Dual-Band to avoid interference and maximize throughput
  • High Speed (up to 300 Mbps) for fast wireless transfer rates
  • Leading Wireless-N technology for top performance and range
  • Superior range with multiple (MIMO) antennas
  • Ideal for getting connected to Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Ideal for avoiding congestion in active online households
  • Ideal for streaming video and gaming
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Product Description

Model: Model: N600 Style: Wireless

Upgrade to Dual-Band N to avoid interference and enjoy superior performance. Connect your computer with the speed and range of Dual-Band N to surf the web, share photos, stream videos, and game online. Enhance your computer with the flexibility and high performance of Dual-Band Wireless-N. Just plug the Adapter into your computer's USB port to wirelessly connect to a network or hotspot. With transfer rates up to 300 Mbps you'll enjoy a powerful networking experience for surfing, chatting, sharing, or playing online. Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys AE2500 offers optimal coverage and reliability. Multiple MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antennas boost signal strength so you can enjoy dependable wireless connectivity whether at home or at Wi-Fi hotspots on the go. Improve your wireless performance with dual-band N (operates at 2.4 or 5 GHz) designed to avoid interference and maximize throughput for smoother and faster video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming. Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with the latest in WPA2 security to help keep your network protected. The included setup wizard installs your adapter quickly and makes going wireless easy.

Product Information

Model:Model: N600 Style: Wireless

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Wireless Type 802.11n
Brand Name Linksys
Item model number AE2500
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.9 x 0.9 x 0.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 2.87 x 0.94 x 0.35 inches
Color One Color
Computer Memory Type DRAM

Technical Specification

Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF ]

Additional Information

ASIN B0054YQO5C
Customer Reviews
4.1 out of 5 stars 1,410 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #91 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories > Wi-Fi Dongles
#889 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Date First Available June 8, 2011

Warranty & Support

Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: Model: N900 Style: Wireless Verified Purchase
I read about the old model some bad things (heating, disconnecting, bad signal etc) so I was affraid to go for Linksys to upgrade my home wireless network to N band, 5Ghz.
The fact is I needed this adapter for my wife`s windows xp sp3 notebook. She spends most of the day on internet, wireless.
The distance between the notebook and linksys router is no more far than 4m, same room (no stairs or floors).
Here are the results:
1. Signal Strenght: between 385mbps - 450mbps
2. Signal Stability: 100%
3. Connection: 100%, never lost it.
4. Temperature: warm to hot, but keeps working with no failures
5. Installation: I did almost nothing, just inserted CD and after 2 clicks, done.
This is the new linksys router I bought together with this adapter: Linksys EA4500 App-Enabled N900 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with Gigabit and USB.
Family 100% happy ! :-)
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Style Name: Model: N600 Style: Wireless
Bought this dual band AE2500 adapter to replace my old single band adapter. Installation was quick and painless. Insert CD, wait until it tells you to plug in
the adapter, chose your network and off you go. It probably didn't take me 30 seconds from the time I inserted the CD Rom drivers disk until I was connected.
I have a Vizio Dual Band Router which is one of the Best Bang for the Buck Dual Band Routers out there Btw. The AE2500 Found the routher without any issues.
The only choice I had to make was at which frequency I wanted to connect. I have tried both 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz and the 5ghz band was over 3 times as fast vs
the 2.4ghz at least in my household. The computer I connected it to is upstairs and the adapter still connected through several walls and ceiling.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase. We shall see if it will hold up over the months to come.
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Style Name: Model: N600 Style: Wireless Verified Purchase
I purchased this adapter based on reviews of the product, however something else to consider is customer support if things go wrong. I bought this new (not refurbished) and it did not work from the beginning. I was getting .8Mbps throughput where my other wireless adapter gave me 9Mbps in the same exact location. I spent hours online trying to update drivers and find a solution.

I finally contacted technical support where they had me try a few things that did not work. the woman said it needed to be replaced. I had to hang up and call back for customer support (she couldn't just connect me because they are outsourced). The woman i spoke to this time said it wasn't documented that a replacement was warranted so asked me how exactly I updated the drivers. I explained exactly. She gave me a new ticket number and again said I had to hang up and call customer support. I did and again was told that it wasn't documented that a replacement was warranted (everything else was apparently documented, both calls). I did the tech support thing again and this time, they documented that a replacement was warranted. I called customer support and was told that they would be sending me a refurbished unit once i ship and they receive my defective adapter! I complained that I bought it new and it has never worked and that I should be given a new unit. The woman didn't care, just said that was the policy, and with every complaint I made, i got the same response. that's their policy.

So, if you want to buy a cisco-linksys product, go ahead but if it doesn't work, don't expect much support and definately do not expect a new replacement to your defective unit.
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Style Name: Model: N600 Style: Wireless
As has been said many, many times in the reviews before mine, the AE2500 will not hold a connection. This appears to be due to a design flaw that causes the adapter to overheat. Clearly, based on the reviews below as well as Cisco's own forums, this is a common problem. I don't know why Cisco continues to sell a product that doesn't work for approximately half the people who purchase it. This will be the last Cisco product I ever buy. I'd welcome everyone else to join me in the Cisco boycott.
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Style Name: Model: N900 Style: Wireless Verified Purchase
To get optimum performance out of a Dual-Band Wireless-N router, you need to get Dual-Band Wireless-N adapters. There are plenty of Wireless-N adapters out there, all of which brag about being up to the "latest standard" and offering "blazing fast" WiFi performance. However, if you have a Dual-Band router, you are throttling your maximum connection speed down to no more than 130 Mbps unless you spend a little more and get the right kind of WiFi adapters. The Linksys AE3000 will do the job very well for an excellent price.

Mine was out of the box, plugged in, installed and running in less than 5 minutes. I did not use the CD that came with the adapter. I downloaded the current driver software from the Linksys website and unzipped it on my hard drive. When I plugged in the adapter, I directed Windows to use these files to locate the appropriate driver. My system happens to have the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium installed, so I chose this driver package from the website.

The AE3000 initially connected on my D-Link DIR-825 router's 2.4 GHz band at 130 Mbps, just like an ordinary Wireless-N adapter. I have the router configured such that the SSID is "invisible" for better security, and the adapter could not initially "see" the 5 GHz band. I logged on to my router and temporarily set the SSID for the 5 GHz band to "visible," which allowed the AE3000 to spot it right away. When I connected this time - Wow! - I had a 300 Mbps connection. I tested file transfers between several systems on my home network and found dramatically improved speeds. This was exactly what I was looking for. (By the way, I didn't forget to log back on to the router and reset my 5 GHz band SSID to "invisible.
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