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Linksys AE2500 Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter

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AE2500
  • Leading Wireless-N technology for top performance and range
  • High Speed (up to 300 Mbps) for fast wireless transfer rates
  • Superior range with multiple (MIMO) antennas
  • Dual-Band to avoid interference and maximize throughput
  • Ideal for connecting anywhere in your home
  • Ideal for avoiding congestion in active online households
  • Ideal for getting connected to Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Ideal for streaming video and gaming
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Technical Details

Model: AE2500
  • USB Powered

Product Details

Model: AE2500
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 0.9 x 0.4 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0054YQO5C
  • Item model number: AE2500
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (665 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 8, 2011

Product Description

Model: AE2500

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.

From the Manufacturer

High Speed

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 will enjoy a powerful networking experience for surfing, chatting, sharing, or playing online.

Advanced Security & Quick to Install

Set up your Adapter in a few quick steps with a simple Setup Wizard.

Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with the latest in WPA2 security to help keep your network protected.

Superior Wireless Range

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.

The Power of Dual-Band

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.

Easy Setup

The included setup wizard installs your adapter quickly and makes going wireless easy.

Customer Reviews

It drops connection every minute or so.
Traceguy
The refurbished Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter works great on my older laptop.
NICK KLAENE
My recommendation is NOT TO BUY this product.
JAMES P YOUNG

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Samuel G. Masini on June 13, 2012
Style Name: AE3000 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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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Smith on September 3, 2011
Style Name: AE2500
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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113 of 129 people found the following review helpful By jetch on November 12, 2011
Style Name: AE2500 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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By ShopperExtraordinaire on July 5, 2012
Style Name: AE3000 Verified Purchase
Purchased this because the internal wireless card that came with my Gateway desktop didn't work properly. And it's easier to buy a solution than to deal with their tech support. (1st and only Gateway product I will ever purchase). The computer is upstairs at other end of 5000 sq ft house from link-sys 3000 router. Never gets less than 3-4 bars. Very easy installation on Windows 7 - literally plug and play after installation of software. Have used it for 2 months now. Absolutely no problems. 100% satisfied.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Posner on January 4, 2013
Style Name: AE3000 Verified Purchase
This product is the must have 5 Gigahertz wifi adapter. The setup disk is one click done install of driver. Be sure to install before installing adapter into USB slot. Also ensure you do not inadvertently connect to a 2.4 Gigahertz router in the house if you need 5 G-Hertz! Keep in mind 5 G-Hertz by definition will not give you a strong signal as 2.4, but nothing beats it in terms of interference issues using 2.4 routers. Many reviews here are complaining of either a weak signal or no signal. The no signal reviews are likely attributed to connecting to your 2.4 G-Hertz router (where you have a lot of interference). The weaker signal reviews are likely attributed to the limitation of the 5 G-Hertz signal by definition. Keep in mind the 5 G-Hertz signals is not intended for any long distance as 2.4 G-Hertz devices perform. The primary advantage of 5 G-Hertz is to bypass interference if you have strong issues with microwaves and cordless phones. The only downside will be your signal strength. Please keep this in mind when presenting your Amazon reviews! Otherwise this is a great product with 3 built in attennas!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dennis L. Enderson on March 8, 2013
Style Name: AE3000 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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