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5.0 out of 5 stars N speeds on dual bands, April 12, 2011
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This review is from: Linksys/Cisco AE1000 300Mbps 802.11n Dual-Band Wireless LAN USB 2.0 Adapter w/Extension Cable (Black)(Refurbished) (Personal Computers)
This is a good item, if you're having speed/connection issues after install you might need to tweak your router depending on your situation.

To understand how this will perform in your specific situation you have to know something about networking.

The the factors that influence wifi speed are:
1-5Ghz N has trouble going through walls (the denser the wall the worse it gets).
2-using mixed mode(g and n) is more likely to bring down connection speed and cause connection issues.
3-having a lot of "wireless" activity can also bring lower speeds and connection problems(you can fiddle with this by chosing a channel that performs better).

I have a cisco E3000 (N on 5Ghz and N on 2.4Ghz, both with a different Network ID)and a connected belkin N150 as an access point for G on 2.4Ghz with also, its own network ID.
I have devices with N on 2.4Ghz, G on 2.4Ghz end with the AE1000, N on 5Ghz.

This setup gives optimal speeds and solid connections after finding the channels with the best performance(least interference from wireless noise).

My walls are "pre-war" (cement on lathe)and thus 5Ghz(and to lesser extent 2.4Ghz) "killers". There is one long hall and I use the AE1000 to connect to the router at the other end of the apt..
Between the living room (where I want to stream with the AE1000) and the room where the router is located there are 3 cement on lathe walls and I live in NYC so there is always a lot of wireless competition(20+ networks broadcasting their id and surely some that are not broadcasting their id, wireless phones, microwave ovens, etc.).

My speed readings are:
-N-5Ghz-AE1000 inside L.room ->~118Mbps
-N-5Ghz-AE1000 by hall->270-300Mbps (13Mbps before finding a clear channel)
-N-2.4Ghz -AE1000 inside L.room->~180Mbps
-N-2.4Ghz -laptop inside L.room near window->180-240Mbps

So I just installed this by the hall(L.room doorway) with an extra usb extender cable and everything is speedy.

So this works great (when you know the limitations).

If you are having connection and/or speed issues, try to
-avoid "mixed mode" on a radio
-separate your wireless networks by speed
-switch channels until you find one that's the least conmgested/gives the highest speeds.
-check that your N mode is set to use 20Mhz AND 40Mhz Channel width.

Hope this helps someone.
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Initial post: May 9, 2011 8:55:12 AM PDT
MVD_2080 says:
Excellent review. Real world statistics that allow the reader to understand the limitations and capabilities of the item. Thank you for sharing!

Posted on Sep 25, 2011 12:44:10 PM PDT
Does this require driver installation to work? What if you are running Linux? Shouldn't a USB device auto detect without any added drivers?

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 12:15:32 PM PDT
Min Oo says:
Thanks I have the same issue regarding wireless competition in my neighborhood. I have a trendnet router and it drops the connection all the time. So, I'm looking for a good wireless router to replace that junk. And also, my apartment structure is not a wifi-friendly either, signal has to come through two walls.
Thanks for the tips.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 9:03:13 AM PST
J.F. says:
Wonderful review. What I want to hear in a review... how your using so I can compare to my situation and avoid reinventing the wheel when setting it up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 7:50:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2013 7:51:36 PM PST
"Mad Dog" says:
I have a Belkin DB N750 dual band 300mb/sec router. I have an old HP desktop that I keep tripping over the CAT 5 cable laying on the floor to get connectivity. Is there any truth that adapters should match the router manufacturer? This product is almost 1/3 the price of the Belkin N450/N600 DB adapter. What about PCI card with external antenna? The antenna would be in the rear of the computer so wondering if that hurts the signal?
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