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365 of 393 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2013
I purchased this to add wireless connectivity to my Raspberry Pi running OpenELEC. My intention was to have the Pi sit in my second floor bedroom and stream media (movies and music mostly) from the HTPC running XBMC downstairs.

Upon plugging it in, I went to the settings screen in OpenELEC and entered in my wireless networking information. I rebooted for good measure and went to system information and found that it had no IP address. After verifying my wireless settings and rebooting once more, I still wasn't connected.

I tried a boatload of things, including installing RaspBian, RaspBMC, different versions of OpenELEC, various command line voodoo, disabling Wifi authentication, etc. None of this worked until I used a powered USB hub, and then it connected automagically. I was simultaneously relieved and frustrated when it worked. Relieved because it finally worked, frustrated because I spent so much time with it.

Now, several people have said that this doesn't need a powered hub for the Pi- which is actually why I bought it. My personal experience was that it did. I have seen things from other people about having to change their power supply to make Wifi adapters work on the pi - I didn't have another to use. Just keep that in mind that if you have trouble, try a powered USB hub before you tear your hair out.

With the Wifi now running properly, I took the Pi to my upstairs bedroom and set it up. I had previously verified that 1080p movies on the wired LAN ran without jitter or buffering. Playing with it on wireless, I found that I had to set my video streams to transcode to 1mbps 720p in order to stream without buffering. I was just happy that it was working, so I was OK with the quality drop.

If you are looking to stream high quality media over this I would suggest one of the other 300mbps or even 450mbps adapters available online. If you are just looking for a cheap, low-profile wireless adapter for web browsing, this should function perfectly.
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166 of 182 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
I was amazed at how tiny it is! About the width of my little finger pad and not longer than the first either! I used this for my mom's Sony internet TV , which was having trouble connecting to Netflix and the internet was running rather slow. As soon as I plugged it in, I went to internet settings and the thing picked up our WiFI from a different room immediately! Internet and Netflix 10 times faster than it was! Extremely happy with the delivery time too. I was originally told I would have to wait 'til April to get it; I received it 3/14! Awesome!
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192 of 212 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2012
We've struggled in our home trying to find those isolated locations where our new little Toshiba Netbook (NB-305 model)would be able to make a decent connection to our Linksys wireless-G, 2.4GHz broadband router. Basically, if we didn't have a direct line of sight to the router we'd have signal trouble often resulting in disconnection from the internet. We just received and plugged this new Edimax into the USB port and within one minute found that we now have good reception (5 bars) from almost anywhere in our two story house. I even went outside down to the water's edge (30 ft from house) and still had full signal. Perhaps now my wife will join me fishing this summer if she's able to shop Amazon from the canoe while I fish! (Strike that -- it's probably not such a good idea.) Our netbook also gave us very limited usage in public venues such as coffee houses due to weak reception. We'd have to sit very close to the router to get a good signal. Looking forward to trying out the Edimax in some of these public facilities very soon.
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192 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
I purchased this to use it with a desktop in the upstairs bedroom directly avove the room in which the router is placed.. We recently switched our service provider to and the connection speed of 50 Mbps. My laptop connects without any problems when in upstairs bedroom with its built-in wifi and the speed I get is about 22 Mbps, when I take it downstairs in the same room as the router it jumps from 22 to 30Mbps, (45 Mbps via ethernet).

I tried the Edimax with my laptop which has no problem connecting when downstairs but in the bedroom it keeps loosing the signal intermittently. My laptop has Windows 7 installed.

I tried it with my second laptop which is an IBM Thinkpad with Ubuntu 12.04 installed. The speed I was getting downstairs was 12 Mbps which I thought was not bad but upstairs the speed dropped to barely 2 Mbps and sometimes no signal

I decided to return it and selected another adapter TP-Link TL-WN722N which worked like a charm on all my machines.

If you will be using the unit in the same room as the router be it Linux or Windows, this will work for you but if the router and the unit are at a distance, particularly on different floors you will have issues.

The main reason for poor performance could be attributed to the unit being very tiny and the built-in antenna is not powerful enough for it to work at a fair distance from router particularly if there are walls and floors in the way.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2012
Got this 802.11n wireless USB adapter for a slightly older laptop that came out just before 11n was standard. The fact it's so tiny means no worries about knocking it out or around when moving the laptop. I was afraid that would mean spotty or poor performance, but that's just not the case. It reports the signal is stronger than with the 11g connection.

Installation was simple. Switched off the internal G wireless, plugged in this tiny adapter and loaded up the software. No issues at all and was up in less than 10 minutes. This was the last non-11n device I had, so now I've locked the router into 11n mode only. The throughput is noticeably faster for all devices - not just the laptop.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I have been using this about a week and no problems to speak of. When I installed it Win 7 claims to have installed it and it was ready to use before I even got the CD in but don't think it was really installed until I ran the installation which took no time and gave me no problems. My router is in a closed cabinet about 10 feet away from my computer and my signal strength is always over 90% and 'link quality' whatever that means is always 100%. When I reboot my computer or when it wakes up from hibernating I am instantly re-connected with no action needed on my part. A little window pops up letting me see the signal and settings options each time (I could probably disable this if I wanted). The user interface in my opinion is as detailed as it needs to be without being cumbersome. I let it show me a signal strength meter in the system tray but there are no unwanted 'extras' bundled with it that I can see. I was deciding between this and some more expensive adapters made by brands I recognize and some with bigger 'antennas' but glad I settled with this one because it is perfect for my needs.The tiny price and size are awesome. There is a little blue flashing light on it indicating that there is traffic going on but it is not so bright that it is annoying.

Also I used Speedtest to confirm that my network speed was unchanged from my wired connection. I get >20Mbps through Comcast and this adapter has no problem passing that on to my PC wirelessly.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2012
This is a great little unit. Looks more like a dust cover for the USB socket but it works great. I'm using it as a wireless link on my raspberry pi running raspbmc. It didn't even require drivers, just simple plug and play.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
Perfect for Raspberry Pi. Didn't need to install drivers. Got a great connection from my router. Saw another review suggesting using a powered hub because of a problem dropping connection. I used the usb port on the pi and have no problems.
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
This product is amazing. its the size of my thumb nail, and is fifty feet from the unit: and still gets a 96% connection. threw two walls.. totally worth every penny.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2014
I did a internet speed test at speedtest.net and the wireless adapter that came with my All-In-One E2 Vision AMD tested 5Mbps faster than this Wireless Adapter. My wireless router is in my living room which I can almost see from my PC. I even tested my old wireless laptop and it tested almost double than both of them! Here are the speed test results from speedtest.net:

AND NO, THESE RESULTS ARE NOT MIXED UP.

Edimax 150Mbps Adapter: 3.86Mbps Download Speed / 1.01 Upload Speed
Radeon Adapter came with PC: 10.08 Download Speed / 1.10 Upload Speed
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