Cisco-Linksys WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Network Adapter
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- - High-speed Wireless-N (draft 802.11n) networking for notebook and desktop computers
- - MIMO technology uses multiple radios per band to create robust signals for maximum range and speed, with reduced dead spots
- - Operates in the 2.4 and 5GHz radio bands -- choose the one with least congestion in your area
- - Also connects to Wireless-G, -B, and -A networks
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Thus far, the unit has worked great but . . . I did not install the unit as instructed by the directions. Having had problems with Linksys software on a previous wireless card, I took a hint from another reviewer and I hooked it up and used the Windows XP install hardware utility to install the unit. Just use the driver off the Linksys install CD. I use the XP wireless network connection to manage it. The Verizon wireless G router is on the second floor and I use this in the basement with no connectivity problems.
I think the WUSB600N is great, the small size takes up almost no space on my desk and the USB format means I can swap it between machines. I am completely satisfied and recommend it - with the installation caveat.
I also bought a Linksys WRT600N router to upgrade my whole wireless system too. The idea of dual band 2.4/5Ghz seemed attractive enough. Also, I thought that by buying from the same manufacturer I should have very few issues.
I have four PCs at home 3 x wireless "G" (XP SP3 + Vista SP1 + MAC)+ 1 x wireless "B" (XP SP3), so this USB Wireless "N" computer would have been the only one capable of all the extra features and range.
The installation of the USB adapter software went fine and it connected almost right away. So I thought I was done. Almost immediately my daughter started complaining of lost connection issues. I blamed it on her finagling with the wireless software, but it turned out that she was right. The system would take a long time to connect after booting up the PC, then would disconnect after 2 or 3 minutes, and would connect again may be 30 min later. I could not manually force a connection (even though Linksys software advisor would say that I was connected to the router).
To summarize, I called tech support today and was pleasantly surprised to speak to a human after no more than 2 minutes. But after 50 min on the phone, and several holds while he was in turn asking questions to somebody else, he came back saying that I'd be better off returning the USB adapter and getting a Linksys WMP300N which he swore is a dual radio band (even though I read somewhere that it works at 2.4 GHz only).
Too bad I bought this online, but it was from Amazon, so I am returning it today.
As of today's date, however, I cannot recommend it for Windows 7. Cisco had a driver on their website but it was withdrawn. I got a beta of a replacement for it and managed to coax it into the machine, but only the 2.4gHz "g" band works (and this is a dual band NIC). Now, several weeks after my most recent contact with Cisco, there is still no ETA on a new one. As most people buying this adapter want the expanded range, I would hold off until you can be sure drivers exist.
UPDATE: Cisco has finally posted Windows7 drivers. I have only tried these on Win7 Professional, but have it on several machines. Dual Band is working and the connections are very stable.
Now recommended for Win 7.
While I've been happy with Linksys equipment for years. This new product is going back to Staples tomorrow and I'll see if someone else's equipment works better.
For more information, see my review of the WRT160N.
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I have an older MacBook and the wifi stopped working properly bought this to fix the problem since my MacBook was no longer under extended warranty and it works fairly well! Read morePublished 2 months ago by SMK
Great wifi stick! High speed connection with no drops or lag of any kind!Published 2 months ago by SR
Have had this item for about 4 years now. Currently have it on a Windows 8.1 machine and it is rock solid. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SeattleRR
on the description it said it would work with my computer. when It arrived and plugged it in it wouldn't work so I researched it and it only works with windows vista. Read morePublished 10 months ago by william thornwald