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Included drivers work fine Win7- online drivers not at all!
Pros: Jumbo frames, fast fast fast... Drivers galore for practically any Operating System you can name. Realtek chipset.
Cons: Windows 7 MUST use drivers from (included) CD and NOT those downloadable online.
Other Thoughts: I am the author of probably the previous review that was negative. Thanks to another reviewer here, I thought to check the included CD. Quite frankly I'd never seen it, one of those mini CDs.
When you buy any hardware, conventional wisdom tells you to check online because drivers will be the most updated. Not this time - Windows 7 in both x86 and x64 wouldn't turn the thing on with the online drivers. Thanks to the reviewer here (Stephen R.) who suggested using "older" drivers. Solved it and this will get me through the current mission.
Reviewed By:N/A,4/3/2015 6:09:20 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
Pros: In theory this had drivers for everything and seemed perfect and inexpensive.
Cons: It's in an HP laptop which dual boots Windows 7 x86 and x64. In both cases the RJ45 port lights fine until the OS is fully booted.
Other Thoughts: When in doubt over an inexpensive device I was assured by Realtek chipset. I've never had one fail. I've had several with driver issues, but it always runs a long time. So in this case is it a case of scouring the internet for "better" drivers? Or, should I wait for my message to be returned or package it up for a replacement?
All I say is, if you order this, don't wait weeks to try it, plug it in and get yer drivers. I was a network tester for some product you might have, and II'm throwing int eh towel because I can't afford inexpensive parts anymore.
Cons: Feels cheap, like it won't last Small movements can sometimes cause it to disconnect, but this is not much of an issue if your laptop is sitting on the desk with external peripherals connected. Connecting the ethernet cable sometimes causes it to click out (This is probably more of a flaw with expresscard not this product)
Other Thoughts: For the price this thing is great, and it allowed me to effortlessly add an additional ethernet port to a laptop which couldn't support it any other way.
Reviewed By:distort,12/29/2014 11:39:07 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
Pros: The card installed automatically in Win7-64 Home Premium on a Compaq V6120US.upon insertion into the slot, with what seemed to be generic Win7 drivers that were dated in 2009. Those are the drivers I'd recommend.
Cons: I don't recommend updating the driver with the package found on the mediatek driver download site for the Ralink "PCI/ mPCI / CB(RT2860/ RT2760/ RT2890)" dated 11/29/2012!
Other Thoughts: The update driver function in Win7 Device Manager said it could not find newer drivers, but the mediatek site shows a much newer update was released for the Ralink RT2860 chipset. I downloaded that installer package and it ran without issues. Unfortunately the card established an initial connection at only 54 mbps and within 7-10 minutes was running only 5.5 mbps. I removed it and it was very, very warm. I let the card cool, reinserted it, and that same thing happened again. I rolled back the driver in Device Manager and it once again connects at 135-150 mbps and remains stable.
Reviewed By:N/A,8/9/2014 3:41:00 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Pros: Works fine, installed without issues in Compaq Presario V6120US; immediately connected at 135 mbps with good signal strength. Plug and play, no need to use driver CD with Win7-64.
Cons: Not the most stable in the ExpressCard slot but for $5 with promo code I am not complaining. Not worth a one-star deduction.
Other Thoughts: This particular notebook usually has a wired mouse and keyboard attached to 2 of the 3 USB ports, so leaving the third one open for a flash drive rather than using it for a WiFi adapter was pretty much necessary.
The V6000 series is known to have motherboard issues that render the onboard WiFi inoperative. Mine finally quit the other day and when I found this for barely over $5 I figured it was worth a shot. I had updated this notebook to Win 7-64 a while back and thought I'd just boot it up, insert the card, and see if it would install without any other action. It was immediately recognized, the proper Ralink drivers were installed very quickly (without any need for an internet connection). A few seconds later, the icon for "network(s) available" appeared in the systray, I entered the password for our home network and it connected immediately. I'd definitely recommend this if you have a free ExpressCard slot.
Reviewed By:sejarzo,8/7/2014 11:17:08 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is Somewhat High and has owned this product less than 1 day.