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D-Link Wireless Dual Band AC1000 Mbps USB Wi-Fi Network Adapter (DWA-180)

  • Dual Band – Up to 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) or 650 Mbps (5 GHz)
  • Compatible with older Wi-Fi routers and range extenders
  • WPS push button setup

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1 out of 5 eggsMisleading

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Maybe someone can explain how D-Link can advertise a 650 Mbit data rate on a device that's capped at 480 Mbit by the USB 2.0 Standard that this device is specified for????

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  • Ronald R.
  • 9/8/2014 11:24:59 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWork well on a Mac

Pros: Dramatically improves both download and upload speeds on an older iMac desktop when using a new ac router. The boxed product states it need windows as a system requirement; however a driver can be downloaded from the D-Link support site that can be installed on a Mac 10.6 (10.7 & 10.8 as well).

Cons: No CD insulation or instruction for Mac. I have also had a small issue with fluxing signal strength but this could be associated with other environmental issues.

Other Thoughts: I purchased a new ac router due to poor Wi-Fi in a large older house (with some plaster walls). My primary objective was to improve performance on a Mac desktop at the complete opposite end of the house from the Wi-Fi router. Once the router was installed, I checked the speed on the Mac. I installed the D-Link DWA 180 into the Mac and the connection speed was over 3 times faster.

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  • Kenneth B.
  • 10/30/2013 10:53:26 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy to install. Load CD and follow instructions. Don't plug in device until told to do so. Click the wireless networks icon to find your network device and click connect. If your network is secure, enter your security password. No complaints while surfacing 2.4/5.0 GHz bands. Have not tried to download large files yet to other computers on my network.

Cons: None so far.

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1 out of 5 eggsBig Potential, Big Disappointment

Pros: Installation was smooth. Follow the instructions. Disable your wireless and Ethernet adapters. Insert CD. And then when instructed, plug in the device.

The device has a WPS button for those who want it.

Size is good, portable, carried around in my pocket. It's about 3 inches long when plugged in; this might be an issue for some but was fine for me. Check your laptop/device's USB port placement and your use cases. However, it is a little wide. See Cons below.

Connection protocols: Future-proofing and backwards compatibility. NewEgg shows support for AC, N, G, B & A. Curiously, D-Link's site only bothers to mention AC, N & G.

Speed - when this works it was fast, sometimes very fast. I ran a series of tests comparing this to my laptop's internal Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6250 AGN WiFi chip. The tests copied ~3.5 GBs of files, small and large, over wireless to another computer. I tested against three different routers, at 5' and on another floor 25'. This adapter was faster in all but one test. The margin differed from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes on transfers that took between 9.5 and 20 minutes. This excels vs. older hardware in networks that can operate at "N300" (2 streams). Environmental factors will play a role in actual performance, but my tests gave me confidence in this device on 2.4 GHz networks. I also used it over a period of days in an office setting with no problems, other than the cons listed below.

Cons: Cutting straight to the chase here - the primary reason I gave this 1 egg:
I found this device consistently failed (took hours) when transferring large sets of files over 5 GHz networks. It didn't matter how far I was from the router, or which wireless router I used. When transferring a large number of files, the time would change from 15 minutes, give or take, over 2.4 GHz to 2.5 HOURS or more over 5 GHz. While measuring with Net Meter and copying with TeraCopy - it appeared that the transfers would hang at final stage of copying files. This was most notable in files ranging in size from 20 MB to 470 MB. However, the problem may exist for smaller files as well.

I reached out to their Support team and gave them ample time to reply. Unfortunately, I never received a response.

Other cons:
Software - The connection / wireless management software is frustrating to say the least. It does not always connect, and it gives no indication why it doesn't connect. In fact, it doesn't give any indication that it's actually doing anything. Switching from one network to another is extremely painful. I don't even know that's what causes the problems. Sometime I open the software, click the Activate button, and nothing. I click a network and then the Connect button, it makes me enter a password, and once again nothing happens. Most of the problems seem to be related to switching from one wireless network to another. This was probably more a problem while I was testing as I was often moving between networks. However, road warriors, café connectors, or anyone keeping their laptop on and moving between connections may also find this frustrating.

Size, Width: As noted above, the size is a plus but they could slim it down a tad more. I have two USB ports next to each other and because of the thickness of this device to plug a device into the other port I had to angle it slightly.

Other Thoughts: My initial impressions with this device were very good. I thought this may be a great adapter to prepare for the future of wireless AC. However, the more I used it, the more frustrated I became with the WiFi Management / Connection software.

And then I discovered the file transfer bug, noted above in cons. I expect this is something D-Link will be able to correct with a firmware or driver update. And I hope they address this and improve their client software soon. However, I cannot recommend this device to anyone knowing that file transfer performance at 5 GHz is pitiful and in some cases is so unacceptable it may as well not work at all.

I was also surprised and disappointed that the D-Link Support team never bothered to reply back to me after I reported the issue (it has been at least 2 weeks).

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3 out of 5 eggsA sheep in wolves clothing?

Pros: Setup is quick and easy, as it should be. Pop in the installation disk and it walks you through installing the appropriate driver. The drivers include support for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 in both 32 and 64-bit flavors. There’s also a link to register the device if you choose to do so. There wasn’t any added bloatware on the disc, which is nice.

The adapter has a WPS button for quick connecting if your router supports it.

Wireless connection manager utility is simple, lightweight, and a good tool for quickly toggling through the various WiFi networks around you. Good if you live in a complex with multiple unsecured hotspots, or while lunching in a shopping plaza on your laptop with free WiFi access points throughout. (no not munching ON your laptop, that would be tech abuse!)

Wireless 802.11AC,N,B,G – ‘nuff said!

Cons: This adapter is pretty large being that it’s designed for portability. It will protrude from your PC/Laptop USB port about 3” when installed. Compare that to most other USB adapters about 1.5-2.5” in length, and this guy is a beast.

There’s no included USB extension cable. Since the adapter is also pretty wide, it may and probably will overlap the adjacent USB ports when the ports are positioned end-to-end, i.e. on the side of a laptop. An extension cable, like the kind that have a built-in weighted desktop stand, would be spectacular to see included with this device.

There's nowhere to put the cap once you plug in the adapter. An easy design feature would be to incorporate a place to snap the cap to the opposite end so you don't lose it… already lost mine :(

This adapter, even though it "supports" data transfer speeds of up to 650mpbs, is only integrated onto an USB2.0 interface. Correct me if I’m wrong somebody, but USB2.0 only supports like 250mbps or so. I’m pretty sure that’s a major design flaw and/or oversight. With that said, I’ve only been seeing peaks of about 120mbps when transferring files across my fully gigabit home network anyway.

Other Thoughts: I did register this device with D-Link just to see what kind of perks I would get out of it… well, registration process hung on step 3 and left me staring at three options; Like them on facebook, tweet about them, or go to their youtube page. I received a confirmation e-mail, but it didn't mention any of the benefits of registering a product. That was lame, oh well. So I don’t recommend registering…

Thank you to D-Link and for providing this device for review.

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2 out of 5 eggsConnection Unreliable

Pros: The range and performance is pretty good on this device, when it works.

Aesthetically, it looks very modern.

It has a WPS button which can be handy.

There's a status/activity LED on the top side of the dongle.

Cons: My connection dropped a LOT when using this. Reliability comes into question when doing anything other than browsing websites. I hope this is something that will be looked at and fixed in the future.

I am also bothered by the software. For some reason it occasionally causes my cursor to have the minor load circle show up at 2 second intervals for a brief flash. I don't know what it's doing to interrupt the system like that but it's probably not a good thing.

Just watching the network scanner can be disturbing; all of my signal strengths are at 100%, but some signals will randomly disappear at times. This -could- be related to the frequent disconnect issue. I cannot be positive on that, however.

Other Thoughts: The status LED is green, not blue as it says in the specs.

The adapter is larger than your average USB adapter, so if you are using it with a laptop you may need to be more careful with it.

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5 out of 5 eggsLarge, but Speed Overcomes All

Pros: * Packaging: Simple, easy to open, mostly recyclable materials used
* Quick install guide is clearly found and marked. Simple to follow.
* Faster speeds on 802.11b network
* Copy speed (average of three runs) on wireless "G" network:

* 1 x 1.06GB file 2min 1sec @9.7MB/s
* 100 files totaling 626KB: 2.93sec @252KB/s

* Copy speed (average of three runs) on wireless "B" (2.4GHz) network:

* 1 x 1.06GB file 3min 28sec @5.2MB/s
* 100 files totaling 626KB: 2.70sec @244KB/s

* Comparative copy speed with Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter (average of three runs):

* 1 x 1.06GB file: 12min 40sec @1.4MB/s
* 100 files totaling 626KB: 3.14sec @200KB/s

Cons: * USB stick is large, larger than any USB key I've seen recently.
* Indicator light is not well located, near the computer usb port. I would prefer it being on the end farthest from the computer usb port.
* Installed software just adds bloat.

Other Thoughts: * D-Link software is installed to monitor and connect to network. While this is "bloat" it probably contributed to the incredible speeds achieved. Impressive and makes up for the cons.
* Tests completed on Windows 8 machine
* Test machine located on first floor of wood structure home. Network router located on second floor approximately 30 feet away.
* My router is dual-band: b/g but this card only recognized and connected to "b" (2.4GHz). Not sure if it was because of my router or the driver because other wireless cards can connect to the 5G network.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood Item if Used Properly

Pros: Dual Band
Provides near Gbps speeds when paired with D-Link DIR-860L
Cap fits securely when storing
Has WPS setup button
Vented for heat release

Cons: Size
Can Block Adjacent USB Ports
Cap does not store on adaptor (I know it would make it larger still)
Software Install Slow and Buggy

Other Thoughts: This is not a bad item it just needs some rethinking. If you are going to use this on your home laptop be careful. It's 3 1/8 inch length is long enough that if you are sitting in your easy chair it wouldn't take much thoughtlessness on your part to snap it right off or bend severely. On my desktop when installed in the rear USB port I cannot access the port directly above or below. The dongle is a full 1 1/8 inch. I like how the cap of this device snaps to it securely but I don't like that it won't snap on the end for temporary storage. In an office or for strictly desk usage it would be fine to add this extra (wait, since it doesn't attach I left it in the other room...BRB) 3/4 inch to the length so as not to lose the protection. So much for ergonomics.

The software install (which may or may not be required...the driver is) was slow and when finished ? left a window open on the desktop on 3 computers. The software allows the user to connect to the router via PBC (pushbutton config) or to type in the PIN manually. You can view your wireless networks and connect. I believe all this can be done in Windows as well. Call it value added software.

The connection::

I paired this with the D-Link Wireless AC Smartbeam 1200 Mbps Home Cloud App-Enabled Dual-Band Gigabit Router (DIR-860L). Connection was easy, secure, constant and near Gbps speed. I have no complaints about dropped connections.
D-Link has your best interest in mind. There is an extensive list of conditions to follow to ensure you get the most from is product. D-Link dedicates 4 pages in the manual to make sure your connection is optimal. Follow them if you can, but what are you going to move your phones and fridge? Maybe.

When I used the dongle with NON D-Link routers I had no problems connecting or staying connected. In my life I confirm hardware backward compatibility. This dongle has hard times with XP though. Not once could I get it connected in XP to my old Compaq laptop and connection to my desktop XP was spotty. I had no issues in Win 7 or 8 .

In conclusion: This dongle is version 1. It will get better. If you want to go AC pair it with a D-Link AC product and you will have no complaints about performance which is the #1 factor. I am taking an egg of cause it's size IS TOO BIG and the software is "value added" at best.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood for Wireless AC

Pros: Has the new AC wireless protocol!

Has dual bands built in (2.4Ghz & 5Ghz).

It was easy to install on my PC and Laptop. Both were Windows 7. The dongle comes with a CD install disk with drivers and other software for WiFi detection.

During testing on my PC, the router (D-Link AC1200) was about 7-10 feet away but had 2 walls in between including a door. I was able to still get full bars of WiFi with the new AC protocol with the door open or closed. Great signal strength!

On my laptop, I took it from room to room. The furthest room was my first living room, being almost 15-20 feet away. Although there were no walls in between, I was still able to get full bars constantly. I did take the laptop outside to places where I knew I was not able to get WiFi (using my previous Linksys router), but to my amazement I was able to get at least 2-3 bars of WiFi using the AC protocol all around my house where the "N" protocol fell short.

Cons: With the technology now-a-days, the dongle is a little bit on the bulky side...but still manageable. It was the largest USB dongle I had connected to my laptop (wireless mouse and bluetooth dongle).

It's not plug and need to have the provided CD to install drivers.

After an hour of usage, I did feel it getting a little hotter...but not really a con especially with the speed it delivers.

At this point, tt's still pretty expensive compared to other G and N protocol adapters...but I'm sure like all technologies the price will come down. The AC protocol is still pretty new. I remember purchasing the G wireless cards for similar prices when they were brand new.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend pairing this adapter with the D-Link AC1200 router because both support the newer AC protocol. It wouldn't make any sense to get this adapter without another AC capable router.

In my tests, it was reliable and gave me a constant connection to the router. I'd recommend this product only if you have the cash to shell out and if you really need the new AC protocol AND you have ridiculously fast speeds from your cable provider.

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4 out of 5 eggsBulky, but with great signal and fast speeds.

Pros: This dual band 5Ghz AC wireless adapter has a nice design to complement its features.

It was also easy to install on my Windows 7 system. Simply install the drivers from the install disc, and plug in the adapter and connect to your wireless network. You are effectively up and running at full speed in under 5 minutes of opening the box.

This adapter has given me a constantly "good" signal (for a wireless 5Ghz AC connection), and the speeds have stayed true to what is advertised.

Cons: The only real negative about this is the size of the adapter. It is one of the longest and thickest adapters I've personally used. I wouldn't normally take an egg away for this as it does give better range and speed compared to other smaller wireless AC adapters I've tested and used. HOWEVER it is so big that it blocks access to other USB ports next to it, which depending on your own personal system and setup might mean the difference between having internet access, or using a mouse and keyboard.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this adapter for those looking to upgrade to a good wireless AC adapter. However be conscious of the size of the adapter and what you need from your system.

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