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Item#: N82E16833166038

Pros:

1) Has two dipole antennas.
2) Fairly affordable b/g/n card (single-band)

Cons:

Will not work in Vista x64 with included 1.3.1 or latest 1.4.1 drivers. The card will instantly power off itself after installing or removing the drivers. I narrowed it down to the drivers being at fault after power cycling the system to notice the status and activity LEDs would power off the minute Windows loads the drivers for the card.

Unfortunately, there are no Microsoft generic drivers for this particular Ralink chipset. Since the proper drivers will not work and no other working driver exists, the card is essentially useless.

I have tried both the embedded Windows connection utility in Vista and the included Rosewill Connect Utility. Even though the WiFi card's set to CAM (Constantly Awake/Aware Mode) and not to PSM (Power Saving Mode) and I have disallowed Windows to turn off the device when not in use, the device refuses to turn back on as long as the drivers are installed. Card will only power back on after a uninstall if you power cycle your computer.

Other Thoughts:

If you're like me and am looking to upgrade a N card and eventually upgrade your router to a N router, don't consider buying this card with the poor drivers currently that shut down the card the minute they are installed.

This is the only wifi adapter that refuses to work due to poor drivers that I've dealt with in the last 4 years.

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  • Andrew K.
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