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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
  • $59.99
  • $19.99
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Pros:

From what I can tell, this adapter is USB 3.0. The physical connector has the extra pins for 3.0 and my computer tells me to move it to a 3.0 port when I plug it in a 2.0 port. However, stability of this adapter was better in a 2.0 port than it was in a 3.0 port (which isn't saying much).

The adapter does have a WPS button on it that makes it a little easier to connect with. The utility also has the ability of enabling WPS if the button is in an inconvenient place.

There is also a status LED on the adapter, it was hard to spot till it turned on and started showing activity.

Cons:

Very unreliable to get going, but does ok once it does (hence the 2 eggs). It appears that this is more related to a driver issue than a hardware issue. The software utility will crash, the WiFi adapter will disappear from the device manager, and once the software crashes completely and closes, the adapter will show up again and then launch the utility which would then crash and remove the adapter from the device manager. Eventually after this loop runs a few times, it will start to work for a bit.

the utility is a bit confusing and doesn't provide much statistics.

The adapter itself is metal and wide enough to block USB ports above and below it. If you try a bit, you might be able to connect a USB cord to the side of it.

I also had some issues with other USB devices after trying to get this to run. It might not be related, but the behaviors were oddly similar.

Other Thoughts:

Overall, this has the potential of becoming better with a software/drive/firmware update. These issues could also be due to the 802.11ac standard still being in draft. Maybe once the standard is finalized, this adapter will become more reliable.

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