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Item#: N82E16833127520
D-Link DWA-180 Wireless AC1000 Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) or 650Mbps (5GHz) Wireless Data Rates
  • IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) or 650Mbps (5GHz) Wireless Data Rates
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • $79.99
  • $37.99
  • Save: $42.00 (53%)
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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 Newegg.com for providing this device for review.

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