- Up to 867 Mbps Wireless AC or 300 Mbps Wireless N
- Connects to standard Wireless N networks
- USB 3.0: SuperSpeed 5 Gbps USB 3.0 connection to computer
- Expanded coverage with MIMO technology
Economically priced and easy setup with fair to good performance 12/15/2013
This review is from: TRENDnet TEW-805UB AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter
-2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n and 5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac with up to 867 Mbps Wireless AC or up to or 300 Mbps advertised wireless speeds.
-Backwards compatible with IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11a networks.
-Multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) technology which should allow for expanded coverage.
-Windows XP (32/64-bit) through Windows 8 (32/64-bit) compatibility.
-USB 3.0 connection which should equate to greater I/O bandwidth and higher speeds.
-Protected Setup (WPS) button and nonobtrusive status light.
-3-year limited warranty.
-Very reasonably priced.
-Very easy and quick installation using the TRENDnet utility (see utility cons below).
During my testing, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signal strength was consistently at 80% or above when the adapter was placed at less than approximately 45 feet from my Netgear AC1200 capable Gigabit wireless router. However, signal strength degraded quickly at distances greater than 45 to 55 feet, and was less than 30% by approximately 65-70 feet. TEW-805UB in door coverage is advertised at up to 100 meters (330 feet). USB 3.0, 5 GHz connection speeds were 150-175 Mbps and 2.4 GHz connection speeds were 80-110 Mbps when tested at approximately 40-45 feet from my router.
The adapter never lost connectivity during testing when the adapter was placed at less than approximately 45 feet from my wireless router.
The adapter is a bit bulky and could easily block access to adjoining ports. This problem could be easily addressed with a USB 3.0 extension cable, but an extension cable was not included with my TEW-805UB package.
It appears that the TRENDnet utility is necessary for the adapter to work; I could not get the adapter to work properly by only installing the drivers. Acknowledging that the utility works well, such utilities can cause problems and/or conflicts. Additionally, it was not possible to connect with the utility without creating a profile.
I was not able to obtain advertised maximal wireless speeds or advertised maximal coverage range.
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All said and done, I have mixed opinions about the TEW-805UB. That is, the TEW-805UB is a slightly bulky AC1200 dual band wireless USB 3.0 adapter that is very reasonably priced at less than 40 dollars, very easy to setup and configure using the included setup utility and drivers, and includes a generous 3-year limited warranty. In comparison, this adapter performs better than my N600 wireless dual band USB 2.0 adapters and was on par with a few AC1200 adapters that I have tested.
In contrast, the package should ship with a USB 3.0 extension cable, installation without the utility should be possible, and I was not able to obtain anywhere close to the advertised maximal wireless speeds or advertised maximal coverage range.
In fairness, maximal capabilities are seldom obtainable, individual findings may vary greatly based on factors such as hardware and environment, and I was not able to test the TEW-805UB on a paired AC1200 TRENDnet wireless router. Equally, while my Netgear paired AC1200 adapter has greater speed and distance performance, the cost was double that of the TEW-805UB and it only included a 1-year limited warranty. I was torn between a rating of 3 and 4 and given that 3.5 was not an option, I chose a rating of 4 based on product features, ease of setup, warranty and cost.
So when would I recommend this adapter – For users with an AC1200 Gigabit wireless router that are in need of economic performance gains above that which a typical N600 wireless dual band adapter can offer, and for an environment where the adapter will be no more than 50 feet from the wireless router.
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