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EDIMAX EW-7612Pln N300 Wireless PCI-E Adapter
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Works Great 05/16/2014

This review is from: EDIMAX EW-7612Pln N300 Wireless PCI-E Adapter

Pros: I have a desktop with 3 HDDs, Win7 on one, Win XP on a second, and Ubuntu on the last. I had purchased a refurbished Netgear wifi adapter (locally) and it worked fine with Windows, but didn't work with Linux. After reading through numerous threads on the Ubuntu Forum, I decided that it would be best to change. I read some reviews for this Edimax adapter, and it was touted as being good for both Windows and Linux.

I've had it for a while now, and it works great in both versions of Windows, as well as Ubuntu. I have a small network monitor app loaded on my desktop, and it constantly shows a 100% wifi signal from my router, and I've never had one single instance of a dropped signal. As far as I'm concerned, it works flawlessly for what I purchased it for!

Cons: Haven't found anything at all that I don't like with this adapter.

NETGEAR WNCE2001-100NAR Universal Wireless Internet Adapter For Smart TV & Blu-ray IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2 Manufacturer Recertified
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I purchased this as "Refurbished," a few months ago. (I did a favorable review, back on 9/8/2013.) I was happy with the product, and when using the AC adapter, it provided a fine wifi connection for my purposes (although I'm not a 'gamer'), at a 'remote' desktop.

Cons: Last week, it suddenly stopped working, wouldn't establish a connection at all. I tried changing Ethernet cables and repeatedly attempted to get a connection, to no avail. I next plugged it into my laptop and disabled the internal wifi, but it acted the same. Lastly, I went to my newest desktop (located adjacent to the router), unplugged the direct connect Ethernet, and tried to use the wifi adapter---but with the same result.
I've purchased 'Refurbished' items before, both at Newegg and other places, and I'm generally satisfied with their performance and longevity. But I think that an item should last more than four months, so I'm not too pleased with this item.

NETGEAR WNCE2001-100NAR Universal Wireless Internet Adapter For Smart TV & Blu-ray IEEE 802.11b/g/n Ethernet Port Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WPA2 Manufacturer Recertified
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I upgraded my older desktop computer and I had been using a different wireless adapter that only had an option to plug into a USB port. I saw this refurbished Netgear adapter that plugs into an Ethernet port and decided to try it.

I have a computer that triple-boots (depending upon my choice during POST) with Win7, XP, and Ubuntu. I had no problem installing this WNCE2001, and it synced up with my Netgear router using WPS. This unit has a power option of either a USB port or AC. I initially used the USB power source. Worked great...usually.

After working through the issue described below in CONS, It seems to be fine now.

Cons: Regardless of which operating system I was in, the "WLAN" LED would periodically change from green (good wifi signal) to amber (fair signal) to red (poor signal, or basically no signal). I would then need to re-sync to establish a signal.

I'm not far from the router, and I also have a wifi range-extender located nearby. I can use my Acer laptop anywhere in the house with no problem, and my wife wanders around with her Blackberry Playbook tablet, with a good signal.

I re-read the Installation Instructions (online), and saw that there may be an issue with using USB power in some cases, and so I switched to AC power, and it's been fine since.


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Display Name: Dave S.

Date Joined: 04/24/04

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  • Last Review: 05/16/14
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