Joined on 07/07/04
Win10: Use MediaTek driver for 5GHz band
Pros: Has been a decent dual band USB wifi adapter for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Actually works in new Windows 10 (7/30/15). But you need to d/l the MediaTek driver. See notes, below. My adapter is labeled fcc id w6rrnx-n600ube. Somehow, I determined that the internals are RT5572. But I can't remember how I arrived at that. I bought my adapter in 2012 or 2013, I believe. Dual band was automatic and flawless in Windows 7. Also worked well in Vista.
Cons: Loses the 5GHz band in Windows 8 and Windows 10. Needs a driver downloaded from MediaTek. The ones on Rosewill site won't work for Windows 10, or at least didn't for me. I still had only 2.4GHz using the download from the Rosewill site.
Overall Review: Windows 10 -- Go to MediaTek http://www.mediatek.com/en/downloads1/downloads/ and download the file labeled "USB (RT2870/ RT2770/ RT307X/ RT2070 RT357X/ RT3370/ RT8070/ RT5X7X/ MT7610/ MT7601/MT7612U)". The actual file is named IS_Setup_ICS_050615_126.96.36.199.exe. Install it. Then go into settings, Network & Internet. Disable your original or built-in wifi adapter if applicable. This Rosewill is labeled Wi-Fi 2. It shows both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz band option there. Make sure Wi-Fi 2 is "On" and then connect to whichever band you want. Apparently Win10 has the same prob a lot of people had with dual band adapters in Win8: The default Windows drivers are old/obsolete/incorrect only see the 2.4GHz band, not both. You can plug this in to Win10 and it will work, but it will only have 2.4GHz band. Before I got the MediaTek driver, I tried the only semi-appropriate driver from the Rosewill site . It didn't offer me the 5GHz band. ymmv.
back to post update to 1st review
Pros: Bought a refurb router that's V1, and it's still going strong 6-7 months later. I use the 5 Ghz band and it's nice to have, since more neighbors are adding wifi at home and everyone's routers are constantly interfering with each other on 2.4 Ghz band.
Cons: People with the V1 of this router have had problems with the latest .50 firmware causing malfunctions. FYI, it's confirmed for V1 that you can turn the blue light off with earlier firmwares, but not with 188.8.131.52. (Who's to say .50 is not buggy in some other ways, LOL!)
Overall Review: The V1 router says WNDR3400 on the tag. Later versions say V2, V3, etc. Firmware choices for WNDR3400 V1 are 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11 (both of which are stable and also allow turning off the light) and 18.104.22.168 which people report problems with. 22.214.171.124 went flaky on my router. Using ethernet to router, I downloaded .34 and then uploaded it to the router using the router GUI and instructions found in owner's manual and Netgear forum. Press the reset button, do a power cycle after firmware upgrade, then change your settings. I ran it a week no older firmware w/o problems. I then re-flashed the 126.96.36.199 firmware and have had a 100% stable router with good signal strength on the latest firmware since. Probs reported incl no Internet but the router light is green, dropped connections all the time, very weak signal on one band or the other. Try downgrade then re-upgrade firmware and do a hard reset and power cycle afterward. ALWAYS upgrade router firmware via ethernet cable, not wifi connection. As before, you use www.routerlogin.net or .com to log into router. Don't need any CD or sofware unless you want to change firmware or use Netgear Genie.
Pros: Dual band for low price. USB makes it portable for use on various computers -- much easier and less expensive than installing dual band wifi cards in all of them. Works well on 5GHz band. Having a "remote" adapter with a long cord is good for signal strength, but a little awkward if you are using your laptop on your lap. But I suppose I'll get used to it. Either that, or I'll have to pin it to my blouse or alligator-clip it to my hair. hehe
Cons: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit didn't have a driver for this. The CD with the drivers on it is a mini CD, and I have a laptop with a slot-load DVD drive. So, I had to copy the installation disk to a full-size CD before I could install the driver on that laptop.
Overall Review: I have a Netgear N600 WNDR3400-100NAS router. This Rosewill adapter was balky about connecting to the router at first, but seems very stable and stays connected on the 5GHz band now. I think there's some problem with interference from the neighbor's wifi on the 2.4GHz band because I am having problems with all of my wireless devices on that band, including this Rosewill adapter. Anyway, 5GHz is wonderfully stable and 2.4GHz is, so far, very erratic. But it's probably not this adapter that is the problem.
So far, so good. LoL
Pros: 1. Low-price refurb model = Many features for only a $35 - $40 wireless router! 2. 4 Ethernet ports & 1 USB. The USB allows for network storage (read yer manuals fmi.) I can network a few printers and one PC via the Ethernet ports. 3. Dual band, and I get higher throughput using the 5GHz. Less traffic & interference on 5GHz band in urban or densely-populated areas. 4. Somebody said in his review you can link multiples of these routers together using Ethernet cable and physically extend a network - I don't know; read the manual, haha. The price is right, for sure. 5. Has feet to stand it upright, and thus it takes up less desk space + has both sides exposed for better cooling. 6. My networking experience goes back as far as early July of 2012. ;-) If I can hook this up and make it run, then it should not be too difficult for others with little to no experience. 7. You don't actually need any CD to set it up. Netgear help forums & user manuals are av
Cons: 1. You must use a PC WIRED TO AN ETHERNET PORT to set up this router initially, because the default security settings DO NOT allow it to be configured remotely! IF you want to configure it wirelessly, you must ENABLE that! 2. Big blue flashing light looks odd, lights up a bedroom at night, and it won't turn off on this refurb model that I bought. (I wonder if that's only a feature of the first ones or the last ones, not all of them.) 3. The more router you have, the more you'll want. Performance gains are addicting.
Overall Review: I use the free program inSSIDER to see what other wireless devices / networks are using what channels. I put my 2.4GHz on channel 11 and the 5GHz on 149 to avoid interference. Maybe some of the dropped-signal complaints in other reviews here are because those people never bothered to look to see how many other devices/nets might have been clustered on the vary same channel? And/or set their router to a specific channel instead of let it choose? This router seems to work and play well with various Netgear and Linksys and D-Link wireless adapters, ranging from old b/g PCI cards to USB dual-band N600, to pci-e dual band, as well as Realtek and Atheros b/g wifi cars in my Toshiba laptops. I'm currently using a D-Link DWA-566 pci-e card in my desktop machine and I'm getting great throughput and no dropped connections, and the DWA-566 is supposed to be a somewhat unstable card. You don't always have to buy brand-new computer and IT equipment. The refurbs are good values.
Zotac AGP ZT-62AAHN2N-HSL
Pros: Price and performance. On the highest speed Time Warner Road Runner broadband, the video is lightning fast. Blink while scrolling, and you'll definitely miss something, hehe! A good inexpensive upgrade for INTEL PERL or ABIT IC-7G MAX II or similar 2004-2005 era socket 478 boards w/ AGP. This video, combined w/ 4GB RAM & fast new 7200 RPM WD drive, really breathed new life into my ol' clunker PCs, lol.
Cons: A fresh install of Win XP Media Edition 2002 SP 2 couldn't correctly ID this card, and refused to install the drivers and software for it. The card performed fine with the Windows drivers, apparently, at least for Internet browsing and business computing. After updating to Win XP SP 3 with all critical updates, all the card's drivers and software were installed without any problems. The card is now ID'd correctly and has all of its features. Must have been some issue with the ancient OS.