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Pros: Device was plug and play however Windows grabbed the wrong driver.
Please see benchmarks of wireless performance versus another Linksys USB Adapter:
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet) Linksys WUSB6300
• Signal Strength: -50 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.13 MB/s, Write = 5.99 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 88.73 Mbps, Write = 11.96 Mbps
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (5 Feet) Linksys WUSB6100M
• Signal Strength: -36 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 3.80 MB/s, Write = 3.72 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 15 ms, Read = 30.22 Mbps, Write = 12.00 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet) Linksys WUSB6300
• Signal Strength: -47 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 25.68 MB/s, Write = 14.57 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 118.18 Mbps, Write = 11.90 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (5 Feet) Linksys WUSB6100M
• Signal Strength: -50 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 31.81 MB/s, Write = 13.76 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 118.04 Mbps, Write = 11.76 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (30 Feet) Linksys WUSB6300
• Signal Strength: -71 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 6.56 MB/s, Write = 2.40 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 18 ms, Read = 33.97 Mbps, Write = 5.68 Mbps
Wireless-AC (5 GHz) (30 Feet) Linksys WUSB6100M
• Signal Strength: -71 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 13.08 MB/s, Write = 4.40 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 14 ms, Read = 71.1 Mbps, Write = 11.95 Mbps
Cons: Not MU-MIMO capable
Due to its size a right, including a right angle USB adapter would be nice
Wireless performance on the 2.4 GHz band at greater distances is just terrible. It’s to the point that it defeats the purpose of getting this to upgrade your laptop if its only good at the 5 GHz band.
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (30 Feet) Linksys WUSB6300
• Signal Strength: -70 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 0.64 MB/s, Write = 2.39 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 18 ms, Read = 6.22 Mbps, Write = 11.13 Mbps
Wireless-N (2.4 GHz) (30 Feet) Linksys WUSB6100M
• Signal Strength: -63 dBm
• Server (100MB File Transfer): Read = 0.19 MB/s, Write = 0.18 MB/s
• Internet Speed Test: Ping = 16 ms, Read = 5.86 Mbps, Write = 3.90 Mbps
Overall Review: Overall this adapter offers basically no performance improvement over a smaller adapter that costs the same amount of money. Despite being a larger adapter, the antennas must be small as even with a higher potential throughput, in real world tests none of this seems to matter. Considering its smaller and the same price, I would recommend the Linksys WUSB6100M over this one.
Linksys Driver: 1030.0.0515.2015
Router: TP Link Archer C2600
*All tests were conducted three times to ensure accuracy and repeatability of results.
Pros: Works with both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz wireless networks and is compatible with all modern WiFi standards beginning from 802.11a through 802.11ac. Can be used with both USB 2.0 (older notebooks) and USB 3.0 interfaces. Equipped with 2 multicolor LEDs that are quite informative if owner understands their meaning. Both antennas (for 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands) are internal and are efficient – throughout my 1000 square feet apartment I had flawless coverage and strong signal. This adapter does run hot as noted by other reviewers, but within limits specified in owner’s manual.
Cons: In my situation WUSB6300 Linksys adapter was tested with Toshiba notebook equipped with USB 2.0 port and custom built desktop equipped with USB 3.0 port running Windows 7 x64. Both devices did not recognize this wireless adapter and I had to visit Linksys website to download latest drivers using my wired network. Device does not support OS X and was not recognized when plugged in Macbook Pro running OS X 10.11.6.
Overall Review: Linksys WUSB6300 have 2 internal sockets that could be used to connect external antennas, however they are not utilized.
Pros: • Breathes new life into devices with older network standard
• Reasonably priced
• Performs as advertised
• Easy setup via WPS
• Easy setup with manual SSID
• Compatible with Win10 Pro
Cons: • Large size increases risk of accidental damage
• Runs a little warm while streaming (but no impact to performance)
Overall Review: I installed the WUSB6300 in my Dell XT3 laptop and saw increased Wi-Fi speeds over the existing Dell wireless NIC. Connecting manually to either of our SSID’s (2.4 and 5 GHZ bands) was just as easy as WPS, with the device up and running within a couple minutes. Speeds on the 2.4 GHZ band were nothing special, but every bit as stable and fast as the onboard NIC – but the 6300 really shines on the 5 GHZ band, pulling 700+Mbps real life speeds. I used a few of the usual online speed tests, as well as streaming with Netflix. Over the three week testing period, there were zero drops, and not so much as a single buffering timeout on either band. True to form with all of the Linksys equipment I’ve reviewed, the higher-end gear is always rock solid for reliability and performance – and the 6300 fell right into that great category for me.
One con for me, and it was a big one, was the size of the 6300. It’s really long (nearly 3” in length) and is best suited for use on a laptop that is designated as a desktop replacement. You would need to be really careful picking up a laptop with the 6300 installed on either sides USB port (definitely use two hands for an even lift), as grabbing the laptop quickly from the side opposite the installed 6300 would easily have it making contact with the table surface. An aggressive grab could bend the USB connector, and bad luck could have you breaking the 6300 + the installed USB port. I tried installing it via the rear USB port on a Dell E6430s with a standard 6-cell battery, and the width of the 6300 put it too close to the battery to allow it to be inserted in the port. I tried it with a 3-cell battery (flush mount), and it installed just fine, however, I would not advise that installation port, as grabbing the laptop from the front, and tipping it back just a few degrees will guarantee contact between your table and the 6300. With a rear USB install it’s also “out of sight/out of mind”, and I think that would lead to a higher likelihood of grabbing the laptop quickly from a table, and potentially snapping the 6300 off at the USB port. Bottom line – the 6300 is for someone who either doesn’t move their laptop much, or is extremely mindful of their actions/surroundings. Adding a hinge for a more vertical install would definitely make it a better overall “any location” performer, in my opinion.
Overall, the WUSB6300 performs as advertised, and at a reasonable rate. The size issue is a negative for me, as I use my XT3 on the sofa, sitting next to my wife. Too easy to snap it off, so worth a one egg deduction for me.
Pros: Installation was easy; No drivers needed for a computer running Windows 10. I did have to install a Windows 7 driver for my old ThinkPad. Didn't take much time. I was able to find the 3 different wireless networks that I have and connected to each of them without trouble. I have one in my house and then two separate networks in different out buildings. The range seemed pretty good. Depending on how close I was to my access points, speed was good. I'd say right as advertised from the MFG. Moving away from my APs I was able to stay connected just fine, but with slower speed. Which is pretty typical depending on your environment. I did notice that this stick worked VERY well in my barn, which is all metal. I have an AP inside and it worked perfect everywhere. The internal wireless on my laptop is junk compared to this. The speed is so much better, I don't see drops anymore and there isn't any issues with buffering while watching video off NetFlix
Cons: This little device gets hot while using it hard, video streaming. Also, the size is sort of on the large side. If you are installing it in the back of a computer it isn't a big deal, but if you use it with a laptop it just might be one more item that could end up being broken when you forget to unplug it, or pack it away in a hurry.
Overall Review: Pretty rock solid device for the most part. I've installed it into my kids computer and he uses it quite a lot for YouTube and online games and never had an issue with it. Pretty good value and it is nice to have the AC speed if your AP supports it. Only time will tell how long this thing lasts. I'll be pretty happy if I don't need to replace it for a few years. The heat has me worried a little bit, but it is not getting flaming hot to the touch and I know that this thing has to process data, so it will get a little warm. I've usually had good luck with Linksys products and they also have great tech support should you have to use it. . I did notice that when I did see speed or distance issues, depending on the band, I would change the channel on my AP to keep things happy. If people have more than one AP around, make sure you are selecting the proper channels. I forget what I ended up using to make it happy with 2.4Ghz, but I do remember messing with it a little bit.
Pros: *Very easy setup on Windows: On my laptop running windows 10, I plugged the adapter into a USB3 port and got the new hardware found notification. As soon as I got the ready message I clicked on the WIFI icon and chose WIFI2 from the drop down menu. All of the possible WIFI router connections were visible including the extenders. I clicked on the 5 ghz connection and was prompted for my routers wireless password. Connected without a hitch. I also tested this on a Win 7 desktop. Using the included CD. Following the simple instructions had me up and running in a couple of minutes. The Wi-Fi Protected Setup button also worked well.
*Speed: near the WIFI router, the 5ghz speed was 867 mbps and 2.4 ghz was 300 mbps as advertised. Real world speeds from other rooms or outside were slower of course, but impressive, I am getting 4-5x the connection speed of my stock laptop WIFI. Transfer rates were much faster with this adapter. Streaming video is great now that I don't have to wait on buffering.
*Documentation: The documentation on the Linksys product page is great, with links to solve any issue you may have.
Cons: *Documentation; While the Information on the product page is really good, the User Guide included on the CD is more trouble than it is worth, There are Multiple languages on the User guide, If English is there, I didn't find it. I didn't see an index of language locations.
* Not for Linux: Did not work with Linux Mint.
* A minor issue is that this adapter is quite large. If used on a laptop, It will have to be disconnected before putting the laptop in a case. It also will make it difficult, if not impossible to plug anything into an adjacent USB port.
Overall Review: * The adapter dropped the connection a couple of times when I first installed it. Installing the Linksys drivers for Windows 10 solved the problem. It has been rock steady after that.
* Due to the size of this adapter, a place to attach a lanyard or put it on a key ring may be beneficial since it must be removed from a laptop before putting the laptop in a case.
* This is a nice product. I highly recommend it to anyone running windows that could use a WIFI upgrade!
Pros: I installed this on a Windows 10 system and install of this USB card was extremely simple with Windows immediately finding the card.
It uses USB3.0 which given it's a 2x2 isn't necessary but that's nice to have I guess.
I first went into the Advanced Configuration of this device and see that while it supports BEAM forming it is set to Disable at the start. I would recommend users enable this if you have a router which supports Beamforming.
I also set the Preferred Band to 5Ghz first where the default is No Preference to ensure I have it quickly attach to a faster network frequency.
I started running some tests by plugging this into a laptop so I could check the performance to my router. The router I use is a Linksys EA9200 Triband and in my space can easily blanket with signal. The adatper showed just that with retaining a signal strength of -31 to -44 even while roaming which is spectacular over channel 153.
Cons: Over the 4 days running this card I haven't yet found an issue other than it's a bit large when using with a laptop to poke out. This isn't your tiny nub style NIC but it is a 2x2 AC that has been rock solid.
I do see the 2.4 Ghz signal is usually -46 to -55 which is definitely worse given the proximity. If you're looking to use this and only have 2.4 it may not be the best card for you as I've seen faster with others.
Overall Review: There is a provided CD for those that may not have internet connectivity on the system for which you're using this.
Pros: + Easy Install - It comes with an installation disk but I didn't use it. I just plugged it in and Windows 10 Pro automatically installed the drivers and it simply worked right off the bat.
+ Solid connection - Better than the built-in adapter on my Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLI but not quite as good as the ASUS PCE-AC68 PCIE adapter.
+ Reliable - I've been using the adapter for weeks surrounded by other wireless equipment without any connection issues. It does exactly what it's supposed to do and it does it consistently.
+ Support - It seems unlikely that you'll experience issues with this device. However, if that were to happen Linksys online support documentation seems to be in-depth and useful.
Cons: - A bit large - Not bad for a PC but might be a little obtrusive for notebooks/laptops. However, larger adapters tend to get better reception which can afford higher connection speeds.
- Not as fast as some - This adapter will hold up fine when compared with other USB devices, but high end dedicated PCIE wireless cards will overtake it without much issue.
Overall Review: My primary router is a TP-Link OnHub AC1900 but I also tested this with a Linksys EA6350 AC1200. In both cases the adapter communicated effectively with the routers.
The main PC that I tested this with sits ~20 feet away from the router on the same floor and transmits through 2 walls. Windows reports a very consistent 520Mbps, although occasionally going as high as 585. I also tested this with a laptop and connectivity remained reliable throughout the entire 1600 sq ft of our home in addition to an attached garage, the front porch, and the deck out back. Taking the laptop around the perimeter of the 3/4 acre property resulted in loss of signal in some places but it was reliable for the vast majority of the yard. (The TP-Link router did better in this case so mileage may vary depending on your router)
Overall I'm pleased with this adapter. Personally I prefer dedicated PCIE cards for PC's and built-in adapters for laptops but this is a pretty good middle ground between performance and portability.
Pros: this adaptor has really good speeds and decent range. usb adaptors have come a long way in terms if capabilities.
up to 300 mbps on the 2.4 N network and about 850 (867) on the 5.0 AC network
range is decent It could almost anywhere in my house and I live in a mobile home
also its usb 3.0
the setup was easy but I did have to install the disc to get mine to work and since I don't have an optical drive in my pc I had to hook one up to in to install the cd
works great for my media pc in the living room and boosts my laptop a lot I would definetly recommend for a laptop
Cons: honestly there are not to many cons but there are a few
the range as long as I would have hoped and I had to use the disc it did not recognize it in my machine till I put the disc in