Wi-Fi Protected Setup, push-button design for easy connection Compatible with existing wireless 802.11b/g networks Better wireless reception around the home Product Description The DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter connects your desktop or notebook computer to a wireless network enabling you to access high-speed Internet, transfer files, and stream media from anywhere in your home. Superior Wireless Coverage D-Link DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter provides superior wireless signal for your computer compared to the existing wireless 802.11g technology. This Wireless N adapter is ideal for day-to-day activities such as transferring files, browsing the Internet, and downloading music. D-Link Wireless N products use smart Antenna technology to transmit multiple streams of data allowing you to receive wireless signals from the farthest corners of your home. Furthermore, D-Link Wireless N technology extends your wireless range, while maintaining compatibility with all your existing 802.11b/g wireless routers and access points. Easy To Set Up The Quick Setup Wizard provides an easy way to setup your USB adapter and the Wireless Manager included with this product helps keep track of all your most frequently accessed networks. Compact And Convenient The DWA-131 easily connects your desktop or notebook PC to a wireless network for Internet access and file sharing. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature enables devices to establish an easy, one-time, single-click connection with an access point or wireless router, eliminating complex encryption codes. WPS also offers advanced security features that are simple and easy to configure. With its unique ‘Firefly’ design and unmatched performance, this ultra-portable USB adapter is an ideal choice for setting up a secure wireless connection. Why Wireless N Is Better This Wireless N Nano USB Adapter uses draft 802.11n technology to maximize the speed and range of your wireless signal to significantly outperform 802.11g devices*. The DWA-131 makes use of your home environment by bouncing multiple wireless signals off the walls and ceilings to work around obstructions and help eliminate dead spots. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS STANDARDS IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0) IEEE 802.11b IEEE 802.11g INTERFACE USB 2.0 FREQUENCY RANGE 2.4GHz to 2.4835GHz ANTENNA PIFA antenna SECURITY WEP WiFi Protection Access (WPA & WPA2) WiFi Protection Setup PBC/PIN LED Link/Activity CERTIFICATIONS FCC Class B IC Wi-Fi CE C-Tick Windows Vista certifed OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0° to 40°C (32° to 104°F) OPERATING HUMIDITY 10 ~ 90% (Non-condensing) DIMENSIONS 18(W) x 34.4(D) x 7.7(H) mm (0.7 x 1.4 x 0.3 inches) WEIGHT 3.1g (0.007lbs) OS SUPPORT Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32/64 bit)
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I bought this because it was cheap and small. I didn't want to have to open the case to had wireless. So far so good, it worked right out of the box with Ubuntu 10.10 which was great. It works well in the house but the computer and router are close by. I still have to test it on different floor but right now I can see the neighbors WiFi so it should work fine.
The signal I got from this was full strength. I was using a pci card before but after changing the motherboard, I'm stuck with only 1 pci which is blocked by the GPU. The size of this is useful for sticking it at the back of the computer and forget about it. It doesn't stick out as much as some of the larger adapters. The only cons is that it usually gets very hot when I do a lot of browsing or online gaming... The ping I got using this ranges from 30-60 so it's not so bad.
I was hesitating between buying the D-LINK DWA-556 or this, but at the end I picked this and it's a disappointment. I've been using for years the DIR-655 router and it worked fine for laptops. Recently I switched the computer located on a different floor than the router which was using a "one antenna" G wireless card that worked fine. The new computer is using this Nano USB Adapter and the signal was at 9% which is totally unusable (as I mentioned, the same location worked for the old one antenna wireless card). So I decided to use an ugly extension cable to extend the Nano USB Adapter all the way to the stairs (which is approximately 12 feet from the router). It now works at 74% signal strength, but then it would decide to drop the connection once or twice every hour. It might be a driver issue but I'm already having enough headaches that I'm going to take my chance on the DWA-556 instead.
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