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Linksys WUSB6300 AC1200 Dual Band Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter
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- USB plug
- Power/status LED
- WPS/security LED
- Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button
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The Linksys AC Wi-Fi Dual-Band USB Adapter,WUSB6300 is the client using IEEE 802.11 draft-ac technology. The client operates on either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency conforming to the IEEE 802.11 a/b/g and draft-ac standards. The WUSB6300 adapter adds or upgrades wireless connectivity to your Windows-based computers.
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
• PC with CD or DVD drive, running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, or Windows 8
• Available USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
1x Linksys Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Adapter
From the Manufacturer
Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter (WUSB6300)
At a glance:
- Upgrade your laptop or desktop to Wireless-AC.
- Lightning-fast HD Video and Gaming.
- Up to 867 Mbps speed on Wireless-AC 5 GHz band or Up to 300 Mbps speed on Wireless-N 2.4 GHz band.
- Compatible with all Wireless AC 802.11ac routers, access points and extenders (Linksys, Belkin and others).
- Supports up to 128-bit encryption (WEP, WPA and WPA2).
- Support WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) button for easy connection with wireless router or wireless access point.
- Easy to use CD setup wizard and compatible with Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista SP1/SP2 and XP SP3.
- USB 3.0
Linksys Dual-Band AC1200 Wireless USB 3.0 Adapter (WUSB6300)
Linksys AC1200 Wireless-AC USB Adapter provides an instant upgrade to new, powerful Wireless-AC technology. Easily and economically upgrade a laptop, Ultrabook or desktop computer to next-generation Wireless-AC for rapid downloads, smoother HD media streaming and responsive gaming. The selectable dual-band AC1200 adapter is compatible with today’s electronics, and when synced with a Wireless-AC router, provides up to 867 Mbps data transfer rates on the 4 GHz band or up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. It is also USB 3.0 capable, and will perform faster when plugged into a USB 3.0 port than on USB 2.0. Easy setup will have users immediately experiencing a faster Wi-Fi connection with enhanced range.
Wireless-AC is engineered to move more data faster—up to three times faster than Wireless-N. The result is smooth video streaming, more responsive gaming experiences and all-around improved connectivity. Faster data rates are achieved by using higher modulation (256- QAM for AC vs. 64-QAM for N) which allows much more data to be transmitted within the same time. Wireless-AC also provides twice the channel bandwidth of Wireless-N and means that your data can travel on multiple parallel paths. Your mobile devices also gain extended battery life by achieving optimal transfer speeds. Wireless-AC is backward-compatible with a/b/g/n wireless protocols.
Selectable Dual Band (2.4 or 5 GHz)
Operates on either band to help avoid interference.
USB 3.0 Capable
USB 3.0 transfer rates are 10x faster than USB 2.0.
Advanced Wireless Security
Safeguard your network with wireless WPA/WPA2 encryption and Wi-Fi Protected Setup.
Features setup wizard and Wi-Fi Protected Setup for quick installation.
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The bad news is: the bundled driver on the CD is faulty: it is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH STEAM. Spent a whole day pulling my hair out over this. Finally discovered older drivers on the linksys website, installed these and fixed the Steam issue. Trawling the Steam forums shows that this is a common issue with linksys adapters, so, if you use Steam, think carefully before you buy, and don't install the bundled drivers. If you have bought this, and have the steam issue, the drivers page is: support.linksys.com/en-eu/support/adapters/
You want the download at the bottom, (Linksys Connect Setup Software for PC). Downloads a 3.something driver, drivers on disc are 5.something.
In physical terms this adaptor is quite bulky, not very elegant and does get warm after a few hours use. The size means that if you plug it directly into a USB port it can obscure other ports if they are close. The answer is to use a good quality USB socket with a modest extension cable. Also, compared to other offerings this isn't one of the cheapest AC1200 adaptors either, but it does deliver reasonable performance which is the primary consideration. Recommended.
Installation of the Wireless Adaptor does need the setup files on the CD provided so if you have no DVD drive on your netbook or laptop you will need to download from the Linksys site. The Windows 7 download also applies to Windows 8.1 as confusingly reading the driver information for Windows 8 you may assume it is just plug'n play.
Once installed and the wireless router password is entered I recommend you go to Control Panel- Device Manager-Network adaptor WUSB6300-Power Management- Allow the Computer to turn off this device to save power and uncheck the box. Some users have thought this was a fault with the adaptor.
The dual band 2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz selection may need to be changed on your router. You may find better speed on the 5Ghz but in general a better range using 2.4Ghz. I have found it 100% reliable with no drop outs and the only minor criticism is the width of the device. This may not matter on most PC's or laptops but I was using it on an Intel NUC where the USB3 ports were side by side. This effectively blocked the use of the spare adjacent USB3 socket on the front.
Setting it up with my Windows 7 PC was very straightforward, although I had to use the included setup CD to do so as the Windows online drivers service was unable to find drivers for it; this is probably the first time I've seen that happen. The CD doesn't appear to provide anything in the way of a control panel to configure the dongle, so I'm assuming that its dual-band functionality is automatic. The included paper manual is pretty much useless, consisting of just three instructions, one of which is to put the CD in your computer's CD drive.
Once you've installed the drivers from the CD, which took me all of a minute at most, the setup program lets you select and connect to your chosen WiFi network. Both of my networks - 2.4 and 5GHz - showed up so I assume that the dual-band function is turned on by default. Interestingly, a couple of my neighbours' networks that I had never seen before also showed up, so the dongle appears to have quite a good `sniffing' ability.
In use, the Linksys has been pretty much faultless from the start. I don't have a `Wireless AC' router so I've only been able to test the dongle to `Wireless N' speeds, even so it has provided a consistently solid and unwavering connection.Read more ›
- It works fine in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (I have 64-bit versions of both)
- WirelessAC uses a more point-to-point transfer of data (as opposed to a radius approach of WirelessN), so you get a faster transfer that is more resilient to obstacles (walls etc). We only have partitioned walls so it wasn't noticeable.
- Its compatible with all older wireless routers, so don't be afraid to buy this if you need a new dongle - its going to support you well in the future
On the downside however:
- It won't work on Windows 8/8.1 without the install CD. Simply plugging the device into your PC does nothing. It is amazing that the device driver is not built into the device like most other modern dongles
- The dongle is huge, meaning that if your USB ports are close together, you won't get anything in the adjacent one (take note wireless mouse users!)
- Apparently WirelessAC's broadcast technology (5GHz) means that the range isn't as good as WirelessN. So its not going to work well in large premises. I can't test this unless you buy me a larger house.
Now the for transfer speeds. Using the same 450Mb file for each one:
Wireless N (actually 'g') to my old router
- 450mb download 31 seconds
- 450mb upload 102 seconds
Wireless AC to a wireless AC router
- 450mb download 14 seconds
- 450mb upload 49 seconds
Markedly faster than WirelessN then, but NO WHERE NEAR the advertised speeds from the marketing people. The box advertises 867Mbps when I actually got 257Mbps (32 megabytes per second). This should be plenty fast enough however to stream HDTV.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
To begin with, i don't have this specific product, about 2-3 years ago i purchased Linksys AE1000 dual-band adapter which looks almost like these, it's a piece of junk. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sethioz
I did actually love this and pretty much never went below 450mps when connected to our 5Ghz network. This would get 5 stars if it wasn't so obtrusive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dee
Works well. Automatically connects to either 2.4GHZ or 5GHZ and if your WI-FI AP support AC you can get over 1GBPublished 2 months ago by Gazza
Just couldn't get it to work on a Windows 10 PC. I'm an IT expert with 25+ years of PC experience and tried all the drivers I could but just wouldn't install on Windows 10. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. P. S. Gale
I work on one of the largest enterprise wireless networks in the UK, this adapter does what it says and I have had it connected at 867Mbps to an enterprise class 802. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter North