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Tenda W522U - network adapter
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W522U adopts the latest dual band 802.11n technology that allows users to select 2.4G Hz or 5GHz to wireless network connection. Uses can either choose 2.4GHz to connect to IEEE802.11g/IEEE802.11b wireless network for Internet access and email handling or 5GHz wireless network for HD multimedia video. With perfect downward compatibility with 802.11a/b/g products, W522U brings you with ultimate freedom of wireless network connection.
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In order to test it I ran some speed checks on the internet with my PC (Windows 7 64bit) first attached via wire and the via this WiFi device. I was expecting the results to be pretty similar and they were although on a limited test the WiFi connection was better than the wired one so it may well stay on my PC. Maybe not the cheapest or most elegant of such devices but it does the job it is supposed to well enough and that is the main thing. I'll update this review if anything crops up while I'm using it.
Connected up to my 5GHz WPA2-personal wifi network just fine, ran a speed test against my internal server, transfer rate of 163Mbps reported! Far faster than my laptop's built-in Broadcom wifi adaptor. Possibly not as sensitive, though, as it shows 4 available networks, whereas my built-in Broadcom adaptor reports 8 (although some of them are such a weak signal they're unlikely to be really usable).
Includes a button for WPS (wifi protected setup) to make connecting easy - but I don't use that on my network, so haven't tested that feature.
The device is reported by lsusb as a "Ralink Technology, Corp. RT3572 Wireless Adapter", with USB ID 148f:3572.
All in all, good value, fast USB wifi adaptor - giving my laptop the ability to use my 5GHz network which it didn't have before (my built-in wifi only supports the more common and congested 2.4GHz band).
If I had to find anything negative to report, I would say that I prefer it not to come with a cap, as it then is left floating around once the product is in use. I prefer a sliding cap that remains attached throughout.
Overall, this USB network interface card is perfectly good at what it does. It has been very useful for my own needs, but may be less so for your average household, as most laptops would have an internal one already.
In line with the user manual I disabled the other network devices listed by device manager (only one).
Then I inserted the Tenda adapter in a spare USB 2.0 (3.0 also tried) on a i7 Win7 64 bit system and windows tried to load a suitable driver but could not find one.
I then put the supplied Tenda CD in and the opening screen appeared. I pressed RUN and the usual windows message about allowing the program to make changes appeared - clicked YES and installation stared.
After only a few seconds installation stopped telling me that "Driver Installation needs the Wireless Adapter to be inserted into my computer". It was already inserted so I pressed OK and nothing happened. I tried several more times and each time I got the same message. I tried taking the adapter out and putting it back in but still nothing. I tried changing USB ports but still nothing.
I tried loading the latest drivers (v3.0) from the Tenda site and despite having a fast fibre connection the down load speed was less than 5KB/s. The estimated down load time was 5 hours. Just as a check I tried the Uswitch broadband speed checker with the result that my download speed was over 36Mb/s.
The final result is that I could not get the software to load I was not going to spend 5 hours trying to download a very small file.
I could have had a faulty product but that would not explain the very slow driver down load speed but I have given up and gone back to my home plugs.
Most laptops and desktops in recent manufactured times come fitted with a wireless adaptor working at 2.4GHz geared to current standards and ISP suppliers routers.
Having a multiband wireless adaptor allows separation of wireless conventional traffic and game units. ( You will also need a multichannel router ( or game unit operating a 5GHz) if you want to benefit from the 5Ghz band which is said to give enhanced HD video playback with this unit .
So to my experiences – I tried to install the unit on a 7 year old Acer (Windows XP) fitted already with a 2.4Ghz wireless system. The unit plugged into a USB port which didn’t recognise it completely . Putting the software CD in the drive also failed to autostart or install using the wizard .
Opening the CD contents manually, I found the Adaptor manual ( English and Chinese versions) , which appears to be well written – I suggest reading it before trying to install the software which will require the disabling of any existing wireless unit. Although the system was connected to the internet throughout the laptop didn’t download any relevant driver
Instructions are given for Windows 7 and Vista – couldn’t see any specific instructions for XP or Windows 8 . Other reviewers evidently got it to work OK on Win 8 and Win 7.
It finally worked OK when the software was installed via clicking on “Autorun” on the CD but it didn’t seem to be significantly better than the existing 2.4Ghz adaptor. Others have also reported the performance with XP – I couldn’t see any speed differences on my ( albeit old and sluggish) laptop.
Having no dual band router , I cannot comment as to how well the 5Ghz system works.
Rate it as 3 stars
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easy to install software, fast, was set up and running in no time, not a lot more I can say.....does what its supposed to
It's hard to be too enthusiastic about a device like this, but I do keep one on my laptop bag for when the internal card gets unreliable which happens on occasion. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. Michael Heron
This wireless card works well and would be a good short term fix if if you were having problems with your PC's wireless card. Read morePublished 22 months ago by J.E.T
I was surprised at the range offered by this cheap adaptor - it was easy to set up and the quality of the signal was fine, especially at this price.Published 22 months ago by Kev Partner
I don't have a disk drive in the computer I was installing this on. It did not work 'out of the box' so I needed to install the driver. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dulwich Guy
These sort of devices should just plug in and work. That's the way they are designed to function and that is what they should do - plug it in, install the software, if any, and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by marcoscu
I just love it when it does what it says on the tin. This was never going to be very exciting product but it has given a new lease of life to an old, old machine. Read morePublished 23 months ago by I. P. Gearing