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Linksys AE2500 N600 Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I had been trying new AC1900 routers with very little increase in speed. Buying this Linksys WUSB6300 Dual Band Adaptor and disabling the internal wireless card on my HP PC made a considerable difference to internet connection speeds. In addition, the internal card only worked at 2.4Ghz whereas this adaptor is dual band and using the 5Ghz band has also made a considerable difference. In quantitative terms after installing this dongle my PCs speed using fibre broadband went up from around 21Mbps to 32Mbps plus, the upload speed also increased.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2015
OK, first thing's first. This stick works. I can hit my maximum download speed from upstairs with this (100 Mbps+). 3 other adapters I have tried come nowhere close, awesome.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 May 2014
To avoid any confusion this review is for the Linksys WUSB6300 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless-AC USB Adapter (900Mbps).
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: AC1200 Dual Band 3.0Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
WiFi dongles seem to be getting smaller all the time - I have one that's about the size of a tab of chewing gum - but Linksys plainly hates this fashion, because its WUSB6300 is pretty big by dongle standards. This not only means that it looks a bit unsightly, it also means that there's a greater possibility of it being knocked out or even broken in the USB slot. On the plus side, you won't lose it in a hurry - unless it gets knocked out or broken in the USB slot.

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. Linksys advertises connections speeds of "Up to 867 Mbps speed* on Wireless-AC 5 GHz band or up to 300 Mbps speed* on Wireless-N 2.4 GHz band" and whilst I can't confirm the latter I can at least say that I was able to achieve a stated connection speed of 300Mbps with the dongle and router in the same room. This speed remained even when I moved my PC upstairs in my house, several layers of concrete blocks and ceilings away - very impressive.

But as anyone who knows will tell you, the stated connection speed is only half the story; much more important (and accurate) is the transfer speeds between the dongle and the router, which are the true test of a dongle's capabilities. Using the LAN Speed Test Lite program to transfer a 20MB file from my PC to my NAS drive, I was able to achieve write speeds of 51Mbps and read speeds of 84Mpbs through the Linksys. Upping the file size to 50 and then 100MB had only a small effect on the speeds and I was never able to achieve anything even close to approaching 300Mbps, even with the dongle and router feet away from each other; a little disappointing, if I'm honest.

On paper the Linksys is a good thing and in practice it works solidly and consistently. Transfer speeds aren't, in my experience, anywhere near those quoted by Linksys so I wouldn't be quick to use this to stream movies if I had other options - a HomePlug connection being one. That said, if streaming isn't overly important to you, or if you can cope with streaming at lower qualities, the signal strength and unwavering connection the Linksys provides must count for something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Style Name: AC1200 Dual Band 3.0Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Okay first off; the plus points:

- 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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 May 2014
Style Name: AC1200 Dual Band 3.0Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
To avoid any confusion this review is for the Linksys WUSB6300 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless-AC USB Adapter (900Mbps).
As sometimes happens on Amazon listings a number of different products come under the one listing with a drop down menu to select the item.
A number of 1 star reviews you may see (May 2014) are probably for something completely different being either another adaptor or perhaps a router.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2013
I have 5 lines signal from about 5 meters from the router and 2 walls.
It is a Cisco product therefore i was expecting quality.
Luckily I bought it with 12 quids from what i remember, and for the results it was a bargain.
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Style Name: AC1200 Dual Band 3.0Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
I had no problems getting this adapter up and running on my Windows 8.1 64 bit laptop (after disabling the built-in WiFi adapter). I recommend downloading the latest version of the software/drivers directly from the Linksys support website. The "Linksys Connect Setup Software for PC" will automatically install the appropriate drivers for your Windows version and then walk you through a configuration wizard to get the adapter connected to your WiFi network. My WiFi has a hidden SSID and WPA2 security, and both of these were easily configured via the advanced wizard settings. Alternatively, power users can just download the appropriate driver-only installer and configure the connection settings manually (Linksys only seem to supply Windows drivers, so Linux/Mac users are on their own). This device is not plug-and-play supported in Windows 8.1 so the manufacturer's drivers are required to get it working.

I suffered no connection drop-outs or reliability issues when connecting to my NETGEAR WNDR4300 Premium Edition wireless router. Signal strength was pretty good and transfer speeds were noticeably higher than using my laptop's built-in WiFi 'n', as you would expect. Of course, the maximum throughput that you will actually see will depend on which WiFi standard/channel your router supports, as well as the signal strength in your current location. The adapter's 2 LEDs give you an overview of the current wireless activity/security status. There's also a small button for initiating a WPS (WiFi Protected Setup) secure connection, if supported by your router. Other than that, there's nothing more to it.

Aesthetically, the adapter is quite plain and straightforward. Linksys haven't made much of an effort to make this stand out or look interesting, with a dull matt finish and a very standard rounded thumbstick shape. It's also a relatively chunky size, presumably needed to house the built-in antennae, so plugging this in may block off neighbouring USB sockets if they're located quite close together. I still think it looks quite smart but just don't expect anything too designer!

On the downside, it would have been nice if Linksys had provided either a separate plastic USB cradle with an external antennae, or a short stiff USB extension cable that allows you to point the adapter in just the right direction to get the best signal. Most other adapters I've bought/reviewed recently have come with one of these options since it is a real nuisance to have to move the whole laptop/PC just to get a better signal.

As with all WiFi adapters, lots of complaints can often be resolved through configuration changes. For example, check your router settings to see whether it is using the 2.4GHz or 5GHz channel - 2.4GHz is generally better for long range usage and is better supported by older devices, whereas 5GHz is generally better for high bandwidth and transfer speeds. If your router is quite new it may support dual band mode where it will accept connections on either channel at the same time. Also, please don't expect to actually see the maximum quoted theoretical transfer speeds of 900 Mbps - this never happens in reality. You should be very pleased with a real connection speed of just 200 to 300 Mbps.

Lots of people are asking about backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 - I can confirm that this adapter works just fine with older USB 2.0 ports, since that is all my laptop has available! Bear in mind that USB 2.0 has a theoretical maximum throughput of 480 Mbps which is significantly lower than the theoretical maximum speed of this adapter, but in real-world usage I very much doubt this will actually be the limiting factor.

Overall, this is a decent bit of kit that delivers good solid performance. If you don't mind the chunky bland design, or the absence of an additional external cradle/antennae, then this will deliver decent 5GHz Wireless AC performance on a well-configured recent router without any interference or stability issues. A solid 4 stars from me.
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VINE VOICEon 26 June 2014
Style Name: AC1200 Dual Band 3.0Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
My laptop has a built in wireless N card yet I have a wireless AC router. Being able to compare to the built in Intel 5300 wireless N card seemed ideal, and if I could get better range and performance I'd be happy.

Firstly installation, bit of a doddle really as most things like this are nowadays, install the software and plug it in and it's ready to go. It does give you the choice to use the Windows wireless control rather than its own software which is always a delight to see.

The speed of wireless is definitely improved over my N card but with a big caveat - I need to be close to the router. We live in a 3 story house and the further up the house I go the quicker the signal degrades. In our top floor bedroom, the built in N card gave better range and therefore better performance.

In my situation it is hard to recommend. If you have a wireless AC router and live in a small flat or house then this would likely be ideal but for those in larger homes I found the range and drop in speed the further I moved from the router, very disappointing.

I've gone back to my built in card now. Perhaps future drivers or firmware may improve things.
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on 15 December 2014
This seems to be a dependable adapter, but not good at picking up and holding any but very strong signals.
I bought the Linksys AE3000 to replace a much older Netgear N150 adapter. The N150 had worked well for several years: but then driver software glitches began to ruin its performance; and Netgear had ceased providing technical support on this obsolete model. So I gave up on the old Netgear, and bought the up-to-date Linksys AE3000 in full expectation that it would outperform the old Netgear in every respect.
To my amazement, the AE3000 proved incapable of holding signal with my router, which is about 20 metres away, with two intervening masonry walls. The old Netgear N150 had performed fine with exactly the same setup.
I have now resolved the problem. But that required me to buy a WiFi range extender (a Netgear N300) to boost the signal between the router and the adapter. Everything now works fine ... but at a price in both money and more electronic clutter.
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