AirLink101 AWLL6075 Wireless N Mini USB Adapter
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- Standards IEEE 802.11b / g / n Interface: USB 2.0 Data Rate: Transimitting: Up to 150Mbps Receiving: Up to 300Mbps Security: WPA2/WPA-PSK (AES, TKIP) WEP 64, 128-bit
- Antenna Type: Built-in 2 print antennas
- LEDs: Link/ Power
- OS Compatibility: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 or MAC OS 10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6 (Intel-based Only)
- Certification: FCC, CE, IC Warranty Limited: 1-year warranty
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Standards IEEE 802.11b / g / n Interface: USB 2.0 Data Rate: Transimitting: Up to 150Mbps Receiving: Up to 300Mbps Security: WPA2/WPA-PSK (AES, TKIP) WEP 64, 128-bit Antenna Type: Built-in 2 print antennas LEDs: Link/ Power OS Compatibility: Windows 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 or MAC OS 10.4 / 10.5 / 10.6 (Intel-based Only) Certification: FCC, CE, IC Warranty Limited: 1-year warranty
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At first I tried a product from Edimax for the same sort of money that claimed to work with Mac but it was a joke. The driver was done with old PPC coding and the 10.6 version was a lost cause, while the 10.5 version was glitchy and unreliable, so that brought me to Amazon where I read the other reviews here and decided to give this Airlink a go.
The manual for the Mac on the CD is a bit out of date and doesn't accurately reflect the current configuration for system preferences so I did have a couple minutes of head scratching but in actual fact there was nothing really do in the networking tab under snow leopard. In practice I just had to start the Airlink driver software to input my network SSID and add the password, then it all instantly worked with no fuss or bother and so far there has been no loss of connection or slow speeds.
The router is downstairs on the other side of the house and yet I have a signal strength that never dips below 99% and unlike the Edimax that had an inconveniently large antenna the Airlink is no bigger than a thumbnail. The delivery took 7 days, which was a bit slower than I would have expected for a product that was in stock but all in all I'm very happy.
I have just updated to 10.7 and it works but the results so far are patchy after a day or so of testing. It no longer works when attached to my keyboard like before and has to be connected to the main computer. For the most part it's OK but sometimes it will just stop and the only way to fix it is through a computer restart. I am hoping there will be a driver update soon.
It's a very neat, tiny, dongle.
Got the latest OSX 10.6 driver for my Macbook off the Airlink website
ignored the instructions manual,
plugged it in,
loaded the driver,
connected to one of my networks with the AirLink Utility
(which reports my link speeds as TX 150MBS & RX 300MBS
set my router/modem (a Linksys WAG 325N) wireless password
and (inside 2 minutes)
And it appears to be much faster than my failed AirPort card ...
but the range seems a bit limited but that could be my geography
& it doesn't detect my neighbour's network, the AirPort did.
If you need one
get this one.
means you can watch youtube on your TV
I also tried the LM technologies 150mps adapter: the software interface is exactly the same and the adapter gives the same poor results as the Airlink.
The drivers supplied on the CD-ROM were only for 10.5 (Leopard) so I used those initially and went to the Airlink site to get the 10.6 drivers. It is obviously a vast improvement over my defective airport card, but having said that, it does sometimes drop connection as well - though how much is down to the wireless router and how much to the dongle is hard to assess. If it drops, I find just using the wireless utility to reconnect or just pulling out the dongle physically and putting it back in gets the link up and running.
My other gripe would be the packaging - why so big a box for such a tiny dongle? Obviously it would be nice if apple fitted their expensive laptops with high quality components, but in the face of their poor specifications, we can be thankful there are devices like this that will extend the lives of our macbooks.
the adapter itself only sticks out of the USB slot about 2cm so you barely know it's there!
however, i'm not sure if 300Mbps is a realistic expectation, but it's certainly miles faster than the internal 802.11g adapters.
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No issues & good signal strength.
Would recommend for anyone doing a hackingtosh build.
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