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Big improvement over the 'G' card it replaced.
on 1 December 2012
I've recently started using my laptop to play video streamed from another PC. The laptop is plugged into the bedroom TV.
Using the existing Intel 3945ABG card the throughput was too slow to watch a HD recording. So I bit the bullet and upgraded the wireless to this 'N' card.
The card seems to perform well. the connection through two stud walls is ~270Mbits which is not quite full speed. The connection speed can fluctuate though which, I suppose, is normal.
A HD recording streams at a more than adequate rate to watch with no glitches.
I did have an issue when I first installed the card - my Acer laptop would not turn the card on via the hardware switch. Windows could 'see' the card and the drivers all seemed to say no problem. Diagnostics revealed the message 'hardware radio switch is off' (or something like that). This card does not have a full set of contacts where it goes into it's slot on the motherboard. Presumably this caused my BIOS some issues. A bit of Google searching revealed a simple, all be it fiddly, work around. All I had to do was put a small bit of insulating tape over pin 20 on the card. Hey presto everything is now tickety boo. I think this means that I can no longer physically turn wireless off via the hardware switch. Effectively this just means I can't use this laptop on an airplane.
The above is relayed to help anybody else who ends up with a similar issue. I firmly believe that this was caused by the age of my laptop and not the 'N' card.
4 stars instead of 5 because of the signal variation. This could easily be caused by my configuration as much as the card.
If your looking for this type of card I think you could buy this with confidence.