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Pros: - Easy to setup using the Netgear software
- Low latency - the latency I am getting in online games is comparable to what I was getting with a wired connection. This was my biggest concern with going to wireless, but I'm happy it turned out not to be an issue.
- Reliable performance - no odd bandwidth or signal quality issues
Cons: - Plugging the adapter directly into the PC without using the wired extender that comes with the adapter will likely block at least one other port. My setup isn't conducive to using the extender so I've got the device blocking two frontal USB 3.0 ports and part of an eSATA port (though I have no plans to use it).
Overall Review: Definitely recommend to others, especially gamers who care about low latency numbers.
Pros: Please know, I write this review with some trepidation. I've browsed the review section on several WiFi USB adapters and whew, pretty bleak out there. Also, I've owned the first one I bought for about a month so take that for what it is worth. If my opinion changes, I'll be back. So...
Just FYI I have the Netgear Nighthawk router so these things are probably made to play pretty well together, AND, they do.
I live in an approximately 3000 square foot house with an upstairs bonus room. I have placed the Nighthawk router in that upstairs bonus room so the router is up nice and high compared to the rest of the house and arranged the 3 antennae in the reccommended configuration. Now, while I have a height advantage, that room is at the opposite end of the house from where I have placed these adapters.
My son's room is the furthest and the room I tried first. He was rocking an old refurbished wnda3100 that I got cheap off of an auction site that shall not be named or something and while the 2.4 got acceptable signal, the 5Ghz was abysmal. I wish for the life of me I had recorded the speedtest numbers but from memory, on 2.4, the ping was usually acceptable in the low 30's on a good day and 50-60 Mbps on a good day. He also had to plug and unplug the adapter from time to time to get it to reconnect... But it worked.
After I installed the AC1900 adapter, good gosh. The 5Ghz signal was max. Huge difference. I have Spectrum in a large city in South Texas and pay for 200Mbps service. On my wired connections, I get 210-220 Mbps and a ping around 19-20. I just went and ran speedtest on the adapter in my son's room and got a ping of 27ms and 217Mbps. Literally almost as fast as wired. I've seen better pings on previous runs so, maybe just not a good night.
He has not had to plug/unplug once since I installed it. This is through reboots and sleep cycles.
Cons: So... not sure ya'll are going to take this as a con but...
I am like most of you here in that I don't like having to use 3rd party software. It's usually bull hockey and just gets in the way. I, like a lot of you that are reading this, have had many instances where just letting Windows handle the adapter solved many problems. I tried just plugging it in but Windows didn't recognize so I followed instructions and installed the software. So far, no problems and I really don't know it's there. I am an experienced computer user but not a networking or radio genius so I don't know for this thing if the software maybe is needed for the "beamforming" to work or whatever.
Overall Review: Why did I put a $70 adapter in my son's room who was happy with his wnda3100. Cause I'm a freak. I like tech gadgets? Wanted to get the Mbps I'm paying for. Or maybe I'm just an awesome Dad. I actually thought after I put this in his room, I should put the old one back cause now he's gonna be sucking down my bandwidth... But, then I put another in my daughters room and that one has been flawless as well for the even shorter time I've owned it.
I have no idea if you'll get the same results. I have a feeling the router and these things play really well together. AC and 5Ghz at the signal levels I'm getting are freaking amazing.
Good luck. Don't buy this cause I said so. Seems like there is a vast difference of user experience with any brand of USB adapter out there. Just relating my experience.
Happy- So far....
Pros: worked very well. placed on second floor of home. router is on first. able to easily communicate at high speeds
Cons: none yet
Pros: modern and sleek design.
took my speed from 144mbps with an internal 6200n to 1.3Gbps
Cons: large magnet base makes this stable when off to the side, but have to be careful with your external drives!
Overall Review: stronger signal increase than i expected
I never bother with driver discs, they always seem to be out of date so i didnt even try. I plugged it in right away and used a driver utility with no issues.
Pros: Easy setup, Genie to view speeds
Overall Review: This is a great adapter I have no issues on my PC with it. It was easy to setup the device and had no problems getting it connected to my internet. I was actually surprised at how well it worked. 10/10
Pros: Fast, Reliable, and Easy-to-setup with all WiFi locations and services!
Overall Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Pros: Easy install, very fast
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: Had a cheap Edamax wireless usb adapter connected and it was extremely slow, researched fast wireless adapters and this Netgear came up with great reviews, ordered it from NewEgg and it was delivered the next day!!!!! Installed on my desktop very easily and quickly and this thing is very fast, able to do multiple online things without anything slowing down. Highly recommended!!
Pros: Easy setup,,, very powerful signal,,,
Overall Review: Like the product would highly recomend to everyone