Purchased this wireless network card and physically cut it in half to fit inside a Dell Inspiron Zino HD. (Cut off the part where there aren't any electrical components just the blank silicon wafer so it would fit inside the unit.) Windows 7 detected the card without any issues. Had to purchase antennas for Mini PCI-E cards off eBay to complete the installation and it works great. Wished Monoprice carried the antennas for those who already do not have any built-in antennas inside their computers.
PROS: This card went into an nettop, Aspire Revo 1600 that came with no networking card but an mini pci-express card slot. It fit right in and was recognized by Windows 7 out of the box. If you're replacing a laptop wireless card then you should already have an antenna wired inside.
CONS: If you're planning to install this card where non previously existed keep in mind that the card itself will be useless without the antenna, which is not included in the box. Go on eBay and pick an antenna up for five dollars or less.
Monoprice's service was great, they sent me a replacement before I sent back the first shipped unit. Sadly, the second one was also missing one of the antenna connectors. And, according to them, the whole batch had the same problem. Had to get a USB adapter instead.
PROS: Price was right.
CONS: The original and the replacement came with a missing antenna connector.
Previous wireless adapter wouldn't connect to the NET at various places at my school, so I decided to take a chance on this adapter, and bingo! Can now get the internet at school. Simple to install, great for product replacement of faulty adapters like mine. thanks!
PROS: Great price, functional adapter
CONS: range isn't the best, and doesn't come with antennas but that wasn't a problem for me
I purchased 2 cards. Tried them both out and upgraded to the lasted driver from the manufacturer. I did get them both to connect at 135-150 Mbps. The problem is that you will get intermittent signal loss multiple times an hour. Usually only lasts about 2-5 seconds and recovers. But it did get annoying when I tried it in gaming and watching Hulu.
Overall recommendation, if you need an inexpensive network adapter for basic surfing and email then this is the card for you. If you are going to stream video or gaming then I would not recommend, which kind of defeats the purpose of having an N-adapter. This is going to be my first Monoprice Return.
FYI: I did purchase the USB N-adapter and works great! Product ID: 5333. My wife has had no problems with it on her computer. I was just hoping for a non-USB dongle N-Speed solution.
Purchased specifically to use in dual boot machine with Win 7 and Mac Lion OS. Detected and works perfectly in Win7 but can not get de3vice to show up in Mac Lion using driver software from adapter Mfgr site. Still performance with Win7 has been flawless.
PROS: Cost, Compatibility.
CONS: Unable to get device to show up in driver software in Mac Lion. Works perfectly in Windows 7.
I ordered 10 of these as a test to replace 802.11g wireless cards in several laptops and installation was a snap on Windows 7 based laptops. The driver is already present, or Windows update finds it fast.
In Windows XP it took forever to find the driver using Windows Update, so I had to do a websearch to find the driver and download it, which took awhile. It would be nice if Monoprice would add a link to the driver.
On a few laptops I had to cut the card to half height, which was a little tricky, scoring or perforations would be nice.
If not for those minor issues, I'd rate it a 10.
I do plan on ordering 70 more.
PROS: Low cost Easy install in Windows 7
CONS: No perforation or scoring to make cutting it to half height easier Drivers for Windows XP were a bit difficult to find